Roasted Tomatillo Salsa


  • 7-8 tomatillos
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Lemon or lime juice to taste


  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. Remove tomatillos from husks and rinse under running water until no longer sticky.
  4. Place tomatillos on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, then let cool.
  5. While the tomatillos are cooling, cut and de-seed the jalapeño.
  6. Add all ingredients to a blender and purée until chunky or dice all ingredients into tiny pieces and combine in a bowl.
  7. Chill for 1 hour to let flavors blend.

Makes 1 cup

Recipe adapted from Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Pear Party Salsa


  • 1 pear, cored and finely chopped 
  • 1 apple, cored and finely chopped 
  • 2 kiwifruit, cored and finely chopped 
  • 1 orange, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons honey 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • Graham crackers, rice cakes, pancakes, etc. 


  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds. 
  2. Combine pear, apple, kiwi, and orange in a medium-size bowl.
  3. Pour honey and lemon juice over fruit and gently toss.
  4.  Scoop up bites of fruit salsa using graham crackers, or use it to top rice cakes, pancakes, etc. 

Makes 4 servings

Tips–  If you cannot find fresh fruit, canned also works well in this recipe. 

Watermelon Salsa


  •  2 cup seeded and coarsely chopped watermelon
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped onion
  • 3 Tablespoons seeded, chopped chili pepper of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoons garlic salt


  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  2. In a serving bowl, mix together the watermelon, onion, and chili pepper.
  3. Season with balsamic vinegar and garlic salt.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to blend flavors.

Makes 16 servings

Ham & Black Bean Soup with Peach Salsa


For the soup

  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups diced cooked ham
  • 1 10-ounce can tomatoes and green chilies or diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups low-sodium broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or red chili flakes (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lime (or 2 Tablespoons lime juice or lemon juice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnishes: low-fat sour cream, low-fat shredded cheese, peach salsa (see next column)


  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  2. Rinse and drain beans.
  3. Place beans in a bowl and partially mash with a potato masher or fork, or pulse in a blender or food processor. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Add onion, garlic, and ham and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add beans, tomatoes and green chilies, broth, and spices. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may need to add water if soup is too thick.
  6. Stir in lime/lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  7. Serve warm with garnishes.

Makes 6 1-cup servings


For peach salsa

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped or 1 cup canned
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 1 cup canned peaches, drained and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and lemon/lime juice to taste


  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Toss well to blend. Chill before serving.
  3. Enjoy with fresh vegetables, whole grain chips, whole wheat crackers or on top of soup.

Makes 2 cups

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