Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Garden Fresh Salsa

     It's time for yet another one of my favorite recipes containing produce fresh from the garden...salsa!  Ever since I started making this version a few years ago, and realizing how incredibly simple it is, I have not bought jarred salsa from the store since.  It can even be made all year long with produce from the supermarket when those cravings strike.  My version, which is actually more like a pico de gallo, is rather chunky and extremely versatile.  I have used it as a topping for quesadillas, a stuffing in burritos, on top of tacos, stirred into rice, and of course alongside of tortilla chips for dipping.  I invite you to raid your garden and check out my recipe below to see how easy it is for yourself.  Also see the list of add-ins to increase the yummy factor!  Feel free to leave suggestions if you have any other creative add-in or recipe ideas.

4 tomatoes
1 poblano pepper
1 red onion
A handful of fresh cilantro **
Juice and zest of 1 lime **

Optional Add-Ins:
Black Beans
Jalapenos (try them roasted for a boost of flavor!)

Chop the tomatoes, poblano pepper, and onion and place into a plastic food storage container (make sure it has a lid with it).  Roughly chop the cilantro and add to the mixture along with box the zest and juice of the lime.  Add in any of the additional ingredients you like.  Place the lid on the container and give it a few good shakes to really mix up the flavors and create some juice.  Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.

**The fresh cilantro and lime can be replaced with 2-3 frozen cilantro cubes if they are not available (see how to make them here).

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