When most people in the U.S. think of salsa, they think of classic mild salsa dips served up with big bowls of tortilla chips. But there are many different types of salsa, and their uses go far beyond snacking. What is salsa good for besides dipping, and why should you learn? Read on to find out why you should incorporate more salsa into your diet in multiple ways.
- It’s Delicious
Let’s get the obvious point (and primary concern) out of the way: Salsa tastes good. Because there are quite a few varieties, you can control the spice level and flavor profile, as well as get a kick from your favorite ingredients. And since some salsas are cooked while others are fresh, you can find a texture that suits you, as well.
- It’s Nutritious
Take a look at a salsa nutrition label, and you’ll probably be surprised by what you find. Despite packing a punch flavor-wise, salsa has as few as 10 calories per 2-tablespoon serving, and rarely more than 15 or 20. Because it’s made of veggies (and sometimes fruits), it also contains servings of important vitamins such as Vitamin C.
- It’s Adaptable
Because there are so many different types of salsa, it’s practically impossible to get tired of its flavor. But in addition to that diversity, salsa can also be used in quite a few different ways. It can be used as a replacement for condiments on sandwiches or in wraps, serve as a low-calorie dressing on salads, top off meats and fish, and even spice up cooked dishes such as casseroles and soups. Making recipes using salsa can give you all the flavor of similar ingredients with fewer calories.
- It’s Storable
For people who are always on the go, eating healthy can be tricky because most healthy foods go bad quickly. But salsa lasts surprisingly well. Freezing isn’t always a good idea (since the texture of tomatoes tends to change when frozen and thawed), but even an open jar will last several weeks in the fridge. That means it’s easy to keep on hand to add a fresher dimension to quick-cooked food.
What do you like to use different types of salsa for? Share your ideas in the comments.