sal·​sa | \ ˈsȯl-sə How to pronounce salsa (audio) , ˈsäl- \

Definition of salsa

1 : a usually spicy sauce of chopped tomatoes, onions, and peppers that is commonly served with Mexican food also : a similar sauce made with a main ingredient other than tomatoes peach salsa
2 : popular music of Latin American origin that has absorbed characteristics of rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock

Examples of salsa in a Sentence

The band was playing salsa. We're taking classes in salsa.
Recent Examples on the Web This recipe, Fresh Cranberry Bean Chile Verde, is a take on pork in chile verde where pork shoulder is cooked in a tomatillo salsa base. Christian Reynoso,, "Fall’s cranberry beans reimagine chile verde as a sultry vegetarian stew," 25 Sep. 2020 Meiers Meats and Fine Foods, a specialty grocery store, was one of the salsa contestants, and participating involved processing 44 gallons of tomatoes sweetened with mango. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Everyone’s a food critic with Utah Taste Off kits," 25 Sep. 2020 Top each of the the chicken breasts with 1/4 cup of the salsa and 1/4 cup of the cheese. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Fire Pit Chicken and Bean Foil Packets," 23 Sep. 2020 And there’s something truly heartwarming about homemade jars of zesty marinara, crunchy pickles, fiery salsa and sweet fruit jam. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, "Here's everything you need to know about canning and an easy pickle recipe to get started," 15 Sep. 2020 Two tablespoons of standard salsa contains 1 gram of sugar, compared to 6 grams of sugar in 2 tablespoons of ketchup, McGrane explained. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Craving sugar during a pandemic? Here's how to tame your sweet tooth," 14 Sep. 2020 This salsa is bright and tangy — a credit to the sheer volume of tomatillos called for in the recipe — with just enough jalapeño heat at the end. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Staff picks: 8 condiments we swear by and how to use them," 4 Sep. 2020 Try using salsa as your condiment instead of ketchup. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Craving sugar during a pandemic? Here's how to tame your sweet tooth," 14 Sep. 2020 Taste the salsa and adjust the seasoning by adding more salt or lime juice if necessary. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fish tacos: The lore of a ‘San Diego’ signature dish," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of salsa

circa 1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salsa

Spanish, literally, sauce, from Latin, feminine of salsus salted — more at sauce

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The first known use of salsa was circa 1962

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30 Sep 2020

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“Salsa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of salsa

: a spicy sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers that is commonly served with Mexican food
: a type of popular Latin-American music
: dancing that is done to salsa music


sal·​sa | \ ˈsȯl-sə How to pronounce salsa (audio) , ˈsäl- \

Kids Definition of salsa

1 : a spicy sauce of tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers
2 : popular music of Latin American origin with characteristics of jazz and rock

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