Vegan Foods

Spotlight on the week: the scoop on salsa and so many ways to create this delicious dip!


Salsa is a perfect summer dip! It can be sweeter or spicier, making it a great choice for all your summer dishes. This week we focus on how to use salsa and how to prepare it. Salsa itself is a fairly broad term covering many different sauces, but we’re focusing on salsas that typically use tomatoes or tomatillos, or fruit, such as mango. There are several ways to make salsa; you can cook it or not. Usually, traditional salsa is made with tomatoes (if making red salsa) or tomatillos (if making green salsa). The other ingredients for both are quite similar, both using cilantro, onion, garlic, jalapenos or chili peppers, salt, and lime juice. Some salsas add roasted corn or even roast the tomatoes for a deeper flavor.

But, there are so many different ways to create different salsas. Some salsas use fruit as a base to create a distinct flavor between the sweet fruit and the stronger taste of onion and lime juice. These types of salsas always benefit from marinating so the flavors have time to combine and set. For these, dicing fruit and other ingredients and letting them marinate for a few hours ends up being a wonderful flavor addition on top of salty foods.

Sure, salsa is usually used as a dipping sauce, but it can shine as a sauce. You can get creative with how you use it, even adding it to soups and salads! You can even create a chips and salsa inspired dessert like this Dessert Chips and Strawberry Salsa from Gabrielle St. Claire!

We also recommend that you download the Food monster app – with over 15,000 delicious recipes, it’s the largest resource of meatless, vegan, plant-based, and hypoallergenic recipes to help you get healthy! And don’t forget to check out our archive of weekly meal plans!

This week, we’re featuring delicious all-vegan and plant-based ways to enjoy salsa!

Use salsas with or as a starter

Pan-fried sweet potato flautas and avocado salsa verde

Source: Pan-fried sweet potato flautas and avocado salsa verde

These are recipes that implement salsa. This way, you not only have a delicious new salsa recipe to try, but you also get a side dish to go with it. These salsa recipes aren’t just your go-to salsa recipe, but are creative ways to use salsa to inspire a crisp, refreshing taste to your savory dishes.

Creative salsas to try

Oven roasted vegan salsa

Source: Oven Roasted Salsa

If you’re looking for a no-starter salsa recipe, here are the recipes for you! Some of these salsas lean more on the traditional side using tomatoes or tomatillos, but some are something new. These use carrots, corn and mangoes as a base to create a new salsa to try! Salsa has the power to add a fresh bite to your savory dish or bring together savory flavors. So depending on what you are looking for, these recipes will have you covered.

Learn how to cook plant-based meals at home

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help chronic inflammation, heart health, mental well-being, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergic, gut health, and After! Unfortunately, the consumption of dairy products has also been linked to many health problems, including acne, Hormonal imbalance, cancerand Prostate cancer, and has a lot Side effects.

For those who want to eat more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food monster app which features thousands of delicious recipes, making it the largest resource of vegan recipes to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals, and get healthy! And, while you’re at it, we encourage you to also educate yourself on the environmental and health benefits of one plant-based diet.

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