No-Cook Salsa Recipes

Karen Frazier
Salsa

Making fresh salsa is quick, easy, and flavorful. It's a great way to boost the flavor and color of all sorts of dishes, from Tex-Mex favorites to fish. These recipes for no-cook salsa bring freshness and flavor to meals and snacks.

Basic Salsa

This recipe makes about two cups of salsa, which should serve six to eight people. It's especially good when you make it with fresh, in-season tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • Salsa dip
    2 heirloom tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend before serving.

Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa

This is a tasty salsa for chips, or it's delicious with grilled seafood, such as halibut or shrimp. It makes about two cups, which is six to eight servings.

Ingredients

  • Mango salsa
    1 mango, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 3 large strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

This recipe makes about three cups, which is about eight to ten servings. It's perfect for dipping chips, or it's delicious on a taco.

Ingredients

  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa
    1 cup canned corn, drained (or 1 cup fresh corn)
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Variations

It's easy to vary any of the salsas above by adding ingredients, which will adjust the heat level.

  • You can add milder or hotter peppers to any of the above salsas. For hotter salsa, try a pepper like a habanero. To make the salsa hotter, leave a few of the seeds in, or remove them completely to downgrade the heat slightly. Milder chilis you can use for the salsa include Anaheim or banana peppers.
  • Chop half an avocado and add it to any of the salsas above to make them slightly creamier with a more herbal flavor.
  • Add a dash of cayenne or chipotle chili powder to add a bit of heat and flavor.
  • Replace the lime juice with another citrus juice, such as lemon or orange, to vary the flavor.

A Tasty Addition to any Meal or Snack

Salsa is a tasty - and healthy - addition to many meals and snacks. Salsas you don't have to cook come together quickly, making them a great way to jazz up a piece of fish or poultry on busy weeknights when you don't have as much time to cook.

No-Cook Salsa Recipes