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Salsa actually means 'sauce' in Spanish. Most salsas in North America are tomato-based, but many other acidic bases are used as well. Salsa contains raw, fresh ingredients with strong flavors. The spiciness is usually dependent on the type of peppers used in the salsa.

Homemade salsa can be made with only a few simple ingredients, or it can be a complex blend of flavors. A huge variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices complement each other in delicious salsas used as dips, sauces, or salad dressings. Blenders and food processors are ideal to prepare finely-chopped or smooth salsa.

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1. Tropical Berry Dessert Salsa

  • 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup yellow raspberries
  • 1/4 cup purple or black raspberries
  • 1 cup red raspberries
  • 1 diced medium-sized mango
  • 1/3 cup basil
  • 1/3 cup crushed mint leaves
  • 1-pint heavy whipping cream
  • Mix all of the fruit and the basil together in a large bowl. Pour the berries into a blender and blend for approximately 50 seconds. Refrigerate the fruit mixture for 2 hours. Pull the fruit mixture out of the fridge, and pour the cream over the blended fruit. Gently stir ingredients together. This fruity salsa tops waffles, pies, angel food cake, pastries, and other desserts. Garnish salsa with crushed mint leaves before serving.

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