Fresh Salsa Day
I don’t know what it is about fresh, homemade salsa (or pico de gallo) but it screams…Summer! Well, today is the day, the day I wait for all year round when the tomatoes are juicy and sweet, the jalapenos are spicy, and the onions (or in this case shallots) are ready to come together in one harmonious masterpiece. It’s fresh salsa day in our house. Normally I make a run to the store to pick up anything I’m missing, such as fresh limes, cilantro (as mine didn’t make it this year) or red bell peppers (mine are all green this year), but this time I couldn’t wait so I improvised. There are about a thousand and a half different ways to make salsa and I have posted some fun salsa recipes below. However for the salsa I made, since it was a small batch, I just guessed and added a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
I started with 3 ripe big tomatoes and about 10 small cherry tomatoes, some chopped and others more of a small dice. When it comes to salsa, I really like small pieces that are evenly chopped and it’s easy to scoop and get the “perfect bite” every time. I also find chopping vegetables to be quite therapeutic. I don’t know why, but when you have a sharp knife and garden fresh veggies, there’s just something about it that relaxes my mind. Then I chopped 4-5 shallots, again, in a small dice. My husband and I like onions so I did about a 1:1 ratio of tomato to onions. Then I added one finely diced fresh jalapeno, 1 large green bell pepper, and 4 cloves of diced garlic. One tablespoon of white vinegar (you can add a little more or less to taste), a couple squeezes of fresh lem
on juice (that’s all I had on hand, normally I use lime juice), a half to one teaspoon salt depending on taste, and a quarter teaspoon ground black pepper. Normally I would chop up a healthy bunch of fresh cilantro to add to it, but unfortunately our salsa was cilantro-less this time around. Mix everything together in a medium sized bowl, and let sit for an hour or more to let the flavors blend. And there you have it, fresh, tasty, and oh-so addicting salsa.
I will warn you, you should always have at least one fresh bag of tortilla chips on hand when you make salsa…if not, you might wind up raiding your MIL’s pantry! I hope you enjoy this salsa recipe and the others that I have shared below.