Thursday, April 8, 2010

My Go-to Salsa Recipe

This is a very simple recipe but I thought I'd post it since most people don't make their own salsa and opt for a readymade one.  It's super easy, cheap, and tastes fantastic.  I'm on a kick of wanting to make own sauces, rubs, salts, etc... especially those that will keep.  I'll have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what is going into them as well the convenience of having them on hand to throw together a quick and easy dinner on the barbie.  I have big plans this weekend to make homemade sweet chili sauce, barbeque sauce, nuoc cham, as well as an array of flavored salts.  I'll be sure to post my results, but in the meantime... enjoy this fresh and simple recipe.

Salsa Fresca


6 ripe tomatoes,
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 jalapenos, minced
small handful cilantro sprigs, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
3/4 tsp salt


Core and remove seeds from tomatoes.  Process to desired consistency, I like it a bit chunky.  Combine all ingredients, let them share their flavors for a bit, and enjoy.  Couldn't be easier.

This is just a starting point.  If you like it spicier, add more jalepeno.  If it's too tangy, use less lime juice.  Not a fan of cilantro?  Leave it out or add a different herb.  If you want more of a 'pico de gallo' texture, chop the tomatoes instead of processing them. 

Outside of this standard salsa, there are unlimied variations... usually involving fruits and/or vegetables, chili, and herbs.  Use uncooked ingredients for a light and fresh salsa or you can roast them if you want a rich, smoky flavor.  Play around!  What are your favorite renditions?


  1. I just found your site and think it's great. The pictures bring the dishes to life. Oh and I want my mom to get me one of those de-stemming gadgets!

  2. Making your own homemade salsa is infinitely better than buying the stuff in the jar. Good luck with the chilli this weekend. Look forward to that post. Who knows you might just inspire me to throw mine together. Exchange of recipes? Have a great day!

  3. Thanks Coley!!! I hope you enjoy it and you definitely need a one of those gadgets!

    Lazaro- I'll you know how the chili sauce goes and I'll exchange recipes anytime!



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