Don’t miss this recipe for Fresh Southwest Salsa, a simple and crowd-pleasing appetizer that combines the season’s best produce with the tangy and fresh flavors of the Southwest.
Summer parties are some of my favorite. The vibe is just more laid-back. Guests can relax outside while the kids run around. Cleanup is way easier (no need to sweep up those excess crumbs when you dine al fresco), plus the menu – plucked from whatever is fresh at the farmer’s market – is usually unfussy. But unfussy doesn’t have to mean boring. Swap your standard chip and dip appetizer for a bowl of this Fresh Southwest Salsa, a bright, citrusy twist on your average chopped salsa recipe and a perfect use for that bounty of summer produce.
The secret ingredient to making this Fresh Southwest Salsa shine? Hidden Valley® Cilantro Lime Ranch® Dressing, one of a handful of new flavors from my favorite maker of ranch dressing. Surprised? Don’t be. The fresh and tangy combination of cilantro and lime is a quick and easy way to add a punch of bold flavor to the salsa. You may think that it’s an unlikely pairing with a salsa recipe, but trust me; the addition of Hidden Valley® Cilantro Lime Ranch® Dressing blends all of the ingredients together into one delicious southwest-inspired bite.
Add something new to the menu of your next summer soiree with this Fresh Southwest Salsa, a simple and crowd-pleasing appetizer that combines the season’s best produce with the tangy and fresh flavors of the Southwest.
My guess is you’ll be eating it all summer long.
Fresh Southwest Salsa
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped avocado
- 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 tablespoons diced red onion
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper
- 2 tablespoons Hidden Valley® Cilantro Lime Ranch® Dressing
- Tortilla chips
- Place first three ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add tomatoes through dressing to the same bowl and gently stir to combine. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.
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