My husband and I are salsa addicts. We eat it with chips and quesadillas, on our burgers and stuffed inside grilled cheese sandwiches.
Lately, though, we’ve wanted more variety than traditional tomato-based salsas and have started to experiment with fruity, summery ingredients like cherries, mango, pineapple and nectarines that make great fresh salsas! Here are 6 surprising foods to make salsa with and sensational salsa recipes from EatingWell that we love and now make all the time at home.
Like tomatoes, cherries are sweet and tart, and they have enough body and integrity to stand in for tomatoes in salsa, especially when mixed with smoky chipotle chiles. This rich salsa is a fantastic accompaniment to these grilled pork fajitas.
Pork Fajitas with Smoky Cherry Salsa
Makes: 4 servings
Active time: 45 minutes | Total: 45 minutes
This pork fajitas recipe with grilled pork tenderloin, onions and peppers gets a sweet-smoky aroma and flavor when topped with chipotle-infused cherry salsa. Manchego cheese, though untraditional for fajitas, pairs nicely.
Mangoes are a natural in salsa. Like tomatoes, mangoes are sweet, tart and juicy. They balance the spice of a jalapeño perfectly, cutting through the heat rather than amplifying it. Try out this quick mango salsa as a topper for grilled chicken, pork or mild white fish.
Makes: 4 servings, about 1/3 cup each
Active time: 10 minutes | Total: 25 minutes
The tropical flavors of this quick mango salsa complement chicken, pork or mild white fish.
Watermelons are thirst-quenching—perfect for eating in the summer heat. This recipe combines diced watermelon with lots of red onion, cilantro and lime juice and makes a refreshingly crunchy and spicy salsa that is delicious with tortilla chips and a margarita.
Makes: 8 servings, 1/2 cup each
Sweet, savory and crunchy salsa accompanies grilled pork or chicken rather nicely. Try it with tortilla chips as a refreshing alternative to a tomato salsa.
Pineapple salsa is a match made in heaven for more flavorful meats—grilled shrimp and lamb and barbecued pork. In this unconventional salsa recipe, pineapple is cooked with dried figs, curry powder and toasted coconut. It is full-bodied and sweet, crunchy and spicy.
Curried Pineapple & Dried Fig Salsa
Makes: About 3 cups
Active time: 15 minutes | Total: 30 minutes
The combination of figs, pineapple, coconut and curry gives this salsa a pleasing sweet and spicy taste that pairs well with full-flavored entrees, such as broiled seafood, pan-seared shrimp, barbecued pork or lamb.
Call it what you will, this combination of chopped ripe nectarines with fresh, sweet corn kernels and juicy cherry tomatoes is a winner of a salsa. It would be wonderful tossed with cooked pasta for quick and easy summer salad.
Nectarine, Corn & Tomato Relish
Makes: 6 servings, about 2/3 cup each
Active time: 15 minutes | Total: 15 minutes
Tomatillos are small, green fruits that are related to the tomato. They are typically the base for green salsa, a.k.a. salsa verde, which is common in Mexican cooking. You can usually find them in the produce section of the supermarket, still wrapped in their delicate paper skin. Grilling the tomatillos adds a lovely smoky flavor and aroma to this simple salsa.
Makes: About 1 1/2 cups
Active time: 20 minutes | Total: 20 minutes
Grilling the tomatillos in this salsa adds a lovely smoky flavor and aroma.
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