There's nothing tastier than salsa prepared from garden-fresh ingredients. So, why crack open a jar when you can make your own? Sure, the store-bought stuff is convenient, but homemade salsa — with a handful of veggies and aromatic spices — is simple to make, too.
Not to mention, your DIY recipe will be free of additives and other processed junk. If you're ready to sample your own salsa creation, try these five no-fuss salsa recipes to spice up your dip game (literally). The best part: Amost all of these take just 10 minutes or less to go from mixing bowl to your mouth.
1. Kimchi Salsa
This sour and spicy spin on salsa incorporates kimchi, a fermented food that's great for gut health, and canned tomatoes. Tomatoes contain a cancer-fighting antioxidant called lycopene — and your body can actually better absorb the lycopene in canned tomatoes versus fresh, according to the Tomato Wellness Council.
Prefer a thicker, chunkier salsa? Drain some juice from your canned tomatoes.
2. 5-Minute Salsa
The name says it all! Only five minutes stand between you and pure salsa bliss. This simple, traditional salsa recipe calls for fresh Campari tomatoes (known for their juiciness), spicy jalapeño peppers and acidic lime juice, and clocks in at just 14 calories per serving. Pair it with some baked tortilla chips and a low-cal margarita. Better yet, get double the veggies by dipping carrots and celery sticks into the flavorful mix.
3. Cucumber and Avocado Salsa
Combining cool cucumbers and creamy avocado, this 76-calorie salsa recipe is both satisfyingly crunchy and filling. You can munch it on its own as a refreshing salad or scoop it onto multi-grain chips. The bonus: All these good-for-you veggies count toward your recommended daily amount of two-and-a-half cups per day.
4. Tropical Mango Papaya Salsa
Who says salsa can't be spicy and sweet? Chunks of juicy mango and papaya supply a natural sweetness to this 10-minute salsa recipe that serves up some serious tropical vacation vibes. Essentially a fruit salad with a zesty zip, this salsa is a fun and easy way to sneak more vitamin-rich fruits into your day.
5. Avocado Salsa Verde
Feeling hot, hot, hot! This picante salsa owes all its fire to serrano peppers, a type of Mexican chili that packs more heat than jalapeños on the Scoville scale (a measurement of spiciness). Not sure your tongue can bear the burn? For a tamer salsa, remove all the chilis' seeds and membranes, which is where the pungent pepper holds its heat.
Note: At 25 minutes, this recipe takes a little longer to prep since it involves simmering tomatillos until they're tender. But, believe us, it's worth the time and effort.