Fresh cranberries make and unusual, but sensational salsa, which is great in the fall when cranberries are readily available. This brilliant red appetizer will attract party goers to it.—Jerri Gradert, Lincoln, Nebraska
Meet the Cook: Both my husband and I were raised on farms, and we prefer home cooking to eating out. That works out fine since I love trying new recipes! I've served this treat as an appetizer and a snack. Plus, it's sweet enough to be a dessert. It's easy to transport besides.
We have a 9-year-old daughter.
-Carolyn Brinkmeyer, Aurora, Colorado
When I found this recipe, I was planning a party and thought it might be fun, different salsa to set out with chips. It was an absolute success. People love the garlic, corn and avocado combination.
—Susan Vandermeer, Ogden, Utah
I developed this recipe for my special diet after living in Mexico for a couple of years. You can find prickly pear cactus at your grocery store in the specialty food section.—Hope T. Woodhead, Tecate, California
Guests often try to guess the secret ingredient in this. None think of strawberries...but many ask for the recipe.
Our six children—all daughters—are grown, and we have 10 grandchildren. Knitting is among my hobbies, so I plan on making an afghan for all 16 of them. So far, I've finished 10!
Much of our summer menu is done on the grill, and peppers and avocados are favorites in my family. That led me to create this recipe to help spice up our barbecued entrees. I have also served it as an appetizer or thin wedges of bread and as a topping for easy country-style dishes like chicken and rice pilaf. With our 14-year-old daughter, we live on 4 wooded acres on Mt. Pisqua.
-Theresa Mullens, Gill, Massachusetts
I'm a "transplant" here from Wisconsin. Even after 20 years, I still can't get enough of our wonderful local citrus. This is one way to work it into a main dish. The combination of tangy fruit, spicy jalapeno and distinctive cilantro is perfect over any meat, poultry or fish. We also dip into it with chips.
Other fruits are often used in relishes and sauces, but I decided to make one with my favorites - strawberries and blueberries. I get rave reviews when I serve this fruity, distinctive salsa over meat. It's also delicious atop a spinach or lettuce salad.
-Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida
I love foods that surprise the senses with a tempting mix of textures and colors—like this one. Use this as a topping for grilling meat or serve it as a relish on the side.—Gary Maly, West Chester, Ohio