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.
White Gardenia Project Dip Bowl Trio, $25 from Etsy
This meme-worthy dip bowl set is the perfect excuse to make multiple salsas.
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.
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, and it’s particularly great on grilled seafood. Get our Jicama-Mango Salsa recipe.
8-Inch Chef Knife, $89 from Made In
A good, sharp knife is essential for salsa that doesn't turn to mush.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
OK, 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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