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July 31, 2008

Summer Salsa: Where Zucchini and Cucumbers Collide!

Summer Salsa

It's summer and you've got a ton of zucchini and cucumbers...Now what do you do with them? Why not make a fresh salsa. Salsa with cucumbers and zucchini? Yes...Salsa! This salsa is a bit different in that it contains no tomatoes, but trust me you won't miss them because you're adding a bunch of different vegetables in their place! The fresh vegetables, along with the choice of spices, give the salsa just the right punch and the possibilities of what you could do with this mix are endless!

To see more zucchini and cucumber recipes be sure to stop over at Dinner Tonight with the editors of Everyday Food. They've got a fabulous section today entitled "Garden Goodies: Cuke & Zuke Fest" and you know that is going to be good and I just had to participate right along with them when I found out about it yesterday, because zucchini and cucumbers...What's not to like? And I know many of you are always looking for new recipes to utilize your summer abundance of vegetables, especially cucumbers and zucchini since you comment and e-mail me often. So stop on over at Everyday Food to see what awaits you there and let's dive right in right here shall we?

Summer Salsa

What You'll Need:
1 large zucchini, seeded and chopped
3-4 pickling cucumbers, seeded and chopped
1 yellow squash, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped (Note: Any color will work.)
1 chocolate bell pepper, chopped (Note: Again any color you have on hand will do.)
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped fine (Note: I like to use the milder version of these, but you can use the regular ones if you like.)
1 small red onion, chopped (Note: Have I mentioned lately these should be called purple instead of red? ;oP)
1 ear of corn, kernels removed
2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
A generous pinch of sea salt
A very generous pinch of finely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Chop veggies and toss together in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the veggies and toss to coat. Add in spices and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. (How simple is that?)

This mixture will store in the fridge for up to a week.

Summer Salsa

Notes: You can use any mix of peppers that you like. If you want a milder mix leave out the jalapeño and cayenne peppers. If you like it really hot then nix the bells and add in a mixture of all hot peppers. It's completely up to taste and what you like. As for serving...You could use the salsa to top grilled chicken or fish, it would make a fabulous, surprising topper for your standard mashed or baked potato or you can go super simple and just grab some tortilla chips and dig right in like I did! Sometimes simple is best, especially in the summer!

Posted by Dianne at July 31, 2008 9:54 AM

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Hey Dianne!
So glad you're into zukes and cukes like we are. They have such refreshing clean flavor that I love the idea of pumping them up with heat--can't wait to try yours. See ya next week for green beans??

Posted by: Deb Puchalla at July 31, 2008 10:58 AM

I really liked the way this turned out and it was even better when I had some today!

Oh green beans...I'll have to think about that one for a while...

Posted by: Dianne at July 31, 2008 1:44 PM

Yikes! What an unusual and great combination! I'd never have thought of it, but it sounds wonderful. We're always looking for new salsa recipes, and this sounds like a winner.

Posted by: Lori at August 6, 2008 8:55 AM

The mixture really turned out great! And the best thing was that as the days passed and the flavors melded it just became that much better!

Posted by: Dianne at August 7, 2008 10:42 AM

I've never added zucchini to a salsa before, how creative!!

Posted by: Jenn at July 24, 2009 2:07 AM

Loved this when I made it last year. Haven't made any this year yet though. Think I may next week!

Posted by: Dianne at July 24, 2009 7:40 PM

This is a great idea. Love the combo and will have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix!

Posted by: Diane-thewholegang at July 26, 2009 11:49 AM

Thanks! I like to make salsas and shake them up a bit!

Posted by: Dianne at July 27, 2009 1:34 PM

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