Salsas, Chutneys, and Relishes
Here’s a heavenly salsa to make when tomatoes and mangos are at their best — the convergence happens mainly in July and August. Serve with tortilla chips or as a condiment with Mexican or Indian-style meals. Adapted from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. more→
Salsa verde, or tomatillo salsa, makes an exotic sauce for enchiladas or an offbeat dip for nachos. Tomatillos are members of the berry family that resemble small green tomatoes,with a papery husk. Their flavor is distinctive, though not hot. Look for fresh tomatillos in the late summer and early fall farm markets. As with any salsa, serve with plenty of good-quality tortilla chips. This also makes an offbeat embellishment for vegan quesadillas or soft tacos. more→
For hearty appetites, here’s a salsa made more substantial with beans and fresh corn. Serve with stone ground tortilla chips. more→
In this new spin on a classic, peaches replace tomatoes, and the result is a healthy, colorful, and refreshing salsa. This peachy take on traditional pico de gallo will satisfy your cravings for sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Select fresh peaches that are still firm, so their flesh will keep its shape when cubed. In the South, peaches are in season throughout the summer. I prefer free-stone varieties, which have loose pits that release easily from the flesh, making them much simpler to slice. more→
Tangy and delicious homemade sauerkraut is a living cultured food that is high in lactic acid, it strengthens your immune system and has other remarkable healing properties. Refrigerated kraut holds well for months and gets sassier as it ages. This and the accompanying article: Fermented Foods Strengthen the Immune System* were contributed by Rebecca Wood.
This flavorful relish is a great companion to grilled vegetables, any sort vegan protein foods, or served as a topping or companion to grains or bean dishes. more→
Raitas are yogurt-based relishes that provide a refreshing contrast to spicy dishes, and often feature mint, which in this recipe is combined with cucumber. Coconut yogurt works beautifully to create a vegan version. Make sure to use crisp, flavorful cucumbers. more→