It’s dinner time and, once again, you’re completely out of ideas. Monday night was chicken and rice. Tuesday night, pasta with meat sauce. But now, you’re stuck. Tonight, transform your kitchen into a global eatery; go exotic with the help of salsa – your dinner-rut’s new best friend. Consider the following recipe ideas:
Caribbean Pineapple Salsa:
Combine 1 medium-sized tomato (peeled and seeded), 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar, 2 small jalapeño chili peppers, 2 scallions, 1 cup of minced parsley, ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 pineapple (a well-known Caribbean fruit based on migration patterns and economic trade). This particular salsa is best served as a dip for spicy chicken wings or even as a simple garnish for grilled meat or fish.
Moroccan Orange, Red Onion and Black Olive Salsa:
Combine ½ teaspoon of coarse salt, 1 ½ cups of parsley, 1 medium red onion, ¼ teaspoon of cayenne powder, ¾ cup of black, oil-cured olives and 4 navel oranges, a native fruit of Morocco, produced there more than most other places in the world. Rather than chicken wings, meat or fish, this Moroccan orange-based salsa is best served with grilled pork chops, tuna, swordfish or salmon.
Although both recipes feature popular fruits and vegetables from far-away places, the ingredients are nonetheless accessible to – and enjoyed by – people all over the world. Salsa can be more than a game day snack, actually allowing us to replicate tastes from other countries (all within the comfort of our own kitchen).