Friday, August 19, 2011

Easy Salsa Fresca (fresh tomato salsa)

The second weekend after we moved into our new house, I popped down to the local garden center to get some tomato plants. It was already early June - too late to start with seeds. But even getting the young plants, I wondered if we'd be waiting until September to see any fruit. (That's what happened to us last year in Massachusetts. In fact, we got our first frost before we harvested our first tomato!)

But, as we know, California's climate is much different than New England's. And so, the first week in August, our first little red beauties started to come in. I planted cherry tomatoes and 2 kinds of full-size varieties (Early Girl and Beefsteak) for a total of about 9 plants. There wasn't time to amend our garden area (it's so dry, it looks like the surface of the moon at this point!), but these plants have done very well in pots.

One of the first things my hubby requested was some fresh salsa - without onions. Yes, in addition to his lack of love for potatoes, he's not into onions either. Now, you might think that salsa without onions would be bland. But with a touch of garlic powder and some salt, the flavor pops right back up and you don't even miss the onions. Here's the recipe I came up with:
(Note: I just used a canning jar to store my salsa in the refrigerator. This is not a proven "canning-safe" recipe.)

Easy Salsa Fresca (fresh tomato salsa)
(Makes about 2 cups)

5-6 medium-sized ripe red tomatoes, diced
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, minced (seeds and all)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a non-metallic bowl. Stir well to help dissolve salt and garlic powder. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving to let flavors meld.

So good - you'll have a hard time going back to store-bought!

1 comment:

Tangled Noodle said...

Thanks for sharing this great non-onion salsa fresca! My husband was hankering for some salsa the other night and I bought a bottled version. Two thumbs down! So I've promised him that I'll make it fresh next time. 8-)