Traditional, Creamy and Mango Salsa

This gray and dreary day in Minneapolis has me craving all things bright and cheery. Food can be so pretty. Don’t you love when your food has all different colors and textures in it? Food is art. And salsa is so pretty!

I’ve come up with 3 different salsas: traditional, creamy and mango. Traditional salsa is pretty standard but SO good with fresh ingredients! Add more jalapeno if you likey da spicy. The creamy salsa is my favorite! It uses greek yogurt to make it smooth and creamy. All the other flavors take over the yogurt flavor so it’s awesome. Added bonus: extra protein! Mango salsa is a sweeter salsa. Substitute mango for strawberries if you wish!

I love making these for get-togethers. The colors mixed together are so pretty and salsa is ALWAYS a hit. These are pretty mild but you can add more jalapeno if necessary. Pair with tortilla chips, add to tacos or my personal favorite, pair with a margarita or two! :)


Traditional, Creamy and Mango Salsas
 
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
Ingredients
  • Traditional Salsa
  • 2 cups finely chopped tomatoes (about 5 small tomatoes)
  • ¾ cup red onion
  • 1 tsp chopped jalapeno
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp cumin

  • Creamy Salsa
  • 2 cups chopped tomato (5 small tomatoes)
  • ¾ cup greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup red onion
  • 1 tsp chopped jalapeno
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp cumin

  • Mango Salsa
  • 1 mango, coarsely chopped into chunks
  • ½ tsp jalapeno
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • ½ cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Chop ingredients and mix together! It's best when it's been sitting in the fridge for an hour or so before serving so the ingredients have time to blend together. Serve with chips!

 

Bruschetta Bar

This one was SO much fun to put together! I love this idea of a bruschetta bar because it lets you get creative. When I think of bruschetta, I think of tomatoes on top of bread, but it is so much more than that! Think Italian. Think cheeses and meats. Think spreads and toppings. It can be whatever you want it to be. I used a large cutting board to lay out all of the spreads, meats and toppings. This is an awesome appetizer for entertaining a group of people. The girls and I thoroughly enjoyed it along with a few glasses of wine!

Isn’t it beautiful?! Below is my recipe for each homemade item of the bar. But I definitely encourage you to get creative and dream up something yourself!

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Bruschetta Bar
 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • TOMATO BRUSCHETTA
  • 2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes (as small as you can get them)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • A good drizzle of both olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl

 
Bruschetta Bar
 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • WHIPPED FETA & CREAM CHEESE
  • ½ package of cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz container of feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine cheeses in a food processor and blend for a couple minutes, long enough for the cheeses to become almost more fluffy/whipped.

 
Bruschetta Bar
 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • SAUTEED MUSHROOMS
  • 1-2 cups baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Sautee mushrooms in a pan with olive oil. Season with salt and garlic powder. They will shrink down quite a bit so start with more than you think! You can always use fresh garlic in place of garlic powder.

 

Click here for my recipe for fresh homemade pesto.

Crostini’s and Other Toppings

Choose whatever crostini’s or breads sound good to you. I used Raisin Rosemary Crisps from Trader Joe’s and Garlic crostini’s by Archer Farms. Fresh bread would also be delicious!

Arugula

Sunflower seeds

Other cheeses (parmesan, asiago, brie, goat)

Artichoke Antipasto Spread (From Trader Joe’s. I would recommend this!)

Olives

Meats

Prosciutto and Salami

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