I don’t know about you, but I don’t need to save taco night for Tuesday or a Mexican fiesta for Cinco de Mayo. I can turn anything into a taco and transform any salsa into a meal. It’s really quite easy when you think about it – a bowl filled with rainbow salsa can totally be a chips and dip savior at a party, or you can plop it on soups, salads, or sandwiches. You name it, and this myriad of colors and textures will come together to deliver.
And, since we all know we eat with our eyes first, it helps that you get all the colors of the rainbow from this dish. Someone once told me that a healthy diet is filled with all different colors (that whole eat the color wheel thing), so I think we nailed it with this combination!
I mean, just look at all these colors that we’re throwing together:
- Red: tomatoes, diced all small and just bursting with flavor at each bite
- Orange: habanero pepper, just waiting to give you some spicy flair
- Yellow: yellow bell peppers with their crunchy texture and fresh flavor
- Green: cilantro, super herbaceous and fresh tasting
- Blue: well…ok, this is a stretch, but the black beans are close enough to blue!
- Purple: red onion, crunchy, pungent, and slightly spicy
Tie it all together with acidic lime juice and a pinch of salt, and you have everything you could ever ask for in a salsa. It doesn’t hurt that it all comes together in less than 10 minutes!
What Should We Do With All This Salsa?
I’m all for eating rainbow salsa as chips and dip. It’s a perfect way to fill you up and keep you full, with all that fiber in the black beans and the satisfying crunch from the bell peppers. But, I like to think outside the box, so my mind is racing with all the amazing things we can do with this incredible rainbow salsa.
1. Scoop It Up with Root Vegetable Chips
I’m not talking about tortilla chips here. Have some fun with winter root vegetables and make oven baked chips. Transform your beets, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, or rutabaga into chips by thinly slice them on a mandoline. Then, roast them in a 400-degree F oven until they’re nice and crispy. It’ll be incredibly healthy and you’ll have some fun doing it.
2. Serve It for Breakfast
If you’ve never had black bean salsa on top of your scrambled eggs, then you’re missing out! It adds a delicious textural contrast to the softly scrambled eggs, and it adds an amazing boost of flavor. So beef up your normal breakfast routine with some rainbow salsa. I’m thinking avocado toast with scrambled eggs and a dollop of this salsa is on my menu for tomorrow!
3. Use it As A Burger Topper
Why not put a splash of this salsa on top of your favorite burger? You don’t even have to choose what type of burger – go for a grass-fed beef patty, a turkey burger, a salmon patty, or a portobello mushroom. A little bit of this salsa on top will completely transform the flavor of your burger. Melt a little pepper jack cheese on top to really take it to the next level.
4. Turn It Into Soup
Now, you have two options here when it comes to soup. The first option is to puree the salsa with some vegetable stock. This can become a cold gazpacho for the summertime or a warmed black bean soup in the winter. You won’t need to add many ingredients since this is packed with tons of veggies! You can also use it as a soup topper for your favorite carrot squash soup. It would even be tasty on slow cooker mushroom soup, so garnish away!
5. Make Your Favorite Tuna, Potato, or Chicken Salad
I can’t think of any prepared salad that wouldn’t benefit from a little crunch that this rainbow salsa brings to the table. All you need to do is cook some potatoes, shred some chicken, or pop open your favorite can of tuna. Add some Greek yogurt and this salsa and it’s an instant salad! Then, stuff it inside of an avocado to really reward yourself with a lunch treat.
6. Go Mediterranean and Use It as a Fish Topper
Whipping up a fish filet for dinner is one of the quickest and easiest ways to put weeknight dinner on the table. The only problem – I usually want a sauce or a salsa to spice up the flavors of fish. This rainbow salsa is perfect as a fish topper. It’s beautiful to look at, and the flavors will go perfectly with mild white fish like cod or bass.
7. Keep It Mexican Themed
If you don’t feel like being creative, there are so many options within the Mexican theme. Toast up some corn tortillas to make tostada, make a plate of cauliflower nachos, or make any variety of tacos. This salsa is meant for these types of foods, so why not keep it simple?
Now that we’ve shared some of our favorite ways to use this rainbow salsa, it’s your turn! What was your favorite way to enjoy this flavorful and beautiful salsa? How did your friends and family like it at the potluck? Let us know what worked for you!
Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 cup | Calories: 79 | Total Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 339mg | Carbohydrates: 15g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Protein: 5g | SmartPoints: 2
- 2 large tomatoes, diced small
- 1 small habanero pepper minced (this pepper is very spicy and is optional)
- 1 small yellow bell pepper, diced small
- 1/4 fresh cilanto, chopped
- 1 small red onion, diced small
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- Combine all ingredients together and mix well. Let set for 10 to 20 minutes before serving and enjoy!
- Note: a small orange bell pepper can be substituted for the habanero pepper if desired for less spice
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