Cherry Salsa with Beets & Crispy Tofu

Updated: Sep 13



Summer is the best time to experiment with salsa recipes, especially if you use ingredients that are in season. If you liked the mango and avocado salsa I made recently, then you’ll love this one too!



This sweet cherry salsa with beets is earthy and slightly sweet. With a touch of garlic and balsamic vinegar, this salsa makes for a tasty and healthy snack that is also affordable and so easy to make.



For this beet salsa recipe, I serve it with a side of crispy tofu, but there are many ways to enjoy it. This cherry salsa works great on sandwiches, wraps, buddha bowls, and salads. You can also serve it with pita bread or tortilla chips. A great happy hour snack!



If you’re looking for a fresh and summery salsa recipe, give this one a try, I promise you’ll love it. It was great to add to my buddha bowls throughout the week!




Details:


Yield: 5 servings

Prep time: 10 min

Cooking time: 20 min

Total time: 30 min


Ingredients:


2 cups cherries

15 oz unsalted beets (from a can)

1 small red onion (or ½ medium red onion)

1 cup parsley

1 clove garlic

½ tsp salt

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


Tofu:

1 block extra firm tofu

1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp cornstarch


Directions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F

  2. Press the tofu to drain as much water as possible. Then, cut the block into cubes.

  3. To a medium bowl, add the tofu, olive oil, soy sauce, and cornstarch. Combine well.

  4. Add the tofu to a baking sheet and bake for 20 - 25 minutes. This makes slightly crispy tofu. I learned this technique from Cookie and Kate!

  5. While the tofu is cooking, finely chop the cherries, beets, garlic, and onion.

  6. To a bowl, add the chopped cherries, beets, garlic, onion, parsley leaves, salt, and balsamic vinegar. Mix well.

  7. Once the tofu is done, serve it with the salsa, and that’s it! It’s ready to be enjoyed.


Notes:




Approximate cost:

$7.00. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only. It does not include seasoning.











Nutrition:


*Cherries: Cherries are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They’re also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which may reduce chronic disease risk and promote overall health. Consuming cherries, especially tart cherry products like juice and powder, may improve athletic performance and reduce exercise-induced muscle damage and soreness. Cherries are packed with potassium and polyphenol antioxidants, which have powerful heart-protective properties.


* Beets are high in vitamins and minerals and low in calories and fat. They contain inorganic nitrates and pigments, both of which have several health benefits, as well as a high concentration of nitrates, which have a blood pressure-lowering effect. This may lead to a reduced risk of heart attacks, heart failure, and stroke. Also, eating beets may enhance athletic performance by improving oxygen use.


*Tofu is a food made of condensed soy milk that is pressed into solid white blocks in a process quite similar to cheesemaking.

It’s high in protein and contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs. It provides fats, carbs, and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

Whole soy foods like tofu can improve several markers of heart health. This may lead to a reduced risk of heart disease.



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