What To Do With All The Salsa?

Three Easy Recipe Ideas for Using Fresh Salsa

All my recent omelet making produced an abundance of fresh salsa in the fridge. A bowl of extra salsa is a culinary opportunity. This has invited thoughts about how to best enjoy this zippy, juicy, small-cut salad.  If you don’t have any salsa, check yesterday’s post for the recipe.

First, I made a quick bowl of soup last night with homemade beef broth from the freezer (you could use chicken or vegetable broth), cubed tofu and about half a cup of salsa. It was extra colorful because I added 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to the broth.

Tostadas came up for dinner. Every time I make them, I wonder why I don’t do this more often. They are so easy to prepare and always welcome. Bright, colorful, nutritious, meatless if you wish, economical, quick to prepare, minimal cooking … the list can go on.

To make them, you will need corn tostadas — those crispy corn tortillas ready to eat, warm refried black beans or pinto beans, grated or thinly sliced cheese of your choice and a ripe avocado. Plus your leftover salsa. Since I was the only one home for dinner, I kept it simple, but you can add more toppings: sliced radish, thinly sliced romaine lettuce, shredded chicken, sliced baked tofu, chopped red onion, chopped cilantro. Whatever appeals to you — there are no set rules. This is a fun and easy meal for company, because everybody can custom build their own tostadas to taste.

To assemble: spread warm refried beans on a tostada, top with sliced avocado, cheese and salsa. Enjoy!

Lastly, with the final bit of fresh salsa, I made guacamole. This is so easy, it hardly needs a recipe, but here is a general guideline. If you have a half cup of salsa left, roughly mash two avocados with a fork. Stir in the salsa. Depending on how juicy your tomatoes were, you may want to drain the salsa first. Salt to taste. That’s it! Serve with pieces of broken tostadas or tortilla chips. If you need a real recipe for guacamole, when there is no leftover salsa, I’ll post a recipe in the next day or two.

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