Homemade salsa is an excellent way to supercharge your body with essential nutrients while tantalizing your taste buds. Use this handy, super flexible salsa recipe to take advantage of that fresh, summer produce while it is still available. Whether it is from your own garden, a local farmers market, or even your hometown grocer, indulge in the full flavors of summertime goodness by making this restaurant quality salsa.
- 3 to 5 ripe medium tomatoes
- 1 small to medium mild onion
- 1 to 2 clove(s) of garlic, or 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 sweet bell pepper (I used green)
- 1 to 2 medium peppers, such as banana
- 1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce or 1 fresh jalapeno pepper (optional)
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, add more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
- Rinse, core and quarter tomatoes and peppers.
- Peel, rinse and quarter onion and garlic.
- Roughly chop cilantro.
- Toss only 1 tomato and all peppers, onion, garlic, cilantro, limejuice and spices into a blender or food processer. Blend or process until the veggies are finely chopped and the tomato is puréed.
- Add the rest of the tomato quarters and blend or process in bursts until you reach the texture you desire, more for a smoother salsa and less for a chunkier salsa.
This salsa is a quick, effortless way to jazz up any meal. It can be used as an appetizer, side, topping or marinade. This is a big hit at parties, picnics or potlucks. Of course it goes perfectly with any Mexican inspired dish. It pairs well with multigrain or blue corn tortilla chips, and I often serve it alongside my Cilantro Lime Guacamole.
In addition to being a delicious dish, this salsa features a ton of amazing health benefits. Tomatoes alone provide fiber, potassium, thiamin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, as well as vitamins A, C, K and B6. Green bell peppers round out the vitamin list with vitamin E. Fresh squeezed lime juice contains antioxidants and cancer-fighting properties, while garlic is known to act as a natural antibacterial and antiviral. All of these health benefits equal lowering your risk for certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Enjoy this summer sweetness soon, before it’s too late!! Comment below and share your favorite summer salsa recipe ingredients.