10-Minute Homemade Salsa Recipes


Does your heart do a dance every time you achieve the perfect chip to salsa ratio? Salsa lovers, unite! Packed with fresh veggies and free from dairy, salsa is way healthier than most other dipping condiments like calorie-laden queso or artichoke dip. Even better news? It’s ridiculous easy to make your own homemade salsa. We’re talking 10 minutes — tops!

Make it yourself and you’ll avoid the added sugar, corn syrup and unnatural preservatives found in lots of store-bought varieties. Plus, you can add more garlic, jalapeno, cilantro or fruit depending on your personal taste. Most salsas are also gluten-free and vegan, meaning they’re a hassle-free choice for snackers with dietary restrictions. Add zip to grains, tacos, grilled seafood, meats, eggs and more, or simply pair them with your favorite chips. Since we love a unique salsa recipe, we’ve rounded up eight creative, healthy salsas in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Dig in!


1. Avocado Salsa
Go gaga for chunky salsa? Use a mixture of canned and fresh tomatoes, then add avocado for a creamy taste. Be sure to chill in the fridge for an hour before serving so the flavors condense and deepen. Photo and Recipe: Nicole / Culinary Cool


2. Nectarine Basil Salsa
We’ll let you in on a juicy secret: Fruity salsas are the most summer-friendly condiment around. This nectarine version would pair perfectly with some steak fajitas or a sweet potato veggie burger. Pro tip: If your nectarines aren’t quite ripe, keep them at room temperature in a brown bag. Photo and Recipe: Lindsay / Pinch of Yum

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3. Cucumber Mango Salsa
Tomato haters, this one’s for you! Instead of dodging big red chunks when dipping, try making this easy recipe that’s sweet and refreshing but still has a nice kick of lime. It’d go great with chips or mixed into a bowl of brown rice or quinoa. Photo and Recipe: Kiersten / Oh My Veggies


4. Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Salsa
Jalape-NO way we’d skimp on spice for our fiestas! This hot blend gets just a bit of sweetness, thanks to aged balsamic vinegar. Your salsa will taste better if you leave it out to room temperature before serving, so remember to take it out of the fridge well before guests arrive. Photo and Recipe: Robin / Knead to Cook


5. Spicy Salsa Verde
A mix of herbs, onions and tomatillos, salsa verde is supposed to pack a spicy punch and this zesty version delivers. Roast the tomatillos and then blend with the other ingredients. Regular salsa will be green with envy. Photo and Recipe: Melissa / I Breathe… I’m Hungry…


6. Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad
Revamp leftover corn on the cob by using it in this spicy salsa. With black beans and diced mango, the recipe is hearty enough to serve as a side but can also double as a dip. Photo and Recipe: Christina / Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

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7. Strawberry Salsa
Basic ingredients come together in the best way possible for this berry fruity recipe. Serve it with cinnamon pita chips or pair it with low-fat pound cake for a healthy dessert. If spicy isn’t your style, remove the seeds from the Serrano chilies or omit the chilies all together.  Photo: Scarletta / Scarletta Bakes


8. Cantaloupe Salsa
A great source of vitamin C and potassium, cantaloupe is a fun way to switch up your salsa routine. If you want extra color, try adding some honeydew melon into the mix. Eat it immediate since your melons will get too soft in a day or two. Photo and Recipe: Kaela / Local Kitchen Blog

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