15 ways to use your apples
If you notice precious few late-summer tomatoes still left in your garden, let apples take the lead in a zesty salsa. Use Jonathans or Northern Spies for a tart salsa; Macouns or Golden Delicious for a sweeter taste. Whichever variety you choose, apples add crisp juicy flavor to a family dinner favorite.
Apple Black Bean Salsa
Makes about 3 cups
Jalapeno peppers can range from mild to fiery. To avoid flavor jolts, taste a tiny bit before deciding how much to add. To prevent the apples from discoloring, add them to the bowl with the lime juice.
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup diced plum tomatoes
1 cup diced unpeeled apple
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
Salt to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix gently with a large spoon.
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