Salsa is fast replacing tomato ketchup as our favourite sauce to spice up a burger or hot dog at barbecues. But there are far more varieties of salsa to sample than just the traditional blend of tomatoes, chili peppers, onion, garlic and fresh coriander that we see in all of the supermarket salsas. Here are five of the best alternative salsa recipes for you to give your next BBQ a zesty Tex Mex makeover. Provecho, Amigo! (That’s how they say ‘enjoy your meal’ in Mexico.)
Mango and Black Bean Salsa
Mango, black beans and avocado are joined by some fresh cilantro leaves, red onion, grated ginger, lime juice, olive oil, freshly ground black pepper and salt. Yes, if you still insist on having tomato in your salsa, this can be added too. Like all the salsas in our hotlist, once prepared, this mango and black bean salsa should be refrigerated until you are ready to serve it up. However, if you like your avocado to remain looking green rather than a brownish colour, hold off on using this ingredient altogether or add the diced avocado pieces just before you’re about to eat.
Minty Green Olive and Celery Salsa
This unusual salsa combo is the brainchild of famous Boston chef Tim Cushman, who first experienced the delicious delights of salsa-making back in the early 1970s. Smashed garlic cloves, chopped capers and freshly ground pepper give this crunchy American transformation of a Mexican classic some added bite.
A sweet pineapple salsa is the perfect accompaniment to grilled fish, especially if you have infused the main dish with some hot Cajun spices. Shredded fresh mint, thinly sliced green onions and finely diced chunks of pineapple are mixed in a bowl and seasoned with pepper to create the pineapple salsa. However, just before serving, coconut vinegar and olive oil are then added to really make your pineapple salsa stand out from the crowd.
Smokey Chipotle Cherry Salsa
The seemingly crazy mixture of sweet cherries and Chipotle, a smoked dried jalapeno pepper in adobo sauce, actually creates a really nice flavour combination. The addition of fresh red onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper provide the finishing touches for this spicy fruit salsa. It’s great for pork dishes such as BBQ pulled pork, while a brilliant alternative for vegetarians would be blackened tofu.
Today’s popular gourmet pairing of balsamic vinegar and strawberries forms the basis of this versatile salsa recipe by Amy Johnson, an American food blogger from South Carolina. She says this sweet and tangy salsa is very easy to make, working equally as well in the role of either an appetizer, snack or dessert topping. If you can buy or bake yourself some cinnamon pita chips to go with her strawberry salsa, Amy reckons you’ll really be in for a wonderfully tasty treat.
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