When Life Hands you Tomatoes, Make Salsa!

by Meri on June 22, 2014


Ok…I know you’d think in my American-Italian ways I’d say sauce instead of salsa but it’s hot outside and the men of this household, well…one man and one small boy, are eating a jar of salsa every couple of days. So salsa it is!

My father in law decided to plant 4 small tomato plants on this tiny stretch of dirt next to his house and they are taking off like mad. He keeps bringing me bags of them so I needed to find a way to use them up quickly. I’ve never made salsa before so decided to piece together a few different recipes I found online. I love the idea of roasting all the veggies first but also love fresh cilantro and lime. So here is what I came up with…fabulous! It’s amazing how much flavor you get from making salsa from scratch…and simple!

Roasted Salsa

Fresh roasted salsa

  1. 10 small tomatoes (that’s what I had on hand)
  2. 1 small sweet onion, quartered
  3. 1 jalapeño
  4. juice of 2 limes
  5. 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  6. Salt to taste
  7. 1/3rd cup chopped cilantro
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and garlic cloves on roasting pan and cook for about 6 minutes. It’s ok if they start to brown.
  3. Take vegetables out of the oven and let them cool.
  4. Add all the vegetables, lime juice and vinegar to a food processor and coarsely chop.
  5. Pour into bowl and add the cilantro and salt to taste.
  6. Serve!
  1. This works fine in a blender! My husband put my food processor in a mystery spot that I couldn’t find so used the blender on this round!
Adapted from Jeff Mauro
Adapted from Jeff Mauro
3 Tomatoes http://3tomatoes.net/

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