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Recipe of the Month - August 2010

Simple Summertime Salsa

Salsa is the #1 condiment consumed in the U.S, and for good reason! The low calorie topping can be used to flavor countless dishes –eggs, seafood, and quesadillas are just a few ideas. While there are plenty of jarred versions to choose from, none of them can beat the fresh flavors of homemade salsa. Another perk of homemade salsa: less salt. Most jarred salsas contain between 90 and 270 mg of salt per serving. With the fresh ingredients in this recipe, you won’t even miss the salt. Make a large batch and store for quick snacks and meal ideas. Every bite counts towards your daily vegetable intake!

1 (14.5 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
½ red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and chopped (optional)
¼ cup fresh cilantro, stems removed
1 fresh lime
¼ tsp. black pepper


  1. Combine beans, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and pepper in a non-metal bowl. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the mixture and combine with a spoon.
  2. Serve immediately with baked tortilla chips or tortillas. Or, refrigerate for a few hours to intensify flavors. Can be stored in a sealed, refrigerated container for three to five days.

Tip:  Experiment with different fresh salsas. Try using combinations of corn, tomatillos, or chopped fruits like mango, pineapple, or peaches. The sweet fruit adds a pleasant contrast to the spiciness of the other ingredients.


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