Summer is officially over. As excited as I am about a Salted Caramel Mocha (not the PSL), I’m going to hang onto the idea of fresh fruits and vegetables as much as humanly possible for another few weeks. These last few weeks we’ve been using fresh herbs and tomatoes in as many meals as possible. I mixed together a new fresh salsa recipe. We’ve had it a few times now and I HAVE to share it with you.
I’ll be honest, as much as many people want Fall to hit the weather has other plans. It is 90 degrees outside so it feels like a great weekend for some Summer food including fresh salsa.
Fresh or Canned Tomatoes?
Over Labor Day weekend my mom and I set out to can a bushel of tomatoes. She showed me the tricks of the trade and we came up with 14 quarts and 4 pints of tomatoes. I think it is safe to say that we’re set for awhile. We followed this tutorial and it only took us 3-4 hours total. My list of things to can is now a mile long but for now I’m going to enjoy using the tomatoes.
Typically speaking I cook with tomatoes in a can from the store. I’m pretty excited for the next few months (18 months to be exact) to be able to cook with tomatoes soaked in just lemon juice. Less salt, less preservatives and I know exactly where the tomatoes came from. Well sort of.
Fresh Salsa Recipe
Over the Summer months I typically make Salsa once or twice. A friend gave me some ideas a few years ago on how to put together a basic fresh salsa recipe. From there I’ve switched it up and added various ingredients. We will have it for taco night, a summer party or just to snack on in the evenings. As delicious as fresh salsa is, you definitely have to buy good chips to go with it.
I’ve tweaked it here and there but this Summer is by far my favorite version. My husband’s Uncle gave us some fresh herbs and chili peppers from his garden at the end of August. The peppers were the PERFECT addition to the fresh salsa recipe. They added a little bit of spice, but not too much. For a lighter flavor leave out a pepper or two.
It only takes a few minutes and is great for taco night, dinner with friends or a snack to go with your evening margarita.
Do you buy salsa or make it?
What is your favorite summer snack?
What’s your opinion? Spicy or Not Spicy?