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Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe

We love fresh salsa. It can add flavor to just about any meal. Have you tried it on scrambled eggs? Maybe you should. I am going to share my salsa recipe with you, and then I want you to tell me what you put your salsa on.

The base of the Salsa is tomatoes. Now, I am not a tomato person, so picking fresh tomatoes is so difficult for me.  I don’t know which are best for the season, or if it is not the season how are they going to taste. I like canned tomatoes as my base because it never changes the flavor of the salsa. So below is a picture of all the ingredients you will need to make my salsa.

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3 – 28 oz. cans Diced Tomatoes, drained
3 Cloves Garlic, diced
1 Onion, diced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and diced
3 Serrano Peppers, seeded and diced
1 can Ro-Tel diced Tomatoes with Chilies, drained
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro, Chopped

Place the tomatoes in a strainer and sprinkle them with some Kosher Salt (maybe 1/2 teaspoon). This helps the tomatoes render their liquids. Your salsa will not be so watery if you do this step.

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Allow this to sit while you chop the onions, garlic and peppers. I am not too particular about the size because I am going to process it in my food processor. If you aren’t, you can chop them a little finer.

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When they are all chopped add them to the salsa.

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Now you can stop here if you don’t have a food processor. My family does not like chunky salsa, so this is where I mix everything together and place in a food processor to grind. I must do this in waves. It usually takes about 4 waves to get the entire batch of salsa processed.

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As I do a batch, I place the part I have processed back into the strainer to drain some more. After it is all processed, let it sit in the strainer and begin to chop Cilantro.

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I use about half the batch of Cilantro. I pull the leaves off the stems. The stems can have a bitter taste, so I only chop the leaves. Once it is chopped, place the salsa in a metal mixing bowl and toss the cilantro, sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt in and stir to combine.

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This is what my finished Salsa looks like.  You can have it as smooth or chunky as you like.

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Enjoy,

Michele