A trio of summer salsas, no tomatoes necessary

Experiment with your favorite fruits and herbs in these three fresh alternatives to tomato salsa from a jar: (clockwise from top) Cucumber-Corn Salsa, Apple-Pepper Salsa and Strawberry-Fennel Salsa. Enlarge photo

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Experiment with your favorite fruits and herbs in these three fresh alternatives to tomato salsa from a jar: (clockwise from top) Cucumber-Corn Salsa, Apple-Pepper Salsa and Strawberry-Fennel Salsa.

Who says salsa has to be made from tomatoes? Or dumped unceremoniously from a jar?

With all of summer’s bounty, there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that make fantastic salsas. Scoop them up with chips or crackers, or add them to sandwiches, salads, burgers and tacos. We came up with three simple salsas, but they are easily tweaked to whatever is fresh or happens to be in your refrigerator. Switch out the apples for peaches or plums, even chopped strawberries. Don’t like dill? Opt for basil or tarragon.