8.16.2010

Garden Fresh Tomato Salsa - Extemporaneous Recipe


Another excellent way to enjoy tomatoes is in fresh salsa.  Perhaps the best part of summer is that it is delicious to eat healthy.  We ate these with some baked tortilla chips.  I bought the kind that come in little bowl shapes so you can scoop up big bites of salsa because really tortilla chips are just edible spoons.  Well, edible spoons with salt on them.  The bright acid flavors of fresh salsa will summer up any dish from salad to fish or black beans.  My only problem with fresh salsa is it gets eaten so quickly.  I can never just have some on hand. 

You don't even really need a recipe to make salsa just dice all the tasty, in season ingredients, toss them together with a little lime juice and cilantro and enjoy.  This is a suggested ratio; feel free to adjust as needed.

What do you serve salsa with?

It's tomato time here on my blog. This month I'll be looking at different ways to preserve and eat tomatoes. Check out my first post where there are lots of inspiring comments for how to enjoy tomatoes. I am also adding links to the tomato posts as they are published so you will be able to find them together. Check it out here: Tomato Recipes and Ideas.

This recipe was featured in Two for Tuesdays volume 10. 

Garden Fresh Salsa

5 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup sweet pepper, diced
1 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped 

1 hot pepper, minced *mince with care or perhaps latex gloves on
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lime juice
Step 1:  Start by draining the juice off the diced tomatoes.  Save the juice and use it if you are canning, making sauce, or drink it.  I just had a great idea.  What about a fresh bloody Mary?  Maybe fresh and bloody don't belong in the same sentence. 

Step 2:  Mix everything, tomatoes, onion, sweet pepper, cilantro, hot pepper, garlic and lime juice together in a big bowl. 

Step 3:  Serve with tortilla chips, with anything involving Tex or Mex.  Also good on fish or just take a spoon and eat it.  It's delicious right away, but give it a couple hours and the flavors meld and the spice really comes out. 


25 comments:

  1. That looks really delicious! I was just thinking about making some salsa this weekend, so I think I'll try your recipe out. Thank you :)

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  2. I just made some fresh salsa the other day! I like mine with less of a kick, but I used fresh squeezed lime and cilantro, and green and red bell peppers. It turned out pretty good! This one looks great, I will have to try it out! Thanks for the post!

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  3. I just made salsa the other day too...mine is cooked however. Yous looks really yummy! I used all fresh ingredients as well. Check it out here http://ravienomnoms.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/isalsa/

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  4. I like to add a splash of apple cider vinegar plus chilly powder and maybe smoked paprika for a 'chipotle'esque flavor.

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  5. I love fresh tomatoes, too. I've tried to grow my own and kept losing tomatoes to critters before they were ripe enough to pick - however, this year I am trying out one of those Topsy Turvy things and am having more success. I have a couple that are just starting to turn colors, some fresh salsa might be in order! Love your blog!

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  6. There's nothing like home made salsa -- I only wish I had a garden but no space! I'm on a Mexican food kick, love the flavors!

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  7. Delicious, refreshing

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  8. yum i love making fresh salsa from the garden! i have a lentil salad recipe i'll be posting soon you might like.

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  9. Certain things just make you hungry

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  10. Yum! There is nothing better than a bowl of fresh salsa. This looks like a perfect summer treat!

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  11. I'd say the use of the word extemporaneous rates pretty high. I raise a glass to enhancing the IQ of foodie blog readers everywhere.

    Jason

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  12. where did you get those tortilla chips? love it!

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  13. There is nothing better than a fresh homemade Salsa. Delish!

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  14. Delicious!!! Summer tomatoes and homemade salsa, what could be better!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  15. My favorite thing to do with fat, ripe summer tomatoes! Thankyou for sharing this with Two for Tuesdays this week (don't forget to add a link back to any of the 7 host sites so that others can find the hop and share in the real food love!). =) Deeelicious!

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  16. I love fresh salsa. It makes the perfect late night snack and always goes over well at parties.

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  17. It doesn't get any better than this with the finest fresh ingredients, does it? Thank you for participating in Two for Tuesday.

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  18. Hi Foy and welcome to the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! I love it when new bloggers join the hop because I get to check out their spaces and recipes! I am now following your blog! Salsa made at home is one of the extreme joys of summer! Thanks so much for sharing this and I hope to see you every week! Alex@amoderatelife

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  19. I love salsa of every kind. You're right about it disappearing before you can do anything with it though. Yours looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I love tomatoes, and salsa is a great way to enjoy them. Your pictures are great!

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  21. I adore salsa. I love tomatoes and grow them every summer. Some of them end up in salsas of all kinds. I scoop it with Rice Works chips. My latest favorite. You are making me so hungry.

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  22. Loved this recipe its so easy and fast to prepare..Most imp I need very less ingredients..
    Thanks for sharing

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  23. Tomatoes were made for salsa! I love love love it! Thanks for linking this to Two for Tuesdays!

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  24. That looks really good, I love fresh salsa, I am bookmarking it, will make it soon.

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  25. That salsa looks so fresh and delicious! I like spicy salsa, so I'd probably add hot sauce or hot pepper powder to my salsa. Thanks for the easy to prepare recipe.

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