Classic summertime meals of grilled fish, chicken, or steak call for accompaniments that supply bright flavors without unwanted fat and calories. Since salsas and relishes get their robust taste from a variety of fresh herbs, peppers, and other seasonings -- with just a splash of olive oil to hold it all together -- they are refreshingly light. Served chilled or at room temperature, these vibrant dishes are perfect when the mercury rises, with any heat they impart coming from the spices.
These simple recipes are also ideal during the summer because they call for only basic kitchen techniques. We turned the season's first crop of corn into a crisp all-American relish with a quick pickling. For a Provencal twist, we roasted tomatoes to bring out their natural sweetness before tossing them with fennel and basil. And we toasted cumin seeds to intensify their earthy aroma, which balances the sweetness of coconut in an Indian-inspired salsa.
Even made with raw ingredients, a salsa or relish can sing with flavor, and requires little work. Take our mint-and-chile-spiked pineapple salsa, for example: It can be tossed together in less time than it takes to heat the grill.