June 29, 2012

Salsa Fresca

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On the other side of the country where my in-laws live, there's a little grocery store with THE BEST salsa fresca (also called pico de gallo). I'm talking scoop it in by the spoonful good! I'm not sure what their secret is, and I admit on numerous occasions I've envisioned breaking in to their kitchens just to catch a glimpse of the recipe. Well, since we moved far away (and probably for the best out of break-in reach) it was a no brainer that I had to try and recreate it in our own kitchen. Luckily, this comes pretty darn close!! In fact... my husband actually said it was better (whoa!)

You can enjoy salsa fresca as an appetizer with chips, on Mexican cuisine (tacos, burritos, nachos, tostadas), and I love it on scrambled tofu and breakfast burritos. The measurements below are mostly a guideline - you can increase or decrease individual ingredients to suit your taste. The salsa isn't spicy after removing the seeds and ribs from the jalapenos, but remember to be VERY careful when handling jalapenos or your hands may burn for hours afterwards. (I've learned this the hard way!) Wear gloves or handle them minimally after cutting and keep your hands away from your eyes until they're thoroughly washed.

For the tomato off-season, try this quick-n-easy restaurant-style salsa that we also love.

Vegan, gluten-free

4-5 ripe tomatoes
1/2 small onion
1 clove garlic
1-2 jalapeno peppers
6-10 sprigs fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Sea salt

Finely chop tomatoes and onion. Scoop out/remove seeds and ribs from jalapenos (using caution) and finely chop.
Mince garlic and chop cilantro.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss. Season well with salt.
Let chill for a few hours before enjoying.

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  1. What a beautiful post. Your photography is excellent and this makes a very good meal. I love this colourful salsa fresca.

  2. Looks perfect! Tomatoes should be available from my local farm next week and I am so excited! This is going on my summer list of recipes for sure! And I agree with Alida, your pictures are just stunning!

  3. I had totally forgotten about Salsa Fresca. Thank you for this post and reminder how delicious it is. Salsa Fresca is my favorite. I'll be incorporating this into my next Hsinru Social.