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Spice Up Cinco de Mayo with Veggie-Fresh Salsa

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Cinco De Mayo Graphic_FinalIt’s Cinco de Mayo, and you may be planning to enjoy a mouthwatering Mexican food feast! If so, it is a safe bet that salsa will be on the menu. It seems we can’t get enough of it! In fact, salsa has overtaken ketchup as America’s favorite condiment.

With tomatoes as a key ingredient in many salsa recipes, you can count on a powerful punch of the good stuff – fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C – while also being fat free and low in calories. So dice away and enjoy the day.

While tomatoes are a great base for any salsa recipe, there are many other fruits and vegetables that can add even more great taste, nutrition – and color – to your salsa. The combinations – both sweet and savory – are endless. For example, sweet corn can be a delicious, easy and eye-catching addition to your salsa.  Actually, we have a sweet corn product that enables farmers to grow picture-perfect ears of corn in a more sustainable way. This genetically modified seed for the fresh market allows farmers to use fewer insecticides while still protecting the plant from certain damaging insects. This tasty, more sustainable product encouraged many of our employees to develop a few recipes using sweet corn.

Fruit can also be a great addition to salsa. Consider sweetening the deal by trying a melon-based salsa brimming with cantaloupe or honeydew, which are high in vitamin C. Melons add fresh, delicious flavor, but also an unexpected twist on traditional salsa favorites. Here are a few recipes.

Looking for some additional inspiration to help create your own veggie-fresh salsa? Try these recipes and let us know what you think!

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