We’ve become a nation of 365-day-a-year salsa eaters, and that’s just fine with us. But: When the season turns warm, salsas of all kinds really come into their own. Obviously, it’s because the fruity building blocks—tomatoes, mangoes, even melons—are at peak ripeness. Also, the way we eat in summer, with simple grilled meats, and dips out on the deck, is primed for salsa. Here are 8 recipes you should make right now.
1. Avocado-Corn Salsa
Fresh corn adds sweetness and crunch to this chunky summer salsa. Just cut corn kernels off the cob; add tomatoes, scallions, avocados, and lime juice. Get our Avocado-Corn Salsa recipe.
2. Jicama-Mango Salsa
This citrus-forward mixt of mangoes, jicama, onion, spicy serrano chiles, cilantro, and lime juice is useful all year. Right now, though, it’s prime season. Get our Jicama-Mango Salsa recipe.
3. Pico de Gallo
The lively combination of tomatoes, onion, and cilantro enhances everything from grilled chicken to quesadillas. It’s never better than now, during peak tomato season! Get our Pico de Gallo recipe.
4. Peach, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salsa
This fruit salsa adds a bright accent to anything it tops—especially right now, when both peaches and tomatoes are at their sweet, juicy best. Get our Peach, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salsa recipe.
5. Cucumber-Melon Salsa
Fish on the grill is as summery as it gets. Hearty swordfish won’t flake and fall through the grates, and when paired with a light cantaloupe melon and cucumber salsa. Get our Cucumber-Melon Salsa recipe.
6. Mezcal Salsa Borracha
Fresh Roma tomatoes give this smoky, mescal-boosted salsa its sweetness and body. Both are enhanced this time of year, when you make it with ripe tomatoes. Get our Mezcal Salsa Borracha recipe.
7. Charred Corn Salsa
This simple corn, onion, and jalapeño chile salsa is part of our recipe for grilled halibut wrapped in corn husks, but it’s just as summery-sweet and good on its own! Get our Charred Corn Salsa recipe.
8. Papalote-Inspired Salsa
This pumpkin-seed-thickened table salsa inspired by one of our favorite taquerias in San Francisco is just fine with winter Roma tomatoes. Come summer, though, it becomes extraordinary. Get our Papalote-Inspired Salsa recipe.