Garden Salsa: A Quick And Healthy Snack

Garden Salsa: A Quick And Healthy Snack

How I LOVE this time of the year!! The weather is nice, football season has begun and the garden is loaded with fresh vegetables, just waiting to be picked. Or if you don’t have a garden, the local farmer’s market is full of delicious fresh produce. What better way to use these fresh ingredients than a fresh batch of salsa! It’s a perfect appetizer for tailgating before the big Friday night varsity game or a perfect snack to grab while your favorite college (Go Bucks) or NFL team (Go Browns) plays! Sorry, I’m an Ohio girl J

Full of nutritional goodness, salsa can be used in so many ways other than the traditional chip dip. Try putting some on your grilled chicken, hamburgers or other meat choice. It is also delicious over scrambled eggs, in wraps or as a dressing on your salad or taco. My husband will make a double batch and use half as a secret ingredient in his chili!

I get so many compliments for this quick and healthy snack, and I always get asked what's in it. Well, that is a tricky question because honestly each batch is different. I have my main ingredients that go into every batch, but the rest are usually whatever is ready in the garden. The quantities also change depending on the mood I am in. Sometimes I like it spicy, sometimes I use more tomatoes. Although each batch is different it is always delicious! So play around with it and find the right combination for you and your family!

Garden Salsa

salsa-1Must Have Ingredients:
Tomatoes (4-5)
Sweet Onion (1 medium)
Fresh Cilantro (Cilantro can be a very strong herb. We usually use a handful or more but we enjoy the flavor. You will need to adjust to your liking.)
Lime Juice (a generous squeeze)
Salt (to taste)

**The first time we made salsa like this we used only the must have ingredients (with a little garlic) and it was SO GOOD! 

Choices for additional ingredients:
Garlic (To taste. We love garlic so we tend to use a lot.)
Jalapeno peppers
Green, red or yellow bell peppers
Banana peppers
Green onions

Directions:
Cut all your ingredients into chunks. Put everything in a food processor and pulse until you receive your desired texture. (It may look a little foamy on top, this is normal). For best results, chill overnight to let flavors blend, stirring occasionally.

Tips:

- If you like a very chunky salsa - hand cut your tomatoes into small chunks and use a hand chopper to chop the remaining ingredients. If you do it this way, the longer it sits in the refrigerator, the better!

- For a creamier salsa, chop an avocado and add to the salsa before serving. Stir and smash slightly.

 

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Adrianne Huston
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