sal·​sa | \ˈsȯl-sə, 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.

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The most distinctive dish at Smoke, however, is a Tex-Mex twist on barbecue: a trio of tacos topped with smoked pork belly and mango salsa. Craig Laban,, "Smoke BBQ brings a legitimate barbecue contender to downtown Audubon," 10 July 2018 For vanilla-mango salsa, dice mango and combine with spicy jalapeño, red tomatoes, red onions, lime juice, and a splash of vanilla. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "There's nothing vanilla about cooking with fragrant, homemade vanilla," 13 June 2018 At Mohegan Sun, SolToro offers a mixed grill platter on Father's Day, featuring NY strip with cheddar and chipotle mashed potatoes, blackened mahi mahi with mango salsa and grilled chicken with rancheros beans and a mole sauce for $25. Leeanne Griffin,, "Father's Day Dining Specials In Connecticut," 5 June 2018 Speaking of … an extra side of the mango salsa would also be advised. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Review: Caribbean restaurant may be tucked away, but its flavors are anything but boring," 21 Feb. 2018 Jazz them up with a seasonally appropriate relish, salsa or yogurt sauce. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to keep your cool when it feels too hot to cook," 24 July 2018 While the sauces make for a great fish or meat marinade, they are meant for everyday use like sriracha or salsa or any other hot sauce. Vogue, "Hawa Hassan Is Bringing the Ketchup of Somalia to Your Kitchen," 14 Mar. 2018 Serve hot, with your favorite salsa verde and corn bread. Bonnie S. Benwick, Houston Chronicle, "Canned hominy equals kitchen harmony," 5 Feb. 2018 Bruce made grilled sirloin steak with bread and butter beet salad and horseradish aioli while Fatima made blue and orange nachos with achiote rubbed chicken, black lentils, cheese sauce and peach habanero salsa. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "Talkin' Top Chef, Episode Nine: A Super Bowl-Inspired Challenge Brings in the Broncos," 1 Feb. 2018

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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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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, 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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