It is National Salsa Month, and we’re excited to share recipes. We love salsa. That might be because we’re based in southern California. We use it practically every day, and good, homemade salsa is always delicious. The stuff from a jar is tasty, but it can’t beat the homemade version. And, pre-made salsas can have many additives, including sugar. Fresh salsa doesn’t need sugar!
Salsa is great as a dip, condiment or used as an ingredient! We often find ourselves adding red salsa into recipes that call for tomatoes. It’s versatile and has a lot of flavor! Of course, there are so many types of salsa that all have different taste profiles, ingredients and uses. There are even sweet salsas that are great for desserts.
You can buy freshly made salsa with simple ingredients in the produce section of most supermarkets in our area. Mexican food is a staple of many people’s diets here in San Diego. It’s interesting how supermarkets offer different things regionally. You would expect them to be the same, but they aren’t. Stores in Louisiana have trinity blend — onion, bell pepper and celery — precut. Stores in the northeast often have extensive selections of items from western Europe. Everywhere has its thing. Ours have several types of healthy, fresh salsa! If you aren’t so lucky, these four low-carb recipes are perfect for you.
Salsa verde is a little spicy, a little tangy and absolutely delicious on grilled meat, eggs and so many other dishes. We love this version because it uses green tomatoes instead of tomatillos. Tomatillos can be hard to get a hold of if they aren’t commonly eaten in your area, so this recipe makes it a lot more accessible to most of America! A serving has eight calories, 1.82 grams of carbs and 0.4 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This salsa is a little different from the usual and very refreshing. It’s perfect for a cookout! Cucumbers absorb a lot of flavor and add crunch. This is an ideal snacking salsa. The abundance of cucumbers makes it very low in carbs. There a kick to this salsa with jalapeños, but there is also garlic, lime, parsley and cilantro, making it flavorful and moreish. Being both low in carbs and calories, the thing you have to think about is how many chips you have with it! A serving has 10 calories and two grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
We put salsa fresca, also known as pico de gallo, on everything around here. Of course, it’s ubiquitous on tacos, but it’s also excellent on burgers, on top of creamy soups, in omelets, added into a salad and so on. You name a dish, our team has added salsa fresca to it! It’s a wonderful mix of onion, tomato and peppers that we think adds a bright pop of flavor to almost anything! A serving has 15 calories, three grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
The heartiest salsa on our list is rich in healthy fats. It’s also perfect with low-carb crackers or chips or as a cold side dish. It’s a delicious salsa with large bits of veggies because salsa come in all varieties — smooth to chunky. With avocadoes and bell peppers in addition to onions, jalapeños and tomatoes, you get a lot of different tastes and textures in each bite! This salsa tastes like summer to us; we’re big fans! A serving has 70 calories, 4.6 grams of carbs and three grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope that you enjoy these recipes and that they turn you away from salsa in a jar forever! Once you start making your own, you’ll never want to go back!