September 1, 2009

Heirloom Tomato Salsa

We got some beautiful heirloom tomatoes earlier this week. I didn’t have any real plans for them, but got home and realized that I had all the ingredients for salsa! (Except a jalapeno…I used a several good dashes of tabasco to give the it some kick. It’s not quite as good as a fresh jalapeno, but it’ll do in a pinch.)

Heirloom Tomato Salsa
printable recipe

2-3 large (heirloom) tomatoes
1/2 green bell pepper (or any color)
1/2 red onion
juice of 1/2 lime (or more, to taste)
handful fresh cilantro (about 1/2 cup, unpacked)
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed (or more, to taste)
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Dice the tomatoes. IMG_7185
A technique that works really well is to make thin slices in the tomato without cutting all the way through...

IMG_7186Rotate the tomato 90 degrees and do the same.


Carefully turn the tomato on its side and slice all the way through.
Then run the knife over a time or two, to give it all a final chop. It turns out nice little cubes of tomato. [I learned this from my undergraduate acting professor. She might be surprised to learn this, since the only thing she claims to know how to ‘cook’ is salsa. :) ]

Cut bell pepper in half, remove ribs and seeds and dice.

IMG_7224Do the same with the jalapeno, but dice finely.
Finely dice the onion.
Chop the cilantro.

Combine all ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Toss it all together and enjoy with tortilla chips. It’s also great on top of taco salad or fish.
Variation: Try it with fresh mango or peaches.

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