One of the most delicious and easiest things to make. It can be made anytime of year, but summer is best when tomatoes and chilis are in season. If you are feeling a little on the sweeter side, you can also add a bit of peach, nectarine, or pineapple to this salsa. Mmm
Ideally you own a food processor as it takes all of 5 minutes to make this if you do. If not you can always chop by hand, but add another 10 minutes to the process.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar (optional but it adds a nice zing)
1 lime juiced
2 cups chopped tomatoes (heirlooms, roma, cherry, or grape all work)
1 jalapeño (seeds and white removed)
1 cup cilantro chopped
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional fruit - 1 cup chopped peach, nectarine, or pineapple for a touch of sweetness
Optional spices- 1 teaspoon of cumin OR chili powder or Offbeat Gourmet chipotle spice rub
Optional heat - Several glugs of your favorite hot sauce, or Offbeat gourmet hot sauce
Food processor is the easiest way, but there is is a way to do it and a way not to do it. If you do it wrong way you will end up with salsa soup. You need to add things in a certain order. Follow the steps below to salsa enlightenment.
1. Add lime juice, oil, vinegar, onion, jalapeño and garlic - Pulse until onions are in about 1/2 in chunks.
2. Add tomatoes (and fruit if going that route). Quarter the tomatoes and fruit before adding. The food processor will do the rest. Pulse in short 3 second bursts. Do not hold it down. When the salsa looks just a little too course to be perfect proceed to step 3.
3. Add cilantro, salt, pepper, and hot sauce if you chose that optional ingredient. Pulse a few more times to mix and so the salsa is the perfect consistent. Serve and enjoy.
If you do not have a food processor, chop all your ingredients by hand to an idea salsa size. Add to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Taste: It may need a bit more salt, a bit more lime, a bit more vinegar to be just right.