When we were first married, our landlord gave us 1/2 of one of their garden rows. We planted cherry tomatoes and zucchini and felt very earthy about the whole thing. As the cherry tomatoes ripened, we tried to find places to put them. I’d remembered a recipe I’d seen in a homemade cookbook we’d been given at our wedding… it was for homemade blender salsa. I had no idea how cherry tomatoes would taste in a salsa, but I gave it a try anyway! The result was a steady stream of requests for homemade salsa. My husband began volunteering to bring salsa to social events, and we spent the first year of our marriage in blissful snackage.
Yesterday I realized I had all of the ingredients on hand to make salsa, and I realized I haven’t made it in YEARS. I knew it would make my husband’s day to come home from a long day of work to fresh salsa, so my kids and I got to work.
So our second batch -because after smelling the salsa goodness and having it SO CLOSE was too much to NOT make a second batch STAT -included some store-bought diced tomatoes. Either way works -this salsa is pretty easy. I never measure, I just throw in this and that. Sometimes more of one thing and less of something else.
It’s pretty hard to mess up!
I am a cilantro lover and I feel like the cilantro MAKES this salsa, so if you hate it, I can’t promise that the salsa will still make your day. It might be nasty. Salsa without cilantro usually is. #haters
You’re Going to Need:
28 oz. whole or stewed tomatoes (canned or fresh) -I use a mixture of fresh cherry and full-size garden tomatoes
1-2 cans of diced green chilies (4 oz. each)
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Jalapeno (I pluck one from our garden and take out most -but not all -of the veins and seeds) -more to taste!
1/2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 C. Chopped Cilantro
3-4 Chopped Green Onions (you can use white onions in a pinch, but green really are SO good)
Put half of the tomatoes in the blender with the garlic, peppers, sugar, salt and pepper. Blend well, pour into bowl.
Put remaining tomatoes in blender and blend SLIGHTY. We want chunks!
Stir in cilantro and green onions.