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A Guide to Making Healthy Salsa

Author: Cara Walsh

October 09, 2014

A Guide to Making Healthy Salsa

Author: Cara Walsh

October 09, 2014

Salsa is a naturally healthy food as it contains mostly fresh vegetables and herbs. When you purchase store bought versions they usually have added sodium and sugars, as well as preservatives. It’s not difficult to make your own version at home, and then adjust spiciness level as you see fit.
If making salsa for the first time, its easiest to start with a basic salsa recipe. There are countless variations that can be made, but simple is always a good place to start. Tomatoes are usually the star of a typical salsa dish and are nutrient rich—full of lycopene, antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, C and E.

 

Homemade Tomato Salsa

  • 4 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1-2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients and season additionally to taste. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from here.

To mix it up a little, try a fruit salsa!

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • ½ small English cucumber, diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Black pepper

Combine all ingredients and adjust spiciness level as desired.

Recipe adapted from here.

 

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