Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa

Last of the Summer Fresh Salsa

So funny story (This has nothing to do with salsa so feel free to skip ahead.) My daughter is once again in school and practicing her sight words as she learns to read. Each word is on its own little flashcard and they are held together by a ring. Well, the other day my husband was upstairs with her drilling her words while her brothers played downstairs with me. I needed something upstairs so I brought my littlest up with me (lest he try to follow me upstairs or be stuck screaming in the playpen). He immediately reached for the flashcards that were laid out on the bed. I unthinkingly scooped them up. Several days later, when the cards were due for their return run to school I got a frantic call from my husband. He couldn’t find them anywhere, what had I done with them. We both agreed I was the last to touch them when I scooped them off the bed but no one could think of what happened next. He checked all of the places I could have laid them down and nothing. We ended up writing one of those, “we can’t find them, but we’re sure we will soon” notes to the teacher (not her first of the year even I’m sure) and committed to looking for them again over the weekend. No cards. Well lo and behold, my husband is at Meijer and reaches into his pocket and what does he find, flashcards. Turns out I had scooped them up and promptly handed them back to him. Oops! As my husband said, “I might have smeared your good name in error.” My kids on the other hand didn’t see it that way at all. “Look daddy! So that’s where mama put them!” That sly sneaky mama who puts things into daddy pocket without him even knowing about it. Daddy agreed that was clearly where mama had put them…

Right sorry, back to salsa. It’s the end of tomato season and the choices are beginning to look rather run down. That fresh taste of summer is fading once again and we’ll be back to canned tomatoes before you know it. What, other than bruschetta pasta,  to do with all of those rather funky tomatoes? Make fresh salsa for a side dish! I never think of fresh salsa and I should. Really, it’s the only kind of salsa I like. The canned kind always tastes terrible to me and you can’t make fresh salsa in the winter because the tomatoes have no taste. Thus my basic fresh salsa below was born. It also goes well as a topping on enchiladas if you like a “wet” sauce for them. How I wish you could store this stuff! If you freeze it, it turns to soup. If you can it, it turns to a cooked, vinegary mess. Alas, this is a taste that comes but once a year.

Make about 1.5 c salsa

Reheats No

Freezes No

Kid Friendly Tasks Tomato choosers


  • 1 very large garden tomato

  • 1/4 small white onion

  • 1 large clove garlic

  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

  • 1 tbsp lime

  • 1 small hot pepper (or more to taste)

  • salt to taste


(you can do this either way depending on the time you want to put in and your salsa thickness preferences)

  1. Pop everything in a blender and pulse until chunky. Let sit 5 minutes for the flavors to meld and serve. This is the easy way, but it does come out a lot like thick soup if you’re not careful.

  2. Don’t use a blender and finely chop all of the ingredients and then mix. This tastes sublime but takes about 5 times as long to prepare. It keeps better the next day though. Decide for yourself…

Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa


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