Last week when I asked my Facebook friends of ideas for simple, summer food pages I could put together for the Post, I got an array of responses.
Both Kaye Brown Hirst and Rusty Shuping suggested doing something with cucumbers. Eric DiMarzio wanted ideas for creative things to do with watermelon. Sara Pitzer suggested using fruits and vegetables from the Farmers Market. There were more ideas, but I’ll save those for later.
I decided I would take all these requests and combine them to make some festive salsas. Salsa is one of my favorite summer delights. It’s the perfect afternoon snack and a great way to kick off a meal when served as an appetizer.
I searched for recipes that were a bit out of the ordinary. I had never even heard of cucumber salsa until I stumbled upon a recipe that included red onion, cilantro, fresh mint, jalapeńo and lime juice.
The mint gave this salsa a fresh kick, without overpowering the taste of the cucumber. It was light and refreshing. This mixture would be great to eat alone with tortilla chips or on top of a few slices of tomato.
The summer vegetable salsa was my favorite. I constantly have a hankering for peppers and this one include a green, yellow and red bell pepper. The zucchini added a unique element and the fresh basil gave the taste a bit more depth.
This salsa would be great paired with a steak hot off the grill or a piece of chicken.
The watermelon salsa screamed summer. The combination of watermelon and pineapple make it a dessert-like treat. The inclusion of jalapeńo, red onion and cilantro balanced out the sweetness of the fruits.
The great thing about salsa is that you can whip up a batch in about 15 minutes and it only requires some chopping and mixing.
Email your favorite salsa recipes to email@example.com and I’ll share them on my Facebook page this week.
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