This might seem like a no-brainer to a lot of folks, but I come across people all the time who ask me for the simplest of recipes. Some people are more comfortable making something that is tried and true (by someone else) before jumping in themselves. Personally, I love to improvise in the kitchen! Growing up my mom had her signature dishes–beef stroganoff, chili, bacon wrapped chicken–and never followed a recipe. She knew the ingredients from memory and adjusted them based on what was available. It always amazed me how she’d whip things up with what she had in the kitchen, and while she always had an end result in mind, the journey of making the meal was a little different each time. I’ve grown so comfortable with improvising in fact that when I first started blogging, it took me a while to get in the groove of actually measuring ingredients and then writing them down. Now I’ve got my trusty little notebook that lives on my kitchen counter, ready at a moment’s notice to record whatever creation I come up with.
I like to cheat when I make salsa and put most of the ingredients in the food processor. Obviously the tomatoes do not do well in a food processor, so those will need to be diced by hand, but literally everything else can just have a whiz in the processor for a few seconds and you’ll save TONS of time. Unless you’re into chopping, then by all means, chop away! With a very active 1 year old, I am into whatever takes me the least amount of time these days.
This salsa was made entirely with veggies from our CSA from Square Roots Farm. You’ve heard me talk about them before; they’re great and you should check ’em out. They have a Fall CSA share also, which I am seriously considering…they’re veggies are just so dang good!
So let’s bid farewell to those delicious summer veggies by using them to create a delicious, healthy, simple salsa!
Simple Summer Salsa
- 4 large ripe tomatoes (about 1 pound or 2 cups), cored and diced
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 cayenne pepper, ribs and seeds removed
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- large pinch of Kosher salt
- pinch of fresh cracked pepper
- pinch of cumin
- squeeze of lime juice (optional)
- tortilla chips for serving
Add onion, cayenne, garlic, cilantro, salt, pepper, cumin and lime juice to a food processer. Pulse until minced, scraping down the sides as need. Add minced veggies to diced tomatoes and stir to combine. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!
If you’re feeling crazy, add mango or pineapple to your salsa too! It’ll had a hint of unexpected sweetness.