Is that not just the prettiest thing you've ever seen?

Fresh, fresher, FRESHEST garden vegetables. Summer's song, captured in a bowl of crisp salsa cruda: chopped fresh veggies, lightly seasoned with chili and/or cumin.

Here's the basic recipe, which makes about 2 1/2 cups of crisp, chunky salsa. Feel free to amend it (or increase it) as desired.

1 1/2 cups diced Roma or plum tomato, about 2 tomatoes
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup diced green bell pepper
1 to 2 peeled garlic cloves, minced
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, or to taste; optional

Let's start with the tomatoes – I'm using Roma, as they're less juicy than most. I prefer a salsa that's more veggies, less juice.

Chop into 3/8” pieces. Now, don't make yourself crazy measuring exactly; anywhere between 1/4” and 1/2” is fine. You just want fairly small dice.

In fact, it helps to have all the veggies chopped to a similar size. A pair of scissors works well with the red and green bell peppers.

Here it all is: peppers, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic.

Stir together. Add the salt and cumin to taste.

Lovely! Serve with crisp tortilla chips, or toasted pitas.

How about a sweet-tangy pineapple salsa?

Here are the ingredients:

1 1/2 cups grilled pineapple, diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1 to 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus extra leaves for garnish
¼ teaspoon salt

First, slice a fresh pineapple in 1/4”-thick slices.

Place on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake in a 350°F oven for about 50 minutes...

...till the pineapple is noticeably dry, and barely beginning to brown around the edges.

Dice the pineapple into 3/8” (or so) pieces.

Toss with the remaining ingredients.

Scoop it up!

And then there's black bean and fresh corn salsa. Using the original salsa cruda recipe, substitute 1/2 cup cooked or canned black beans and 1/2 cup uncooked fresh corn kernels for 1 cup of the diced tomatoes.

Hint: a corn stripper removes kernels from an ear of fresh corn beautifully intact.

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PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, three dogs, and really good food!

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