Also known as:
Salsa Fresca, Pico de Gallo, Salsa Verde
Likes: Garden fresh tomatoes and cilantro
Dislikes: Being ignored or forgotten in her ramekin on the side of your plate, being stereotyped as only good for tortilla chips
Hobbies: Mixing up the flavor with ingredients like chipotle, mango, corn, black beans, even cherries and the occasional apple
Find her: Topping her favorite Mexican and South American cuisine from tacos to burritos to huevos rancheros
Fresh and sometimes a little spicy, Salsa can add fresh flavor and la vida sabrosa (tasty life) to any dish or meal! Typically made simply with juicy and ripe tomatoes, crisp onions and garlic, verdant and flavorful cilantro and a squeeze of lime, she loves to be seen in all her unique varieties, each with its own powerful health benefits.
Salsa Roja or Pico de Gallo – This basic recipe (slightly different depending on whose abuela or tia is mixing it up) provides a dose of lycopene from the tomatoes, improves blood flow, heart health, and cholesterol levels, thanks to the garlic and, with the help of cilantro, offers antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits.
Salsa Verde – She may not be as sweet without the tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean she won’t help you out with your health. With a base of tomatillos, you’ll get vitamin C, potassium and even fiber when you serve up Salsa Verde.
Mango Salsa – Salsa sometimes likes to have a little fun, and it shows when she gets fruit in the mix. When tomatoes are swapped out for mangos, you’ll be getting plenty of vitamins A and C to keep your eyes and immune system going strong.
Salsa can be your tried and true, “recipe handed down for generations” comfort food, but remember that she is always ready to surprise you, whether it’s with the smoky fire of an added chipotle, the cool crunch of fresh summer corn mixed in, or the added flavor and texture of black beans. Are you ready for the tasty benefits of Salsa?
Here are just a few of the places we’ve spotted Salsa at Healthy Dining restaurants:
Mango pineapple salsa on the Jamaican Grilled Chicken Breast(lighter portion) at Bahama Breeze (160 calories, 2 g fat) Located in Eastern US
Roasted corn salsa on the Side Salad: Mixed Baby Green Salad - w/o dressing at Chevys (150 calories, 5 g fat) Located Nationwide
Pico de gallo on the Vegetarian Santa Fe Salad at Granite City Food and Brewery (330 calories, 19 g fat) Located in WI, SD, ND, OH, NE, KS, MO, IN, IL, IA
Citrus salsa on the Salmon Tacos with Slaw, Salsa, & Crema at King Edward Grill (530 calories, 26 g fat) Located in Jackson, MS
Fresh salsa on the Paia Burrito at Maui Tacos (540 calories, 13 g fat) Located in CA, UT, HI, ID, TX, MN, NC, MD, DC, NJ, NY
Pico de gallo on La Flaca™ Huevos Campero Flatbread at Sergio’s (420 calories, 20 g fat) Located in FL
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