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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 easy dips out on the deck, is primed for salsa’s inclusion in the spread. So here are 9 easy summer salsa recipes you should make right now—and all season long.

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1. Avocado-Corn Salsa

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Corn Salsa recipe

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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; and scoop it up with chips or pile it on a taco. Get our Avocado-Corn Salsa recipe.

2. Jicama-Mango Salsa

jicama mango salsa recipe

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This citrus-forward mix of mangoes, jicama, onion, spicy serrano chiles, cilantro, and lime juice is useful all year. Right now, though, it’s prime season, ans it’s particularly great on grilled seafood. Get our Jicama-Mango Salsa recipe.

3. Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo recipe

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The lively combination of tomatoes, onion, and cilantro enhances everything from grilled chicken to quesadillas (may we suggest grilled steak quesadillas?). And it’s never better than now, during peak tomato season! Get our Pico de Gallo recipe.

4. Peach, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salsa

fresh peach salsa recipe

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This fruit salsa adds a bright accent to anything it tops—especially right now, when both peaches and tomatoes are coming into their sweet, juicy best. Try it on grilled chicken for a fresh, summery update to that season-long staple. Get our Peach, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salsa recipe.

5. Cucumber-Melon Salsa

cucumber melon salsa recipe

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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

Mezcal Salsa Borracha recipe

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Fresh Roma tomatoes give this smoky, mezcal-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

Corn-Husk-Wrapped Grilled Halibut with Charred Corn Salsa

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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

Thin Taqueria Salsa recipe

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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.

9. Pineapple Cucumber Avocado Salsa

Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole

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Okay, so we named this one “guacamole”—but it’s chunky enough to count as salsa (and that way guac purists won’t have cause to clutch their pearls). Plus, the combo of creamy, rich avocado with sweet, juicy pineapple and cool, crunchy cucumber is dynamite, whatever you want to call it. Get our Pineapple Cucumber Avocado Salsa recipe.

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