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Salsa with Tequila-Soaked Currants

  • SERVINGS: Makes about 8 cups
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD

In place of jicama, Kiesel uses chayotes, which are crispier and less starchy. The unusual addition of currants tempers the heat from the jalapeños.

  1. 1/4 cup tequila
  2. 1/2 cup dried currants
  3. 2 chayotes (1 pound total)—halved lengthwise, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  4. 2 pints cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  5. 1 medium red onion, minced
  6. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 3 jalapeños, seeded and minced
  8. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  9. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the tequila to a simmer. Remove from the heat, add the currants and let soak for 10 minutes; drain. In a medium saucepan of boiling salted water, blanch the chayotes for 1 minute; drain and let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the chayote, tequila-soaked currants, tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeños and cilantro. Season the salsa liberally with salt and pepper and serve.
Make Ahead The unseasoned salsa can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Bring the salsa to room temperature and season just before serving. Notes One Serving Calories 39 kcal, Total Fat 0.3 gm, Saturated Fat 0 gm, Protein 1 gm, Carbohydrates 8 gm.