Summer Salsa

  • Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:02 a.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:10 a.m.
Cucumber Salsa
Cucumber Salsa

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.

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Summer vegetable salsa

What you need

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 small zucchini, diced

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

What to do

In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and black pepper; mix well and set aside. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Top with dressing and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to use.

Cucumber Salsa

What you need

2 cups finely diced peeled cucumber

1/2 cup finely diced red onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1 jalapeņo (with seeds), finely diced

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

What to do

Mix first five ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in lime juice and oil. Season to taste with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and more lime juice, if desired.

Watermelon salsa

What you need

2 cups diced watermelon

2 cups diced fresh pineapple

1/2 cup diced red onion

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 jalapeno pepper, diced

1/4 cup lemon juice

Hot pepper sauce to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Granulated sugar, optional (depending on sweetness of fruit)

What to do

In a large bowl, combine watermelon, pineapple, onion, cilantro, and jalapeņo pepper; toss gently.

Add lemon juice and season to taste with hot sauce, salt and pepper. If additional sweetness is desired, add a small amount of sugar. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

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, jalapeņo 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 jalapeņo, 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 and I'll share them on my Facebook page this week.

Contact reporter Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.



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