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basic summer salsa recipe

basic summer salsa recipe

Happy Friday to you, friends! How was your week? It’s been hot and humid here, much like the rest of the US – so much for that “dry heat” everyone claims for the desert. I’m not going to complain, because before I know it, winter will be upon us and I’ll be whining about the cold. And besides, there is no better time for a salsa recipe then a burning hot Friday, amIright? So the heat works out for us today!

Earlier in the summer, you may recall I told you all about our tomato bounty that seemed never ending. Since the heat kicked in the tomatoes croaked, but before that, I was making a mean salsa to share with anyone I could. This basic salsa is easy, refreshing, healthy and perfect for backyard BBQs, summer potlucks or gorging on during a lazy Sunday. Whatever floats your salsa boat, I say! This recipe is basic, but FULL of fresh, homegrown flavor. It’s easy to double, triple, quadruple, whatever you need. And it’s pretty hard to mess up. You like something with a little more kick? Add more jalapeno. More garlic? More cilantro? Go crazy! Joe is a more garlic and jalapeno, less cilantro kind of salsa guy, so I make him his own batch to inhale so he leaves my bowl of salsa perfection alone. HA! Alright, let’s get started…

Basic Summer Salsa

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 medium tomatoes, diced

¼ medium onion (can be yellow or red), diced small

4 garlic cloves, minced

3 TBSP cilantro, chopped

1 TBSP jalapeno, diced the smallest

2 tsp cumin

Juice from half a lime

Salt and pepper to taste

Makes 2 servings

Tip: I like to use a mezzaluna to chop up the cilantro and jalapeno. A mezzaluna is a curved blade knife, and it makes chopping clingy herbs or spicy peppers easier because you don’t have to touch them, and it gets them much smaller.

Here’s what you’ll do:

Chop and combine all your ingredients, leaving the cumin and salt until last. Once everything else is combined, add the spices to taste, using more or less to suit your preference. This is a medium intensity salsa, use less jalapeno for your mild mannered friends.  Easy as that!

Click the link below for the printable salsa recipe! Let me know if you try it and what you think. And have a great weekend!

basic summer salsa recipe printable


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