Welcome to the Salsa Page!
We have included a few of our own basic salsa recipes below
Salsa is a sauce that is popularly used as a condiment. In Spanish “salsa” translates to the English word “sauce.”
Traditionally, salsa ingredients are crushed together using a stone mortar and pestle. You can use a blender or chop with a knife instead.
Tomatoes and chili peppers are the typical primary ingredients of a salsa, though the tomato can be substituted with ingredients like mango or pineapple. There is no limit to what you can add to your salsa. Common additions are white onion, spices, avocado, corn, Jicama, pomegranate, citrus juice, and so on. Herbs like cilantro are often added, but you can use any herbs — parsley, mint, basil. etc.
Some salsas may be cooked prior to chopping or cooked all together. Some are served raw, or a mixture of cooked (ex: roasted peppers) and raw.
Tomatoes and chilies were first domesticated in Latin America thousands of years ago. Salsa (combination of chilies, tomatoes and other spices) can be traced back to the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas.
Note on nightshades and inflammation:
Some people may experience inflammation when eating nightshades (peppers and tomatoes, among other plants) This is due to the lectins that are commonly located in the skin and seeds. Lectins are naturally occurring proteins that are found in most plants. Some foods that contain higher amounts of lectins include beans, peanuts, lentils, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, fruits, and wheat and other grains.
If you are worried about lectins from nightshades, you can roast and deseed the peppers and tomatoes, as it was done traditionally. Plus, you get a ton more flavor!