May 2, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Salsa

I swiped this recipe from the very talented Heather Bullard's blog. If our weather ever straightens out, there should be some beautiful tomatoes coming soon. With all of the warm weather we had an early planting season. Trouble for some is that then we've had lots of cold snaps in between. Hopefully you've been covering your tender veggies and you will have a bountiful crop.

Heirloom Tomato Salsa Fresca
2 lbs heirloom tomatoes, assorted varieties**
4 green onions
juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

Chop tomatoes into 1/2″ pieces. Cut the green and white part of the onions, into 1/4″ pieces. Add to a mixing bowl. Combine lime juice, jalapeño, garlic clove, cilantro, and salt. Pour in tomato sauce until it reaches your desired consistency. Less sauce will create a chunkier, pico de gallo style. I typically use 3/4 of the can.

Using an emersion blender, pulse salsa mixture about 6 times, making sure not to over blend. If you prefer to use a blender, add one cup of salsa mixture to blender and pulse a few times, return to mixing bowl and combine. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Transfer salsa to a serving bowl and top with a few leaves of fresh cilantro and a slice of lime.

**If you don’t have access to heirloom tomatoes, try using a variety of store-bought ones. Plum or Italian tomatoes, fresh on-the-vine tomatoes, and yellow cherry or grape tomatoes, are good choices. The variety is what makes this salsa special and gives it such beautiful color!

What varieties of tomatoes did you plant this year? Mine are not all Heirloom but I do chose ones that do well in our area. I've got Celebrity, Yellow Pear and Sweet Baby Girl.

If you are not familiar with Heather Bullard's blog, she is the editor of Souvenir Magazine. It's on my list of favorite shelter mags. It's by subscription only. Although it's online, the stories and the photographs are beautiful and captivating. Check it out. It's worth the small $3.95 fee.

This post was written by Mindi at Red Dog Barkery. Visit the Etsy shop for durable, yet fashionable goods, or the blog for bits that are sure to whet your appetite. 

1 comment:

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