10 Sure-Fire Salsa Recipes: For Cinco de Mayo and All Summer Long
Making salsa is like playing jazz; there’s an elemental structure to it, but otherwise it’s all about improvisation and creativity. Unlike jazz, though, mastering the art of making salsa doesn’t require years of practice. As our handy step-by-step salsa tutorial demonstrates, it’s largely a matter of chopping a few basic vegetables (or fruits!) and combining them with fresh herbs and spices. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making salsa from Cinco de Mayo all the way through summer.
That’s because — as these recipes show — when it comes to salsa, there’s no limit to the amount of improvisation you can do. We’ve included a wonderful fresh-tomato salsa that showcases the best of summer’s tomatoes, and classic Salsa Mexicana that’s likely to give even the salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant a run for its money. In addition, we’ve found some truly innovative salsas that feature fresh fruit such as peaches and pineapple, and even one that combines the flavors of Mexico and India.
Fresh salsa is the perfect accompaniment for homemade tacos and enchiladas, of course, but it also goes great with any number of summertime dishes, especially grilled chicken and seafood. And nothing quite captures the spirit of the season like enjoying those long summer evenings out on the patio with a big bag of tortilla chips and plenty of salsa dip. So fix up a double batch — we guarantee you’ll have no trouble finding plenty of ways to savor it.
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