6 Different Ways to Use Salsa

For New Mexicans, salsa is a staple. We’re all used to seeing salsa on tacos or served with chips, but its blend of flavors and textures lend itself to many other recipes. Here are a few different ways to use salsa to spice up your meals!

  • Salad Dressing- Many of us are trying to make healthier choices during this time of year. What better way to eat healthy than by having more salad! Salsa makes an amazing salad dressing alternative. It adds flavor and heat without increasing the calorie count as much as most regular dressings. Try it out on your next salad!
  • Marinade- Salsa can make a phenomenal marinade for many different meats! Not only does it add a lovely flavor, but it cooks with the meat beautifully and leaves you with a tangy, spicy sauce. If you’re looking for a healthier option than high fat or sugar marinades, try using salsa instead!
  • Marinara Sauce Substitute- Use salsa as a southwestern marinara sauce on pizza and pastas! If you want to add a spicy twist to some standard Italian dishes, salsa is a great option. The combinations and possibilities are endless! Some salsas may need to be drained a little before you use it as a marinara substitute.
  • Soup Base- You can use salsa as a delicious soup or stew base. Try using pureed salsa as the base of your next batch of tomato soup for a spicy Southwestern twist. Plus, using salsa can cut some of your prep time down!
  • Guacamole- Combine mashed avocados, your favorite salsa, and some lime juice to create your very own guacamole. Add your preferred spices to customize the flavors to suit your palate however you please! Just make sure to drain some of the liquid out of the salsa before adding it to the avocados.
  • Cocktail Sauce Substitute- Cocktail sauce is a traditional condiment with many kinds of seafood. Use salsa in place of cocktail sauce if you’re not particularly fond of horseradish flavor. Salsa will still add heat and flavor without the horseradish!

This list is by no means complete! How do you use salsa in untraditional ways? Let us know in the comments.

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