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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Nothing beats serving this salsa still warm and freshly blended. Bon Appetit, "Charred Tomato Salsa," 28 May 2018 Top with carrot salsa and serve on English muffins if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Egg Pepper Rings with Carrot Salsa," 9 Jan. 2019 Top with any remaining salsa and sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Weeknight Meals," 21 Dec. 2018 The dish—which is a permanent fixture on the menu—consists of creamy corn grits, poached eggs, tomatillo salsa, cebolitas asadas and cotija cheese. Noor Brara, Vogue, "How The Wing's New San Francisco Outpost Is Showcasing the Bay Area's Diverse Culinary Talent," 9 Oct. 2018 In a European Union-friendly touch, savory crepe choices also include Greek (feta, olives, peppers, etc.), Italian (mozzarella, tomatoes, etc.) and Spanish (salsa, avocado, etc.). Tim Smith,, "French Twist Cafe serves up crepes, coffee, charm and language lessons," 6 June 2018 An extroverted man who speaks fluent street Spanish (learned with help from Cherie, who is Puerto Rican), Feeley plays the cajón, dances salsa, loves bullfighting, and is pleased to tell you about his friendship with the late Gabriel García Márquez. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration," 19 May 2018 Use them in salads, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, hot or cold cereal, salsa, tea, cocktails, mocktails -- the options are endless. Molly Kimball,, "Why you should eat blueberries every day (or at least regularly)," 15 May 2018 Local buyers lined up for salsa, pickles, jams, jellies, relish, and more. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Here are the top fresh foods to try at Louisville-area farmers markets," 15 May 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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