Grab that jar of salsa from the pantry!
Everybody loves salsa! Especially when it is spicy and fruity, or all of the above. From time to time it is fun to take something from your pantry, (like a jar of salsa) and add a few fabulous ingredients making it irresistible. Salsa is the perfect beginning for this little idea! My mind starts to wander whenever I have a lot of farmers market treasures in my kitchen. And the next thing you know, you have a new favorite treat that you are making over and over again. A star is born! Black bean and corn salsa is the base salsa that I love the most. It is delicious on its own, but when you add a few ingredients, it is SO good. Specifically, dinner party good!
Fresh farmers market fruit makes everything taste better!
So what are all of these add ons to make your plain salsa out of this world? Any farmers market fruit is the answer! Start with your plain salsa and add watermelon, peaches, cantaloupe, or blueberries for the first step. The second step is to add a big handful of freshly chopped cilantro. Make sure that you leave the stems, because they add more of the distinctive cilantro flavor.
grated cheese or melted cheese …..
The next step is to grate your favorite cheese into your bowl. The classic choice is parmigiano reggiano, but a gouda is equally amazing. I like how a hard cheese grates and hold up to the rest of the salsa ingredients. It is also fun to add mozzarella pearls to the mix. Many years ago, grating cheese into my salsa was my first idea I had to jazz up our salsa. Sometimes you get tired of all of that melted cheese. (I know, someone please take my temperature!!) This thought usually occurs to me in the summertime.
The final zap of flavor comes from some freshly grated lime zest and juice. The zing of the lime elevates everything to a whole new level. Every time I take these few simple steps to enhance our salsa, everybody wants to know how to make it. Fair warning, the bowl is usually empty within minutes, so you may want to cut some extra fruit for a second batch.Print
Jazzed Up Salsa
Jazzed up salsa makes an ordinary appetizer turn into a scoop to the bottom of the bowl experience!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: none
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 2-3 cups depending on the chosen fresh fruit 1x
1 large jar of salsa (I like corn and black bean)
1 1/2 cups of chopped fresh seasonal fruit (peaches, watermelon, blueberries,)
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
zest and juice from 1 lime
1/2 cup of freshly grated cheese (parmesan, gouda,) or alternatively 1 cup of mozzarella pearls
chips for serving
empty jar of salsa in a medium bowl
Add desired fresh fruit and gently mix
Add heirloom tomatoes
Grate cheese in the bowl
Add lime zest and juice and cilantro
Transfer to serving bowl and serve with your choice of chips