Homemade Salsa Five Ways

Here’s a recipe you might want to use it if you’re hosting a Super Bowl party next week. It’s taken from C.C. Owens Multi-tasking in the Kitchen (posted on August 5, 2011) The salsa is light, fresh and bursting with flavor. Bonus: Owens includes 5 other ways to use the salsa. Great ideas to save time and eat healthy! 

Homemade Salsa 

To make the salsa, combine the following ingredients in a non-metallic bowl. Cover and let them sit them sit in your refrigerator at least 3 hours.

  •  3 cups tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped
  • 2 T fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chili, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 t salt
  • juice from 1 lime (about 3 tablespoons)

 Now, for the recipes…

1. Dinner: Baked Salmon or Tilapia  

*For salmon, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray an oven-safe skillet. Place salmon fillets flesh-side down (if they have skin) and cook on stove top for 4 minutes at medium-high heat. Flip salmon and cook on stove top an additional 4 minutes. Top each piece with 2-3 tablespoons salsa and place skillet in oven for 5 minutes to finish.

*For tilapia, lightly spray a baking dish with oil. Place tilapia in dish. Top each fillet with 2-3 tablespoons of salsa. Then, bake for 8-11 minutes in a 450-degree oven.

2. Dinner or Weekend Breakfast: Omelets           

Make your omelet with the veggies and cheese of your choice: asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, mozzarella, provolone, etc. You might want to avoid green pepper and tomatoes because those are in the salsa. Top with salsa, add fruit and toast, and voilà – a hearty breakfast or light dinner is at your table. Don’t know how to make an omelet? Scramble some eggs, add some cooked veggies, and top with your salsa. Same great flavors, different presentation style.

 3. Quick Lunch: Tuna Salad      

Drain a 5 oz can of tuna. (Water-packed works best; the oil-packed tends to overpower the freshness of the salsa.) Place in a bowl and mix in ½ cup salsa being sure to include some of the salsa liquid. When you’re ready to eat, place the tuna on a bed of greens, add some fruit and enjoy!

Note: This tuna salad is juicy, so it’s not a good version to put in a pita or wrap. Soggy bread – Ewww! If you prefer your tuna salad with bread, try breaking your pita into pieces and dipping it into your tuna.

4. Easy Side Dish: Orzo with Salsa    

Cook orzo according to package instructions and drain water. Place in bowl. While still warm, add 1-2 tablespoons salsa per serving of orzo. Adjust to taste. Can serve warm or cold. (Easy Measuring Tip:  4 Tablespoons = ¼ Cup)

5. Family Night Snack: Chips and Dip  

There you have it – one recipe, 5 easy dishes. This recipe will last about 5 days in your refrigerator, so make up a batch and enjoy some easy cooking!

2 Responses to “Homemade Salsa Five Ways”
  1. Mary Beth Welsh says:

    Yum, sounds like a good reason to have a superbowl party. Love you.

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