Summer is not complete without a delicious salsa. We believe that the secret to a successful and utterly delicious salsa lies in using good quality ingredients and the freshest flavors. Here are some ways you can enjoy the best of the summer with our favorite summer salsa ideas made with Texas olive oil.
But First… The Basics Of a Great Summer Salsa
Traditionally, salsas are a spicy Mexican-influenced sauce that is served with a meal. The sauce base is often made with tomatillos, peppers, and onions. However, there are several ways in which you can enjoy salsa by experimenting with some of the best and most unusual ingredients to harness the taste of summer truly.
The beauty of salsas is that you can adjust the recipe to suit your flavor needs - by adding complementary flavors and changing the spice level, you can be confident that every meal will be packed full of flavor. This seemingly simple sauce can be as complex and delicious as you want it to be.
A Taste of Summer With a Drizzle of Texas Olive Oil
Working with the right ingredients is vital. With the basics of any good salsa starting with a tomatillo and roasted hot pepper base, you can begin to build it from there. Another vital ingredient to good salsa is the olive oil that you use with it. Depending on the flavors you want, you can use a few different types of extra virgin Texas olive oil.
When choosing the right EVOO, you should consider the base flavor you would like to create for your salsas. Use this quick guide to pairing your favorite EVOO:
- Hoijiblanca - This universal everyday oil is perfect for any salsa base when you want to harness the authentic flavor of the sauce.
- Koroneiki-based Super Greek - Peppery and fruity, this is the ideal EVOO for salsas with a strong citrus note. Try adding this variety to your favorite lime-based salsas.
- Arbequina-based Sola Stella - This buttery smooth EVOO is perfect for mango and pineapple salsas. The soft flavor is the ideal complement to any exotic fruity notes found in tropical fruit.
- Infusions - Using infused blends is another way to add flavor and an extra layer of deliciousness to your salsas. Citrus-based infusions such as blood orange and lemon are the perfect addition to any salsa recipe. Jalapeno-infused oils are the ideal way to add a little extra layer of spice.
Finding The Flavor Of Summer
Fruity salsas taste better if you keep them whole instead of blending them. Salsa verde or citrus-based salsas, on the other hand, are perfect for blending into a smooth sauce. For an added kick of flavor and texture, try adding entire segments of blood orange to these salsas.
Whether you enjoy the salsas made with fresh fruits such as mango and strawberry or a traditionally vegetable-based salsa made with the finest roasted peppers, you can be confident that each bite will be packed full of the most unique and impressive flavors.