Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fresh Tomato Salsa

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This fresh tomato salsa is extremely easy to make and goes well with our guacamole recipe. I love using on-the-vine tomatoes in this recipe, as they are just bursting with flavor (even if they are a bit too juicy).

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Onion and vinegar provide the requisite piquant kick. If you want the salsa spicy, use a fresh jalapeno pepper, otherwise adjust to your own palate with a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes.

Everything should be finely chopped so you can easily scoop up all the goodness with a tortilla chip. For salsa, an efficient way to finely chop tomatoes is to slice each tomato in half, then slice each half into thin slices lengthwise, then repeat cross-wise, to form small cubes.

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Fresh Tomato Salsa
(Serves 4)

You will need:
2-3 on-the-vine or plum tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp cilantro sprigs, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, cored and finely chopped (optional)
2 tsp white vinegar
Salt, to taste
Chili pepper flakes, to taste (optional)

Directions:
Place tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper (if using) into a medium bowl and mix. Add vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper flakes (if using). Mix well. Place into a serving bowl; chill until ready to serve. Enjoy with tortilla chips or as a topping for tacos.

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