Fresh Southwest Salsa

by | May 12, 2016 | All, Appetizers, Sponsored

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.

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.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.

Tip: This salsa is best eaten soon after it is made, so grab your chips and get busy!

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.

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.

Yield: 2 cups

Fresh Southwest Salsa

Fresh Southwest Salsa
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.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Place first three ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Add tomatoes through dressing to the same bowl and gently stir to combine.
  3. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 302mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hidden Valley. The opinions and text are all mine.

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