Whip It Up Wed: Homemade Salsa

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With the garden producing oodles of produce and herbs, it is time to start making salsa!!!

I have waited all year for this magnificent goodness!!!  I can't wait to eat this by the case load.  Salsa is good for you--it's the vehicle for the salsa I have a love/hate relationship with.... tortilla chips!

Ingredients:

3 Cups tomatoes, preferably fresh
1 jalapeno pepper
1 onion
1/2 bunch of cilantro, about 2-3 T chopped
1 bud of garlic
1 Lime( maybe more)
Salt to taste

Place the seeded jalapeno, onion and garlic into the food processor. If you do not have a food processor run out and buy one, it is a must have for your kitchen artillery! Pulse the ingredients till finely chopped.  Remove the onion mixture from the processor and place in a bowl. Now add your tomatoes. I do about 1 cup at a time and i like to cut the tomatoes in half before. Add the cilantro. Pulse the tomatoes and cilantro to the desired consistency of your salsa. Add the tomatoes to the onion mixture. Juice the fresh lime straight into the salsa add salt to taste and VOILA!

 

A few variation to try that are equally as tasty.

Variation #1  Roast your veggies first. For this method place all ingredients except cilantro on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt. Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 15-30 minutes until the skins of your veggies begin to pop open. Proceed with the recipe above.

Variation #2  Add a  mango to the salsa after it is finished. If I am adding fruit I usually opt for chunkier salsa, so less time in the processor!

Serve your fresh salsa with grilled veggie Quesadilla, fish tacos or just dig in with a bag of chips:)

Enjoy!