Summer Salsa Made with Honey

Summer Salsa Made with Honey

Summer is the time for outdoor gatherings, relaxing in the sun, and getting creative in the kitchen. If there’s one flavor that screams summer fun to me, it’s salsa. It gives you the sweet kick to keep going all day long at a picnic or beach bonfire. And this year, why not take your favorite salsa recipe up a notch? So get ready to spend more time outside because today we’re talking about how to make summer salsas with honey - the perfect poolside treat! Honey is our go-to ingredient for adding some extra sweetness and depth of flavor to everything from salads to snacks—and I think it just might be what’s missing from your salsas too.

Here’s what I learned today as we made this summer salsa together:

  • Tomatoes are a good source of Lycopene, Vitamin C and are rich in potassium
  • Garlic is an antioxidant health booster, increases blood flow and protects against cancer and heart disease, and is consistently shown to lower cholesterol levels.
  • Cilantro can help to bind and remove metals in the body
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in potassium and promotes good digestion
  • Flat Leaf Parsley is high in Folic Acid, Chlorophyll, and B Vitamins
  • The Amazing Power of Honey as Medicine
summer salsa in wooden bowl being served with wooden spoon
Freshly-made Summer Salsa

Making Summer Salsa

It’s easier than you think to make this summer salsa recipe. All you need are about a dozen ingredients. Here’s the list:

  • Sweet white corn off the cob
  • Black beans
  • red onion
  • Red, green, or yellow pepper
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • tomatoes
  • garlic cloves
  • cilantro
  • flat-leaf parsley
  • Eastern Shore Honey
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper

How to Make Summer Salsa

One: Prepare the corn

Cook Corn and blanch; remove from cobb with a knife

making summer salsa with ingredients corn and cilantro up close

Two: Drain and rinse the beans

Drain Black Beans and rinse several times. The liquid in canned beans is starch and salt, which may impact your recipe. It would be best if you rinsed the beans a few times. Draining and rinsing also remove the metallic flavor sometimes found in canned beans.

black beans up close in summer salsa

Three: Mix the ingredients and serve

Mix corn, beans, and all vegetable and herb ingredients in a medium bowl. Drain any excess juice. Stir in honey, vinegar, and lime juice. Lightly season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

all ingredients for summer salsa in glass bowl with hand and spoon
Fresh-picked tomatoes from the garden

Adapting Summer Salsa with honey

A recipe is not perfect until you’ve added your touch. That’s why we encourage you to play with your food. Call your inner chef to come out and play and change up this recipe. This raw salsa is made fresh to be used immediately after making it. You can make other salsas that are cooked and canned and can be used and shared with friends and family for years to come. We’ll explore one of those shortly! For now, here are some ideas for you to change this up:

  • Use lemon juice instead of lime.
  • Add in fresh ingredients from your garden
  • Change up the heat to suit your tastes
chopped tomatoe and green pepper chopped for summer salsa

Look no further than this Summer salsa recipe if you’re looking for a delicious and easy recipe to take to your next outdoor gathering. This dish is perfect for summer picnics and beach bonfires - it’s sweet, flavorful, and sure to please a crowd. And the best part? It only takes a few minutes to make! So go ahead and give this tasty salsa a try - your taste buds will thank you. If you decide to try making this recipe, share a snapshot with us using #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!


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About the Author

Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learning about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more. Read more about Kara