Garden Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipe
A delicious and simple salsa recipe that can be made from the harvest of your home garden.
Fewer and fewer Americans own and live on a farm, but growing your own produce is still a viable, fun, economical and responsible way to supplement your trips to the grocery store. Additionally, gardening is an excellent form of exercise. It’s a natural form of yoga and calisthenics that gives you delicious food at the end!
People grow their own food for a variety of reasons: to save money, to avoid herbicides and pesticides, to obtain fresher tasting produce, to get better nutrition or to lessen their carbon footprint. At the end of the day though, a garden is, and historically has always been about, eating.
One of the easiest and most rewarding uses of a New England garden is a simple, fresh, homemade salsa. Salsa is great to make from your garden as all the ingredients involved are easy to grow, it can be jarred and enjoyed for days to come (4-6 days), and it is actually pretty good for you! This salsa recipe is simple, delicious and sure to impress everyone at your next party. For more info on growing your own vegetable garden at home be sure to read the our tutorial at www.koopmanblog.com/planting-a-vegetable-garden. For a wealth of information on home gardening and more visit www.koopmanblog.com/category/outdoor-living.
Prep time: Approx. 6 minutes
Yields: 3 to 4 cups of salsa
- 2-3 medium fresh tomatoes (1-1½ lbs), stems removed
- ½ red onion
- 2 serrano chiles or 1 jalapeño chile (stems, ribs, seeds removed), less or more to taste
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Pinch of dried oregano (crumble in your fingers before adding), more to taste
- Pinch of ground cumin, more to taste
- Start by roughly chopping the tomatoes, chiles, and onions. Be very careful while handling the chile peppers. Be careful handling fresh hot peppers as the oils will stick to your hands. You may use disposable gloves or hold the peppers with a plastic sandwich bag. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after handling and avoid touching your eyes for several hours. Make sure to set aside some of the seeds from the peppers. If the sale isn’t hot you can add a few seeds for some more heat.
- Place all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse just enough to finely dice the ingredients, but not so much that the mixture becomes a purée. If you don’t have a food processor don’t worry! You can finely dice your ingredients by hand and get great results.
- Place in your salsa in a serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you find the chilies make the salsa too hot, add some more chopped tomato. If not hot enough, carefully add a few of the seeds of the chilies, or add a little more ground cumin.
- Let the salsa site for an hour so the flavors can combine. Enjoy!
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin