What to do with an overabundance of tomatoes? This year the tomatoes have been so sweet and delicious we have been buying them in mass amounts at the farmers’ market. Than…all these beautiful peppers made an appearance. It is salsa time!! I love fresh salsa! The taste and texture are by far better than anything you can get out of a jar. It can be personalized to your tastes as you go.
All of the ingredients, with the exception of the limes, can be found at the farmers’ market. While you are enjoying a delicious snack you are supporting local farmers as well!
As the vegetables get chopped, into a large mixing bowl they go. Start by chopping six large tomatoes along with six tomatillos. Next two medium red onions, along with one yellow and one orange sweet pepper. A rough chop is not only allowed, but preferred. This is a fresh, rustic salsa.
Next, rough chop one large bunch of cilantro and toss it in the bowl. The zest and juice of three limes get added into the bowl at this point too. Give everything a good stir.
Very finely mince three large cloves of garlic, one poblano pepper, two jalapeno peppers, one red chili, and two cherry peppers. Add them to the bowl and give another good stir to mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
You can use a food processor or even a blender to chop the ingredients if you prefer. I find all the chopping relaxinf so I do it all by hand.
If you are feeling more creative, there are other ingredients you can mix in. I like to start with the basic salsa and add to it as we use it. You can mix in fresh or roasted corn, black beans, diced avocado, really the possibilities are endless.
Don’t just enjoy this salsa with chips. It is also excellent served over chicken, fish, steak, or pork. Mixed with some dairy-free cream cheese it makes a great dip. A friend told me she likes to mix salsa into her chili.
For storage, I pour the salsa into mason jars. This recipe fills three quart size mason jars nicely. Stored in the fridge you can enjoy for one to two weeks. That is, if it lasts that long!