Tonight I  featured this recipe at an event at The Book Cellar in Chicago, I appreciate the flavors, versatility and ingredients in this simple salsa.  As we get closer to Food Day, it makes perfect sense to highlight a salsa made with artichokes.

Artichoke hearts are a natural for salsa as they are chunky and offer a ton of mouthfeel.  Artichokes are jammed packed with health benefits as they feed the trillions of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract, they are rich in fiber and potassium.  The trick in this recipe is using marinated artichokes.

Artichoke-Inspired Salsa

Use this salsa on fish, chicken, lean beef, or baked potatoes; it makes a great appetizer with whole grain crackers or pita chips.

Yield: 5 servings       Serving size: 1/2 cup     Prep time: 10 minutes

2 cups marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

3 Roma or plum tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoon red onion, diced

1/4 cup black olives, diced

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 tablespoon small capers

2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

Salt and pepper

1.   In a medium bowl, mix together artichoke hearts, tomatoes, onion, olives, garlic, salt, and pepper.

2.   Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:

90 calories

4 g total fat

1 g saturated fat

0 Trans fat

0 g cholesterol

254 mg sodium

13 g carbohydrates

6 g fiber

2 sugars

4 g protein

10 percent iron