If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration or any springtime party, remember to include a tasty salsa recipe in your party-planning ideas. Salsa is virtually fat-free, low in calories and a smart choice for carb-conscience dieters.

If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration or any springtime party, remember to include a tasty salsa recipe in your party-planning ideas. Salsa is virtually fat-free, low in calories and a smart choice for carb-conscience dieters.

Salsa’s unique flavor is always a crowd pleaser. The ever-growing popularity of salsa has widened its usage beyond a side dish or appetizer with tortilla chips –  to a condiment served with fish, a spoonful over eggs, a sauce over chicken or beef, a base for cooked sauces, over pizza or pasta - or shock your palate and pour it over baked potatoes.

Whether it’s the tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, mangos, black beans, watermelon or strawberries, the key salsa ingredients are bursting with nutritional health benefits. Most salsa is low in cholesterol, fat and calories and provides a great way to add depth and flavor to any dish or just that extra zip to a sauce. Many people even use salsa as an alternative seasoning to salt and pepper.

Salsa’s popularity has grown so much in North America that it has replaced ketchup as the best-selling condiment. There are several varieties of canned or pre-made salsas available at the supermarket, but taking a few minutes to prepare your own unique variety is so easy and will make your friends think it came fresh from your garden. Fresh produce makes great salsa, but you can just as easily use canned fruits and vegetables. A fruity salsa is a great compliment to pork, chicken or fish.



Fresh fruit salsa with cinnamon chips

Serves 8



All you need:

2 kiwis, peeled and diced

1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled and diced

1 package (8 oz.) fresh raspberries

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered

3 tbsp strawberry preserves

10 (6- inch) flour tortillas

1/2 c. cinnamon sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 1 tbsp. cinnamon)



All you do:

1. In a large bowl, combine kiwi, apple, raspberries, strawberries and strawberry preserves. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter spray. Cut into wedges with pizza cutter or scissors and arrange in single layer on baking sheets.

4. Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.

5. Bake 8 to 12 minutes until crispy. Allow to cool, 15 minutes.

6. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.



Daily nutritional values:

2 percent vitamin A

70 percent vitamin C

8 percent calcium

10 percent iron



Nutrition information per serving:

Calories: 240

Carbohydrate: 52 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Dietary Fiber: 6 g

Fat: 3 g

Protein: 4 g

Sodium: 190 mg

Sugar: 23 g