Low in calories and packed with fresh produce, salsa is a super-healthy way to add flavor to dishes like salad, fish, grilled chicken, and the classic tortilla chip. If you typically reach for the jarred stuff, you may be surprised to learn that you can actually get more nutrients and richer flavor from homemade salsa. Since you're making it yourself, you can control ingredients like salt to know exactly what you're getting in every scoop.
Plus, homemade salsa is incredibly easy to whip up, and you can incorporate unexpected add-ins to transform the recipe way beyond the basic tomatoes-and-onions version (when was the last time you had jicama or cranberries in a store-bought salsa, for example?). Here, our favorite healthy homemade salsa recipes, from classic Mango Salsa to protein-packed White Bean Salsa.
Cranberry salsa is a great cold-weather alternative to varieties that call for summer produce. As a bonus, cranberries are packed with good-for-you antioxidants; in fact, they're second only to blueberries in their disease-fighting compounds.
This sweet, slightly spicy fruit salsa tastes like a tropical vacation. It's delicious alongside our spiced tortilla chips (you just need sugar, cinnamon, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, and whole-weight tortillas to make them). Choose a pineapple that's plump for the salsa with a firm body and fresh, green leaves.
Five ingredients are all you need to whip up this delicious salsa recipe, which is packed with beta-carotene and fiber, plus plenty of flavor from the fresh cilantro and red onion. This homemade salsa is delicious served on top of grilled fish or chicken.
Ingredients: Mangoes, red onion, cucumber, cilantro, fresh lime juice, salt and pepper
Fiber-rich black beans and corn kernels in this fresh salsa will keep you fuller for longer. The recipe is low in fat, calories (only 30 calories for 1/2 cup), and sodium. Serve with whole-grain tortilla chips or pita wedges, or on top of grilled chicken or baked potatoes.
Ingredients: Tomato, Vidalia or other sweet onion, tomatillos, black beans, fresh corn kernels, fresh parsley, fresh lime juice, salt, freshly ground black pepper, hot sauce