It’s finally backyard tomato season and I couldn’t be more excited. Sweet, juicy, meaty – backyard tomatoes smell like sun and taste like summer. I anxiously await their arrival each and every year because grocery store tomatoes just don’t compare.
Of course, fresh garden tomatoes mean salsa. Lots of it. Sometimes I simply make a big bowl of salsa, grab a pile of corn chips, and call it dinner. I can eat fresh tomato salsa until I burst. As far as taste goes, you can’t get much fresher than this. And it’s dead simple to throw together!
I keep my salsa pretty simple: tomatoes, red onions, jalapeño peppers, parsley/cilantro, lime juice, and sea salt. That’s it! And you don’t need to measure either. Just go according to taste. As long as there seems to be a bit of everything in each bite once you mix it all up, you’re right on the money. If it’s your first time making it and you really like measurements, I find this is a good-size snack bowl for two people:
- 2 very large or 6-8 small tomatoes
- small red onion (or half of a large one)
- half a jalapeño pepper (you can use a whole one for more spice if you like)
- juice of 2/3 of a lime
- 1/2 tsp of sea salt
- 1/2 cup of chopped parsley or cilantro
Chop everything up into small pieces, mix together, and let sit for about 20 mins before serving (it gets tastier when it sits a little so the flavours can get to know each other and mix and mingle a bit). You can also get all sorts of fancy with the recipe, adding sweet peppers, fresh pineapple, peaches, other herbs, and a myriad other ingredients. Do a quick search for fresh salsa on Pinterest to get an idea.