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Salsas, Chutneys, and Relishes

Minty Apple-Apricot Chutney

Apricot chutney recipe

A spoonful of this sweet-tart minty apricot chutney, made with fresh apple and dried apricots, adds a graceful note both to spicy curries as well as mild grain and bean dishes. Fresh mint gives it a nice flavor, so add as much as you’d like to the recipe. Continue Reading…

Fresh and Chunky Homemade Salsa

Fresh and Chunky Homemade Salsa

I love this Fresh and Chunky Homemade Salsa! You can multiply the recipe and preserve it in a Mason jar to enjoy it longer.


Fresh and Chunky Homemade Salsa
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, to taste
  • 2 jalapeños, to taste
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 4 cups ripe tomatoes, sliced, seeded, and chopped
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Combine peppers, onion, garlic, jalapeño peppers, and cumin in a bowl.
  2. Add the tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Let it sit for about 25 to 35 minutes.


Cherry Tomato and Peach Salsa

Cherry tomato & Peach salsa

I love salsa of all kinds, and there are quite a lot of good ones on the market. But when midsummer rolls around, there’s nothing like a fresh homemade salsa using summer tomatoes. Homemade salsa tends to get watery from the tomatoes’ juices, but I discovered that using cherry (or grape) tomatoes helps mitigate that. And there’s no pre-chopping — just toss them into the food processor whole. Adding a ripe peach gives the salsa a perfect sweet twist. Continue Reading…

Fresh Tomato Salsa (Salsa Ranchera)

Tomato and Mango Salsa

Salsa, the most basic relish of Southwestern cuisine and a well-loved dip, is sometimes known as salsa fresca or salsa ranchera. Store-bought salsas are generally quite good, not to mention convenient, but there’s nothing like making fresh tomato salsa in midsummer. Homemade salsa tends to get liquidy as it stands, especially if you make it with juicy, ripe tomatoes, so drain it off occasionally. Serve with stone-ground tortilla chips or use for topping quesadillas or other southwestern specialties.
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Easy Raw Cranberry-Apple Relish

Fresh raw cranberry apple relish

Antioxidant and nutrient-dense cranberries have so much going for them. Why not enjoy these tart treats raw? This delicious relish can be made in minutes and can be enjoyed on special occasions (like Thanksgiving and Christmas, when cranberry sauce is a staple) or for everyday meals. This recipe doubles easily for serving a crowd. Served in small portions, this provides a great burst of color and flavor to the plate and goes just as well with spicy dishes as it does with comfort foods.

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Salsa Verde (Tomatillo Salsa)

Salsa Verde (tomatillo salsa)

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. Continue Reading…

Peach Salsa

peach salsa

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. Continue Reading…

Cucumber Relish with Coconut Yogurt and Herbs

Cucumber and fresh herb relish in coconut yogurt

Yogurt-based relishes such as Indian raitas provide a refreshing contrast to spicy dishes. This cucumber raita-inspired recipe takes the idea a bit further afield with coconut yogurt and more herbs than are usually called for. Coconut yogurt works beautifully to create a vegan version. Make sure to use crisp, flavorful cucumbers.  Continue Reading…

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