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Use Salsa to Upgrade Your Dinner

Specialty salsas can make a boring meal brilliant. Try these surefire combinations.

By Melissa Clark
Easy DIY salsaAnn Stratton


  • Use a tropical-fruit salsa to top roasted poultry or grilled meaty fish (like salmon and swordfish). Grilled pork, mahimahi, and tuna demand pineapple or mango salsa.
  • Serve roasted-pepper salsa alongside trout, red snapper, seared chicken breasts, or grilled steak.
  • Serve garlic salsa on top of baguette slices for a south western twist on bruschetta.
  • Use fire-roasted tomato salsa as a marinade for steak or on top of baked potatoes, baked goat cheese rounds, or turkey or grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Mix tomatillo salsa into crab cakes, or drizzle it over avocado and orange slices.
  • Stir corn-and-black-bean salsa into crab or chicken salad or summer soups.

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