County's best salsas named

Attached is a picture of first place fruit salsa winner Karen Meade of Goshen, left, and first place vegetable salsa winner Esther Deakins of Lakeville.

GOSHEN — A Blueberry Bell Pepper Salsa was the overall winner in the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Open Class Home & Family Arts Department special contest for salsa recipes.

Organizers said five exhibitors entered the contest with seven entries. The contest was sponsored by Richmond’s Fee Service. 

First Place – Fruit and Overall Winner

Blueberry Bell Pepper Salsa

Karen Meade, Goshen

2 Tomatoes, Chopped

3 c. Fresh Blueberries, Roughly Chopped

2 T. Fresh Cilantro, Chopped

1 Jalapeno, Finely Chopped

1/2 Red Onion, Finely Chopped

1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped

1 Yellow Bell Pepper, Chopped

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 Lemon, Juiced

1/2 Pineapple, Chopped

Add all ingredients and stir until combined.

Second Place - Fruit

Peach Mango Salsa

John VanHuystee, Elkhart

1-1/2 c. Tomatoes, Chopped

3/4 c. Fresh Peaches, Chopped and Peeled

1/2 c. Red Onions, Chopped

1/2 c. Sweet Yellow Peppers, Chopped

1/2 c. Mango, Chopped and Peeled

2 T. Jalapeno Pepper, Chopped and Seeded

3 Garlic Cloves, Minced

1-1/2 tsp. Lime Juice

1/2 tsp. Fresh Cilantro, Minced

Mix all ingredients in large bowl, cover, and refrigerate. Serve with tortilla chips.

Third Place – Fruit

Avocado Fruit Salsa

Pascual Marquez, Goshen

1 Avocado, Seeded

1 c. Water

1/2 tsp. Salt

Juice of 1/2 Lime

Place in food processor. Blend to a soft consistency.

First Place – Vegetable

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Esther Deakins, Lakeville

3 lg. Ears of Corn, Cut Off Cob

1 c. Cherry Tomatoes, Quartered

1/4 c. Red Onion, Finely Diced

1/2 c. Green Pepper, Finely Diced

1-15 oz. Can Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained

1 tsp. Salt


1 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Juice of One Lemon

1/2 c. Red Wine Vinegar

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

1 tsp. Minced Garlic

1 tsp. Oregano

3 T. Fresh Cilantro, Chopped Fine

Mix corn, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, and black beans together. Sprinkle with salt. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and pour over corn mixture.

Second Place – Vegetable

Zucchini Salsa

Karen Meade, Goshen

2 lg. Tomatoes, Chopped

1 med. Zucchini, Chopped

1/2 c. Onion, Chopped

1 Jalapeno, Diced and Seeded (Optional)

2 T. Fresh Cilantro, Chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, Minced

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Pepper

3 T. Lime Juice

Combine all ingredients and stir. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Third Place – Vegetable

Fresh Salsa

Pascual Marquez, Goshen

4 Tomatoes (or 1 lg. Can)

1 med. Red or White Onion

3 Garlic Cloves, Peeled (or 1 T. Garlic Powder)

3 Jalapenos, Stem Removed

1/3 c. Fresh Cilantro Leaves

3 T. Fresh Lime Juice

3 T. White Vinegar

1 T. Salt

Combine all ingredients and stir.

Also participating in the Fresh Salsa Contest was Kim Sheets of Goshen.

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