This Anything-Goes Salsa Will Change the Way You Think About Leftover Veggies

Keep cool this summer with an easy, breezy one-bowl recipe that works with whatever you have on hand.

July 07, 2020

Photo by: Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

I’ve always loved cooking with color. Gravitating towards the bright hues of different vegetables not only gives me a pretty presentation but an array of tastes and textures too. What’s better than a plate of veggies when you have ripe tomatoes, fresh peppers and bright greens to incorporate into your cooking?! Just imagine the beautiful shades of the rainbow simmering all together in a saucepan 😍.

I find myself using an abundance of veggies even more during the summertime, whether it’s roasting them in the oven, sautéing them on the stove or popping them on the grill for a nice bit of char. The only thing about keeping your fridge fully stocked with fresh vegetables is that you have to use them before they go bad. Whether you have leftovers on hand, too many to use up or just need a new recipe to get you out of a cooking rut, this veggie salsa is the solution!

Photo by: Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Whenever I find myself with leftover vegetables sitting in the fridge I always, ALWAYS turn to this simple salsa recipe. Zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and onions are staples in my refrigerator. But when I find that I have extra (and need to use them up ASAP), I dice them all up and throw them into a large bowl. Sprinkle in salt and pepper for taste, along with 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic. Sometimes I add fresh lime juice if I have it on hand and maybe a dab of hot sauce for some heat. The one ingredient that ties it all together? White vinegar. A splash of vinegar (about 2 teaspoons) really brings in that tangy, salsa taste and creates the juice that is all around the veggies. Mix the ingredients together (a one-bowl recipe!!) and leave it in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to chill.

Serve with warm tortilla chips, pita or even on top of a toasted slice of baguette! Your leftovers have totally been transformed into this new, delicious, healthy dish. The best part? No oven, grill or stove was needed! So easy!

Check out these other veggie salsa-inspired recipes like Ree Drummond’s Pico de Gallo, Alton Brown’s Salsa and Ellie Krieger’s Mango Salsa.

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