Hearty Salsa Recipe

I love this salsa- it’s my dad’s recipe and it’s just so substantial and healthy. My family will eat this for dinner during the summers. It’s filling, and oh so yummy!

We’re going to start with the dressing- Here is what you will need: Sugar, Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salt, Cilantro, Cumin and Chili Powder

In a container (preferably one you can tightly seal), pour 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

and 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar

3/4 a cup of oil

1/8 cup each of lime and lemon juice

Now our trio of spices- you can add each to taste, once you get familiar with what you like/don’t like in this, but a mild and flavorful place to start is qith 1 teaspoon each of Chili Powder, Cumin and Cilantro

and finally, a teaspoon of sugar. Again- this can be to taste. My dad uses hardly any sugar but I like a little to get that great sweet/salty combination.

Now just set this aside (lid on if your dumb like me) and pull out a good knife and cutting board to pull our ingredients together.

I use a can of rinsed black beans

a can of rinsed kidney beans

two cans of niblet corn

a can of pitted black olives, sliced up

a medium red onion, diced

and a chopped red pepper, yellow pepper and yellow pepper. Green would be nice to/instead but I didn’t have one- as you can see, it’s pretty flexible.

and then a couple (3 or 4 or 5….or 6) chopped tomatoes.

and two diced cloves of garlic

The shake your ingredients, your dressing and pour the dressing onto the vegetables.

and shake again- really well- you want to get everything mixed up and coated with the dressing.

We eat this with chips or sometimes my mom makes tortillas- either way, it really is a very filling, cheap dish that has a great flavor. I like that it’s not a traditional tomato based salsa and packs a lot of nutritional value. Plus you can tailor the ingredients to fit the tastes of your family (my dad, for example, also adds black eyed peas but I don’t like them so I omit them). I am not a huge fan of beans so this is a great way for me to eat them (in and around the corn!).
Plus-it’s the perfect easy dinner for a hot and humid summer day!

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