Summer Salsas!! - CulinArt Group

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Summer Salsas!!

Chef Peter Klein and Regional Wellness Manager  Dorfman, MS, RDN created a delicious video showing off some of CulinArt’s great summer salsa recipes (CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO). Let’s dive a bit deeper into the nutritional benefits of these seasonal salsas!

There are so many simple and tasteful ways to incorporate these fresh salsas into your daily meals! They are a great topping or side dish that can incorporate vitamins, minerals, and high-water content foods.

Each of these summer salsa variations use the same basic ingredients: simply adding salt, pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, onion, and lime juice can add so much flavor. What makes these salsas stand out, are the fruity base ingredients!

  • Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a good source of therapeutic compounds such as antioxidant flavonoids, phytonutrients, and phenols. There are important daily vitamins and minerals found in cilantro including vitamin A, C, K, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and folate. Not only are these vitamins and minerals present, but it also aids in the detoxification of the body, antioxidant ability, reduces stress and anxiety, controls blood sugar levels, digestion, reducing urinary tract infections, brain health, and heart health.
  • Lime juice has many similar benefits to lemon juice. Limes are a great source of vitamins A, B, C, D, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. This citrus fruit contains antioxidants which protect the body. The juice is also able to hydrate and rejuvenate skin, improve digestion, fight infections, and prevents diseases.
  • Strawberries are a fruit packed with nutrients – including vitamin C, K, folate, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. This sweet fruit is also rich in fiber and antioxidants.
  • Blueberries are also nutrient dense and high in fiber. In this summer berry, vitamins C, K, B6, folate, potassium, copper, and manganese are present. The deep blue color comes from the high levels of anthocyanins which also contribute to the many health benefits.

These simple and healthy salsa recipes are so simple to create and make great additions to any meal. Some ideas to incorporate them into lunch or dinner could be to use it to top a grilled protein such as chicken, steak, fish, or tofu. Or, switch out your jarred salsa for some of these summer varieties in your tacos! Even a sandwich or wrap could use these great salsas to as bright colors and light tastes!

Share with us, which summer salsa is your favorite?

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  • July 7, 2021

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“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“The roasted tofu/noodle/edamame arugula salad with cabbage, carrots and red peppers was something that I would buy from a restaurant or food truck without question. It would win best school lunch in the U.S. without a doubt if there was such a competition! The textures and flavors were a perfect blend, tied together by an excellent dressing. I don't think anyone would be mad if that popped up on the menu every week. Thanks again to you and your staff for such high-quality food!”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“Thank you so very much for the AMAZING dinner you provided for the President, Dean and Jim & Marilyn Simons. They really enjoyed it!! It was perfectly thought out and delicious. Your expertise and impeccable presentation and taste were truly appreciated!”

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