A huge food fan favorite out there is restaurant style salsa. I have been making this EASY salsa for several years, and this past weekend I got the opportunity to make it with pretty much all freshly picked vegetables from my very first vegetable garden! You can do this with vegetables easily found at the grocery store or your local farmers market.
Gorgeous goodness tomatoes of varying kinds, jalapeno pepper, Cajun belle peppers, cayenne peppers, habanero peppers, cilantro, limes, kosher salt, garlic and cumin!
Cumin, Kosher Salt, garlic cloves, zest of one lime and the juice of 2 go into the food processor and pulse to chop.
Start adding in the tomatoes. I first add in quartered tomatoes, seeds and all. After about half way through, I start removing the seeds so the salsa doesn’t get watered down. You want some juice in there, but you don’t want the salsa to be overly watery. And there you go! Salsa!
Restaurant quality healthy salsa in a few minutes, knowing that this is healthy and delicious.
Servings: This is a big recipe, big enough for a party of 8 – 10, you can always double or cut it in half. If doubled you will probably have to do two sets in the food processor, make one amount, dump in a large container or bowl, do the other, dump, then stir!!
- Cumin – I LOVE cumin (bet you never thought you’d see a person type that) so I pretty much coat the bottom of the food processor with it. You can add as much or as little to taste, but you do need a few hearty shakes of the spice at minimum
- Kosher Salt (is the best salt) – I give the box a few decent shakes in the food processor, probably comes out to be half to whole teaspoon give or take. You don’t want the salt to over power the salsa (and you want to keep it healthy) so again, this can be to your taste and needs
- Garlic Cloves – I used 6 decent sized ones, being a garlic-y kinda person…I think 3 – 6 cloves are sufficient, again to taste
- Limes! Zest of a full lime and juice of two. You can always add more, especially if you find you make the salsa too hot. Citrus defuses heat!
- 1 Cilantro Bushel, loosely chopped
- Peppers approximately 6 – this is completely your call all depending on the HEAT of the salsa you want. If you want a mild salsa stick to green, red and yellow belle peppers (the basic big kind). As you want more heat and fire you can add in crazier peppers…probably safe to start with a seeded jalapeno and so on. If you seed the peppers they are less hot, leaving seeds in make them hotter!! I learned this the hard way. WARNING! If you are handling HOT peppers like jalapenos, cayenne’s and habaneros – WEAR GLOVES! These various peppers leave oils on your skin that can irritate and burn things like your nose, eyes and facial skin. Please be careful. If you do not have gloves, try to minimize contact (especially with the seeds) and wash your hands thoroughly and repeatedly. Phew PSA is over.
- Tomatoes – I used 5 good-sized vine ripened tomatoes and about 3 cups of cherry tomatoes. You can add as many or as little as you would like. Keep in mind, the acidity in tomatoes dials down the heat in in the peppers. So if you do a taste test along the way and you are like OMG that is too f-ing hot, add more tomatoes or you can even toss in a can of organic tomatoes whole or diced tomatoes from your pantry if you’ve run out
- Add your spices and lime juice to your liking in your food processor or a blender with a pulse function – then pulse so the garlic is roughly chopped
- Add your loosely chopped cilantro bunch and pulse again
- Make sure the stems of your peppers are cut off, quarter them, seed to your liking, toss in and you know it, pulse!
- Add about half of your tomatoes (with tops cut off)…pulse!!
- Seed the other half, throw in and pulse some more.
- Give the recipe a taste with a clean spoon or chip – if you feel like it needs anymore of the above, add more and keep on pulsing
- Feel free to pulse until you receive the consistency of your preference
There you go friends! Healthy restaurant style salsa at your finger tips. So grab your favorite chips and enjoy!
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