Monday, April 14, 2014

Eat // Our Favorite Salsa

My kids are on Spring Break this week, but with weather in the high-80's, it feels like summer! We've been enjoying a lot of time in the backyard, swimming and playing basketball. By afternoon, we're usually parched and in need of a quick pick-me-up. One of our favorite afternoon treats is freshly made salsa and chips. This is a really simple recipe that packs in a lot flavor with just a few wholesome ingredients. And you should be warned… Once your family has salsa fresca, it's hard to go back to the store-bought variety.

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This recipe was passed down to me by one of my aunts (she was given the recipe by a friend who has family in Mexico) and it's been a family favorite for over thirty years.

Salsa Fresca

8 roma tomatoes
1 medium onion
1 bunch cilantro
2-3 jalapeno chiles, seeded*
2 limes**

*for more spice, leave in some of the seeds.
** since there currently is a lime shortage, i used lemons instead. they were not tart enough and i used 4 small lemons to get the right acidity.

Roughly chop the tomatoes, onion, cilantro and jalapenos and place them in a large bowl. Mix in the lime or lemon juice and add salt to taste. Put it in the refrigerator for an hour or so to let the flavors meld.

Toss and serve the salsa with tortilla chips.  Another favorite of mine is to serve it over rice with warm black beans. Yum!