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.

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Strawberry Mango Thai Basil Salsa The Thai basil adds a distinctive flavor to the salsa. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gift for cooking experiments brings County Fair ribbons galore," 3 Sep. 2019 Cacio e pepe is made with stuffed tortelloni (a touch too al dente) rather than long pasta like linguine or spaghetti, and a pesto-y salsa verde shifts the flavor profile entirely. Globe Staff,, "A first visit to chef Tiffani Faison’s Orfano," 29 Aug. 2019 Jones Valley Teaching Farm will host the last edition of this year’s cooking class series on Sunday, August 4 at 3:30 p.m., and sign-up begins at 3:00 p.m. On the menu that afternoon: a Caprese salsa and a summer peach salsa. al, "Looking for cooking lessons? Check out these free chef demos in Birmingham," 1 Aug. 2019 In their place are fresh corn tortillas, maybe two of them, stuffed with marinated meats, chopped onions and cilantro and garnished with lime, radish and a spicy, fresh salsa that brings together the symphony of flavors. Christina Tkacik,, "Yes, you can get good tacos in Baltimore: 11 places you must try," 15 July 2019 Crispy tortilla triangles are smothered in a piquant tomatillo salsa and drizzled with crema. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville’s Con Huevos excels when serving up the most important meal of the day," 10 July 2019 But a mango pineapple salsa really gives it that island feel. Fox News, "Sara Carter's Cuban-Style Chicken Tacos," 29 Aug. 2018 For $100, festival goers will get into the building an hour early and enjoy a three-taco plate with chips and salsa and a dessert of Mexican chocolate cake. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Real, Wild and Woody craft beer festival is 'a love letter' to Arizona's beer culture," 16 July 2019 So officially the Black San Diego group launched in April 2016 over chips, salsa, wine and our determination to make a difference. Cheryl Morrow, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Olivia Green," 8 July 2019

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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 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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