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National Salsa Month! Healthy and tasty!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


National Salsa Month! Healthy and tasty!

 

May is National Salsa Month! Made with fresh vegetables – and sometimes fresh fruits – salsa is one of the healthiest condiments you can put on the table. According to some sales figures, salsa long ago surpassed ketchup as America’s favorite condiment.

 

Salsa is a low-calorie, low-fat treat unless any kind of oil is one of the ingredients. Oil adds 14 grams of fat and 120 calories per tablespoon of salsa.

 

Peppers are a great ingredient because they bring vitamins A, C, B6 and K to the party. Jalapenos and chili peppers bring capsaicin, a valuable antioxidant, to the party. Here are two simple recipes: California Salsa and – because this is Wisconsin – Cherry Salsa.

 

Fresh salsa should keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 

Pro tip: Use a vegetable chopper to cut your salsa prep time way down.

 

Fresh California Salsa

Makes 16 servings.

 

Ingredients

4 large tomatoes, diced

½ large onion, minced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Salt to taste

 

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. Add jalapenos 2 teaspoons at a time. Because jalapenos vary in heat, taste after each addition to see how hot the salsa has become. Salt to taste.

 

Nutrition facts per serving

12 calories

0.1 g fat (0.0 g saturated fat)

0 mg cholesterol

3 mg sodium

131 mg potassium

2.7 g carbohydrates

0.7 g dietary fiber

0.5 g protein

1 g sugars

Source: Allrecipes

 

Cherry Salsa

4 cups cherries, stemmed, pitted and chopped

8 green onions, chopped

1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

¼ cup lemon juice

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

 

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Serve with chips.

Source: Food Network

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