6.14.2011

I {heart} Salsa: Healthy Confetti Salsa

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite salsas - it is a little different than the traditional chips and salsa (I like those with margaritas!) most of us have come to expect,
but a nice surprise nonetheless.

This salsa is healthy and versatile recipe!
I serve it on everything from baked potatoes to tortilla strips.
It is crisp, light and refreshing...a wonderful change of pace!

Confetti Salsa!
 This salsa can be served with:
chunks of French bread,
a sliced baguette,
Pita Chips,
Corn Chips {store bought or homemade},
Carrot or celery sticks
{it doesn't stick to the carrot but gives a nice flavor}.
Red Pepper, Cucumber, Tomato, and Basil Salsa
Confetti Salsa
Ingredients
1/2 red pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
1/2 orange pepper
1 medium cucumber or half of a large cucumber
3 large tomatoes 
2 cloves garlic, minced -Of course you can add more garlic!
Handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

"Dressing"
Option 1: Use Italian Dressing (Fat Free or regular) to dress the salsa. It takes about 1/4 to 1/2 cup...Start with less and add to your liking.
OR
Option 2: Juice of one lemon, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, splash (or 2 T rice vinegar). Toss, pour, squeeze directly into the bowl of veggies and toss.
Any combo of your favorite vinegars can be used.

Optional
Red or yellow onion, finely chopped

Directions
I use the food processor - and chop each type of ingredient separately - for this recipe because I like everything chopped real small, and my knife skills are not winning me any competitions on Top Chef. Bigger chunkier salsa is also great.
-Seed peppers and cut into medium size pieces. 
-Place in Food processor and chop...place peppers in bowl.
-Slice cucumber in thick slices and chop in food processor, place in bowl with peppers.
-Chop tomatoes - your choice to do it by hand or in the food processor. Place in bowl with cucumbers and peppers. {or drain one can of diced tomatoes and add tomatoes to bowl}.
-Chop Basil into small pieces and add to bowl.
-Peel and mince garlic, add to bowl.

Add desired salt, pepper, and dressing to bowl and toss.

This is best if prepared in advance and the flavors are allowed come together.

NOTES:
-You can add or delete peppers depending on taste and what is available. For example, use 1 red pepper and 1/2 yellow pepper. You can also use the whole pepper to make more salsa.
-I have also used canned diced tomatoes (drained)
-I have used zucchini in place of the cucumber

Makes 2-3 cups depending on the amount and size of veggies used. 

Happy and Healthy Eating! 

What do you like to put salsa on??? 
Need more salsa in your life...salsa on over to check out this super EASY salsa recipe

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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

11 comments :

  1. This would be so good on a Southwestern omelet. Yum! I love salsa on just about anything. I have really been enjoying having tomatoes fresh out of my garden to make homemade salsa this last month or so! Yum! Thanks for this recipe Holly!

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  2. Oh yum, I love salsa too. I could eat my weight in that & guacamole. I love that you chop in all in the food processor, so easy!

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  3. This looks really good Holly!!
    I'm glad the book is done and I can't wait to hear about the Delta event!! Sounds so fun. :)

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  4. It sounds delicious! I love cucumbers. Never thought to put them in salsa? I'll have to try it.

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  5. The salsa sounds yummy. This would be good on grilled chicken, too.

    Can't wait to hear about your book and the Delta event.

    Ruth

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  6. Yum! This sounds delicious! I'm not a big traditional salsa fan. My current fave is mango salsa. I may have to give this a try!

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  7. This sounds just wonderful. My guys love salsa.

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  8. Yum! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  9. I can't wait to hear about the blogger event, and congrats on getting the book finished! woohooo!
    gail

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  10. OMGosh! This looks so good! I'd have to omit the cucumbers because we don't get along, but I am going to add these ingredients to my shopping list right now!

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