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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Garden Fresh Salsa

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Garden Fresh Salsa



I made this salsa the other day, and it got my husband and I talking.  He said this was the first salsa he learned how to make during his summer in Colorado, 12 years ago.  I remember that summer after he came back from Colorado us running all over Madison looking for a Smart Chopper so we could make this salsa.  We got boxes of fresh tomatoes from the farmers market and made a ton of this stuff.  Might not seem all that strange now, but when you look back to where we were at that time.  I was 20, and going to college 2 hours away from where future husband was going to college.  I can't remember what we did with all the salsa, I just remember making it!

Well if we are still making it today, that has to mean it is good, right?  It is similar to what you would get at a good Mexican Restaurant.  It is fresh, and delicious! Until we moved to Iowa we used to grow everything we needed to make this salsa in our garden.

Garden Fresh Salsa
Printable Recipe

2 or 3 medium size tomatoes (I like Roma's)
1/4 med size onion
4 sprigs cilantro
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp garlic salt
2 Tbls lemon juice
1 jalapeno

Use a food processor to mix everything but the tomatoes.  Get it to a nice fine consistency.  Add in tomatoes, and pulse a couple times.  Leave slightly chunky.

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35 Comments:

At September 7, 2011 at 6:30 AM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

Great idea to use a food processor. I made salsa once and we boiled the tomatoes, peeled the skin, mashed them, etc. It was a lot of work but homemade salsa is definitely worth the effort. This sounds perfect and simple. I love fresh cilantro in salsa...it's a must-have for me!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 7:09 AM , Blogger The Slow Roasted Italian said...

This sounds and looks delicious. I love garden fresh salsa!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Looks delicious. I love how food brings on such memories of our past.

 
At September 7, 2011 at 8:11 AM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Cute little story :) And it MUST be great salsa! Can't wait to try it . Buzzed!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 8:16 AM , Blogger Tina said...

Salsa is a staple around here, it is always in our fridge. Your salsa does look amazing with all those big chunks of tomatoes, fresh and homemade cannot be beat.

 
At September 7, 2011 at 8:17 AM , Anonymous Pretend Chef said...

Nothing compares to homemade salsa. This looks delicious and is so simple to make. Would love to give this a try.

 
At September 7, 2011 at 8:34 AM , Anonymous Nicki said...

Looking delicious as always! Thanks for the reminder on this staple.

 
At September 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Anonymous Chrissy said...

This looks so good! I dont know why I never thought to use to food processor...genius!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

What a cute story about you and your hubby! This salsa looks yummy! When I worked at a mexican place we used to use the food processor too. Used to spend hours making salsa...

 
At September 7, 2011 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) said...

I love that you used a processor! Great idea. Salsa is the best, and can be made in so many different ways! I make it different every time.. :)

 
At September 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Great recipe, Erin! We love salsa, but I can't believe I have never made it homemade! Love how easy this is to throw together in the food processor!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 1:33 PM , Blogger The Kitchen Noob said...

Homemade salsa is the best and so easy to whip up. You'll never want to buy that processed junk out of a jar again!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 1:43 PM , Blogger Laura said...

Fresh, homemade salsa is one of the bestest things in the world. This one looks great!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 2:06 PM , Blogger briarrose said...

Nothing like a recipe that stands the test of time. :)

 
At September 7, 2011 at 2:41 PM , Anonymous kristy said...

I love a good fresh salsa! And this one seems to stand the test of time. Great memories!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Peggy said...

This salsa sounds so good! And I love that you used ingredients from your garden =)

 
At September 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM , Blogger Megan said...

I like that you ran all over Madison looking for your chopper! I can always use a new salsa recipe and I like the addition of lemon juice.

 
At September 7, 2011 at 5:08 PM , OpenID sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

I love that you've been making this salsa recipe for so long, that's too cool. Sounds delicious!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Ann said...

I love salsa...one of the greatest mixy-choppy dishes ever!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 8:18 PM , Anonymous Tiffany said...

Ooooo, garlic salt! Nice touch! :D

 
At September 7, 2011 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Taylor said...

I love how food brings back nostalgic memories! This salsa looks awesome...I've been thinking about making a huge batch and canning it, so I'm definitely saving this recipe.

 
At September 7, 2011 at 10:31 PM , Anonymous Baking Serendipity said...

My grandpa makes the best homemade salsa. I always look forward to trips home to devour it :) Yours looks awesome too. Will definitely have to use this recipe to start making my own already!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 10:51 PM , Anonymous Manu said...

I love salsa! This looks perfect! This recipe is definitely a keeper for me! Thank you so much for sharing it (and your memories behind it too)!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 11:35 PM , Anonymous redkathy said...

Fresh salsa is the best ever! I like to add green chilis sometimes too, yum!

 
At September 7, 2011 at 11:40 PM , Anonymous CouponClippingCook said...

I like to use Roma tomatoes too for this type of dish. Love how simple this is and how delicious it looks.

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:21 AM , Anonymous Joanne said...

How funny that you posted this, I just bought the ingredients to make a salsa but didn't have a recipe in mind. I will definitely be trying yours! Thanks Erin!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM , Blogger The Daily Dish said...

This looks *so good* !!

I love love love salsa, esp. fruit salsas. Must be my sweet tooth. There's something magical about the synergy between fruit + onion + garlic + cilantro + lime juice. Mmmm. Love it!

I also love your sweet story. What a happy ending. :)

 
At September 8, 2011 at 9:51 AM , Anonymous PolaM said...

I made a similar salsa just before leaving and I loved it! surprising how easy it was!

 
At September 8, 2011 at 7:50 PM , Anonymous Eileen said...

My hubby is a big salsa fan. I'm saving this recipe to make him some. Nothing beats fresh!

 
At September 9, 2011 at 3:34 AM , Blogger Apron Appeal said...

Salsa and chips used to be my husband and mine (is that grammatically correct? it sounds awkward -oh well) we used to eat it after our kids were in bed. Then we moved and we haven't been able to find a salsa that we loved like the one we could get in michigan at the deli. I'd be happy to reinstate the tradition if I could find a worthy replacement....can't wait to find out (however I've noticed that salsa is usually better when someone else makes it.)

 
At September 9, 2011 at 7:10 AM , OpenID backroadjournal said...

I have so many tomatoes and jalapeƱos growing in my garden. I think I'll make something Mexican and serve your salsa.

 
At September 9, 2011 at 3:25 PM , Blogger Eating Deliciously said...

What a sweet memory!

 
At September 10, 2011 at 8:09 PM , Anonymous kita said...

Lol, that smart chopper gets me every time. It locks in the onion vapors and I forget then Im all covered in my own tears... Im such a sucker ;) This salsa sounds great - I can never pass up a good salsa - filling up on it long before dinner is even near the table!

 
At September 13, 2011 at 12:16 AM , OpenID rosemarried said...

So simple, fresh, and fabulous! I love it.

 
At September 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM , Anonymous Joanne said...

I made this yesterday for my husband and I. It seriously came together in 2 minutes, it was great. Mine was a little too liquidy (I think I overprocessed) but I just strained out the excess liquid. Thanks Erin!

 

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