Looking for ways to add nutrients to your meal without much fuss? Serve up a bowl of rainbow cilantro salsa as an appetizer with dinner tonight.
When mixed into fresh salsa, cilantro adds iron and magnesium to the meal. As a benefit, the leafy green seasoning helps reduce inflammation in the body and works as an antioxidant in the digestive tract. Ready to try some? This salsa is simple to prepare in just five minutes.
Rainbow salsa with cilantro
- 3 large, red tomatoes
- 1 orange sweet bell pepper
- 1 pint fresh yellow pear tomatoes
- 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
- 1/2 small purple onion
Wash all produce and pat it dry with a clean dish towel. Chop the red and yellow tomatoes into small cubes of equal size. Mince the orange bell pepper and add it to the bowl of tomato cubes. Roll the half bunch of cilantro into a slender pile and use a chef’s knife to thinly slice the greens. Toss them into the bowl.
Finish by dicing 1/2 of a small purple onion. Gently mix all the ingredients together and serve. This cilantro salsa will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week but likely won’t last that long!
How to eat the salsa: Now comes the fun part. Once your bowl of salsa is ready, it can be added to several meals to add vitamins, a serving of fruit, and flavor. Here are five ways to enjoy cilantro salsa:
1. Top cheese and onion enchiladas with the salsa for a healthy meatless lunch.
2. Use the salsa as a dip with flour or corn tortilla chips for an afternoon snack.
3. Tuck the salsa inside basic meat and bean tacos in lieu of cheese for a low-fat dinner.
4. Sprinkle the salsa over a plate of eggs and toast for breakfast.
5. Substitute the salsa as a salad dressing in lieu of creamy, fatty salad toppings. Do you like your salsa a little more spicy or hearty? Try seasoning the batch with a tablespoon of minced fresh garlic, a minced jalapeno pepper, a splash of habanero pepper juice, or a sprinkle of coarse sea salt.
For a thicker salsa, add cubes of fresh avocado, pieces of green bell pepper, corn kernels, or chunks of mango. Canned, strained beans add protein to the salsa. Try pintos, black beans, and kidney beans for a hearty side dish. Be creative!
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