I don't know about you, but when I think of summer and food, I think of light, cool foods. And when it comes to social gatherings, I think salsa. But not just any salsa. Homemade salsa, where every ingredient is fresh and chunky from slicing and dicing it yourself.
Right before Cinco de Mayo when Mother Nature usually (sometimes?) gifts us with spring weather by early May, I start to craving Mexican and Latin cuisine again. I get more than my fair share in the spring and summer months. The warmer presence of the air brings my cravings and tastebuds back to exciting, colorful flavors. Although a lot of the cuisine options can be heavier (enchiladas, chimichangas, burritos, etc.), it's not usually a first choice of mine during our fall and winter months. I think there's just so much exotic taste from the ingredients alone, let alone the spices that get added in, that I want something more than the ho-hum I just ate for 7 months.
So when an opportunity came up for me to bring something along to my friends' cook-out, I wanted to make something that I can eat AND that everyone else would enjoy.
Enter the salsa.
I first came across this trying it elsewhere and couldn't stop eating it. I probably would've taken the whole bowl and scarfed it down whole had there not been a dozen other people in the same room who were also eating the potluck style food. Since cook-outs are so relaxed it seemed like the perfect addition - salsas are so easy to put together and serve. Plus I figured if no one really took much (or if somehow no one liked it), all the more for me. And really, what good is it making something to bring and share at a gathering if you don't like it yourself?
This isn't just your regular salsa recipe though.... there's a key, little, hidden ingredient. In this is a light dressing that gets drizzled over and mixed in, and in that dressing is a special liquid that not only adds flavor, but also has healthy benefits for your body and mind to boot. ....... Cumin essential oil for the win!
The oil is derived from the seeds, and much more powerful than the seeds itself. As an essential oil, cumin is known to have great digestive health support. It also is bactericial, carminative, a diuretic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, a detoxifier, an emengogue (woo-hoo!), a stimulant, nervine, and tonic substance.
Here's the finished product!!
And, as predicted, it was a hit. Following the ingredient amounts even left me a good 1/3 of the bowl left!
Check out the full recipe from here!
I have yet to try it with the ground spice instead of the oil, so I can't guarantee the same addictive cravings and exquisiteness. And quite frankly, I'd rather use a drop of oil and get full-body benefits as a result. If you do want to use the oil, contact me to find out where and how to get some.
Go on, indulge. Live a little. Taste the rainbow. ;)