May is National Salsa Month

Did you know that salsa is one of the world’s most popular condiments?

Salsa is not only delicious on many things, but it is good for you too. Benefits of salsa include:

Vitamin C – promotes heart-health, your immune system, and healthy aging.

Fiber – helps to stabilize blood sugar, aids in satiety, and good for heart-health.

Water – fresh fruits and vegetables contain water, which aids in hydration.

Lycopene – tomatoes contain lycopene, which has been linked to reduced risk of cancer.

Potassium – helps regulate our fluid – mineral balance, vital in regulating our blood pressure.

Quercetin – found in onions and tomatoes, provides anti-inflammatory effects.

Citric Acid – can naturally protect against kidney stones.

Think beyond salsa and chips this month and try new ingredients in your salsa to give it new flavors. It’s great on eggs, salads, baked potatoes, in wraps, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, on chicken, or fish.

Main Types of Salsa

Salsa Roja
Red sauce – typically containing tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeno

Salsa Verde
Green sauce – typically containing tomatillos, jalapeno, onion, garlic, and cilantro

Pico de gallo
Fresh salsa – chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, cilantro and lime – not blended

Unique Salsas to Try

  • Mango salsa (or other fruit – peaches, pineapple)
  • Corn salsa
  • Black bean salsa
  • Avocado salsa

I love Salsa Roja on things like eggs, baked potatoes, and most taco dishes, but when I have seafood tacos I love using a mango salsa!

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