Store-bought tomatillo salsa kicked up with grilled, fresh-picked corn, a friendly zap of sweet onions, aromatic cilantro and the tang of just-squeezed lime juice.  A muddle of sunshiney goodness.


I don't know if you guys are the same, but when summer is upon is and I first eye-spy fresh corn on the cob, I make a beeline for that bin.  Oh yessirreebob!  There's nothing like it.  Thankfully, these days, the grocery stores seem to carry shucked corn on the cob, most of the year.  A dandy fill-in indeedy.  But, nothing beats fresh corn on the cob, grown nearby.  Yum!

One fine day when the lazy, hazy, crazy days were having their way with us I wanted a quick and easy starter for a family pool gathering.  That's how Shortcut Summer Salsa came to be.  Who knew it was going to be so damn popular.  Seriously, they munched and crunched, they shot me silly smiles, they filled those paper plates again and then used the rest of the tortilla chips to scrape up any leftover bits of salsa, from the bowl..  I love it when this happens.  Yay!

Needless to say this salsa became my go-to summer appie, this year, and still gets the mmmm's.....

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Shortcut Summer Salsa

1 16-ounce jar green (tomatillo) salsa. (I used either Herdez or La Costena)
2 ears of fresh corn
1/2 medium-sized sweet onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of one plump lime
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

Tortilla chips

***Note - I sometimes add a very finely chopped fresh jalapeno, but mostly, this summer, I skipped the heat to keep the salsa kid-and-all-user friendly. Ha-cha-cha! ***

Pour green salsa into mixing bowl. 

Shuck corn, remove silks.  Either grill until cooked and a bit charred, or, as I do, pop onto a gas burner, on my stove top, over medium-low heat.  Keep turning with tongs, about 10 minutes, until evenly cooked, with some of those delicious charred bits.  Set aside to cool.  Then cut kernels from cobs.

Add corn, chopped onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt to salsa, in bowl.  Stir, stir, stir.  Pour your Shortcut Summer Salsa into a funky serving bowl and serve, with tortilla chips on the side.  Enjoy!