Former President Jimmy Carter gave First Place to this zippy salsa at the Plains Peanut Festival in his Georgia hometown. Mother-daughter team Lane and Elizabeth McCloud came up with the recipe just days before the competition. “Although we weren’t allowed in the judging room, we later saw a tape of President Carter tasting our salsa and saying, ‘Mmmmmm… that’s good,‘“ says Lane, who lives in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. “Elizabeth was only 9 at the time, but it’s a day she’ll never forget.“ &mdash
This recipe makes art in a bowl! All the colors of summer are captured in this dish with a fresh, light flavor perfect for snacking between swims or to kick off a backyard barbecue. This can be served with chips or alone as a side dish. —Catherine Ann Goza, Leland, North Carolina
This fresh-tasting medley bursts with homegrown garden goodness, including tomatoes, red pepper and crunchy corn. "Serve this salsa in the traditional way with baked tortilla chips and veggies—or as a condiment for fish," suggests Chris Schnittka of Charlottesville, Virginia.
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
"I made these 'South-of-the-Border' treats when I have a craving for something a little spicy," writes Laurie Todd, Columbus, Mississippi. "These bite-size morsels are as tasty as they are attractive. They make fun appetizers for a party, too."
Shake things up this season with our Test Kitchen's fruity take on a classic treat. This salsa combines traditional corn and hot jalapenos with cool chopped watermelon and fresh blueberries for a well balanced chip dipper.
Our backyard grill is the perfect place to cook up the ingredients for homemade corn salsa. It’s yummy with tortilla chips and as a topping for meat, poultry and fish.—Alicia DeWolfe, Gloucester, Massachusetts
I love the fresh flavors, colors and convenience of this dish. It adds fun to a workday lunch without adding inches to the waistline or putting a dent in the food budget. This can be served immediately or chilled in the morning and eaten at lunch time! It's delicious with baked tortilla chips or spooned over grilled chicken.—Ellen Finger, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Betty Hatfield of Aurora, Colorado combines fresh veggies, garbanzo beans and purchased salsa in the zippy party dip. Served with tortilla chips, it's a surefire crowd-pleaser. "I found this recipe years ago and have been making it ever since," she says. "It's one of my husband's favorites."