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   There comes a time every summer when the tomatoes and the peppers are plentiful in the garden.  That can mean only one thing…it’s time to make some fresh salsa!  If you’ve never tried making salsa at home, you are missing out on one of the tastiest ways to consume fresh vegetables.  Lucky for the culinary-challenged individuals, there really is no way to mess this one up.  You can modify the ingredients based on what you love or based on what you have on hand.  I don’t think I’ve ever made it the same way twice, but it’s been delicious every time!  You can even “adjust the heat” to accomodate the spicy friends or those that prefer to play it safe with a mild version.  I usually add the hot pepper last after I have reserved some mild salsa for the kids.

salsa ingredients

       As I mentioned, I’ve never made this the same way twice, but one thing that stays consistent is that I always use some vareity of tomato, pepper, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.  I’ve used romas, heirloom tomatoes and beefsteaks.  I’ve used every shape and color of pepper imaginable.

tomatillo

Sometimes I add a tomatillo.  In fact, adding the tomatillo has been such a hit, I started growing them this year in my Tower Garden.  Sometimes I go heavy on the tomato, othertimes I get a little onion or pepper happy.  Again, fear not…this is your salsa so make it how you like it! But here is a guideline/recipe to get you started.

 

 

 

Garden Fresh Salsa
Serves 32
An incredibly fresh salsa that will make you start planning your meals around the goal of consuming more salsa.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
8 calories
2 g
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0 g
28 g
7 g
1 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
28g
Servings
32
Amount Per Serving
Calories 8
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 7mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
19%
Calcium
0%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 large tomatoes, chopped
  2. Half a white or yellow onion, chopped
  3. 1 bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1 tomatillo, chopped (optional)
  5. 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  6. 2 hot peppers, chopped (optional)
  7. Half a bunch of cilantro, chopped
  8. Juice from half a lime
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl. Adjust the flavor to your liking and enjoy!
  2. Save any leftovers in a mason jar in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. I use a hand chopper to chop the tomatoes, onion, peppers, tomatillo, garlic and cilantro.
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protein
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