Laura and I visited the grocery store yesterday to pick up ingredients for the four new recipes I picked out for this go round. I have today’s recipe, which is a very nice tomato salsa, a breakfast pizza and two salads. I think they’re all good looking dishes and they’re all quite summery. With last week’s heat wave still lingering in my mind, I’m not sure I have the energy to prepare anything extravagant right now. This week’s recipes are simple and to the point.
I don’t discriminate when it comes to using salsa. I put it on pretty much anything, as long as it makes sense. When I found this recipe, I knew I was going to make it because it looked so good. I also knew I had lots of things to cover up with it. Just last night, I piled some up on top of some cod I made, which was just perfect. I also added some to our salads, which gave them some kick. The jalapeno pepper seems to do that to things.
The base of this salsa is nice ripe plum tomatoes. On top of that, there’s some red onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic, basil, parsley and a few other things. Overall, this is the perfect tomato salsa. I’m not really into hot peppers, but with this one being minced the way it is, the warmth blended right in and it wasn’t overwhelming. And to be honest, if I made this again, I’d add that jalapeno again. Like I said, it added some necessary punch.
Makes: About 5 Cups
1 1/2 Pounds Ripe Plum Tomatoes, Cut into 1/2 Inch Pieces
1/2 Cup Red Onion, Finely Chopped
1/8 Cup Fresh Parsley, Chopped
1/8 Cup Fresh Basil, Chopped
1 Large Jalapeno Pepper, Seeded and Minced
1 Teaspoon Garlic, Minced
2 Teaspoons Lime Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
I’d like to thank America’s Test Kitchen for this recipe. I pulled it from their The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook and it’s pretty awesome. It’s just so easy.
This recipe should take you about 30 seconds to put together. All you need to do is combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
After that, mix them together well and let the combination sit for about ten minutes, so all the flavors meld together. My advice when it comes to the ingredients is to make sure the onion, garlic and jalapeno pepper are truly chopped fine enough. There are some powerful flavors in those vegetables and the smaller you can make each piece, the better.
The Final Tomato Salsa
See? That was pretty simple. That’s all there is to it. Use the salsa for whatever you want: salads, tacos, on top of fish like I did just last night. This is a good recipe that’s versatile as well. Use your imagination when it comes to ingredients to add. I may add some cilantro the next time I make this one. Also, if you decide to give this salsa a try, please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!