I try to utilize fresh ingredients as often as I can. One of my favorite ways to use fresh ingredients is in salsa. Salsa that is bright and colorful is so much more appetizing. It is a recipe that can easily be adjusted to fit all taste buds, whether you enjoy a very mild or spicy hot flavor. 🌶
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I started by washing the tomatoes and cutting each one into quarters. I use whatever tomatoes I have on hand and I don’t remove the seeds. However, Roma tomatoes are the prefered tomato for salsa as they have a low moisture content.
Next, I added a red onion, jalapeno pepper, 2 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin. If you don’t like a lot of heat remove the white pith and seeds from the jalapenos. Most of the capsaicin is located in this membrane surrounding the seeds, making it the hottest part of the pepper. Leave the seeds and white pith if you like the extra heat.
I added a handful of cilantro and half of an avocado. I squeezed in the juice of half a lemon. While I do prefer lime juice for salsa… I didn’t have any on hand and lemons make an almost equal substitution.
In a food processor, I pulsed all of the ingredients together until the salsa reached a desired consistency.
This restaurant style salsa makes a tasty dip for tortilla chips.
Using fresh tomatoes does make this salsa have a somewhat “watery” consistency, but I prefer it like this. If you don’t want your salsa to have a lot of extra liquid you can use canned roma tomatoes in place of fresh tomatoes. Also, roasting the tomatoes first can have a beneficial flavor addition to the salsa. I plan to update again after I give this a try!
Quick and Easy Fresh Salsa
- 4 Tomatoes medium sized
- 1 Red Onion medium sized
- 1 – 2 Jalapeno Peppers
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 tbsp Lime Juice can sub lemon
- 1 – 2 handful(s) Fresh Cilantro
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Cumin
- Wash all produce.
- Slice tomatoes into quarters. Add to food processor.
- Peel red onion and cut into chunks. Add to food processor.
- Cut stems off jalapenos and discard. For a more mild salsa remove the seeds and white pith from the jalapenos. Or keep the seeds and pith for a hotter salsa. Add to food processor.
- Peel 2 cloves of garlic and add to food processor.
- Add juice of half a lime (or lemon).
- Add a handful of cilantro and half of an avocado.
- Add salt, pepper, and cumin.
- Pulse until a desired consistency is reached.
- Serve and enjoy!
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