The tomatoes are in full swing in the garden. Ya gotta love August around here! I’ve got tomatoes, squash, apples, lemons, and various herbs available for the picking out back. I skipped planting my winter crops of garlic and onions last year and am really missing them when it’s time to make salsa! I’m pretty flexible with my salsa. Sometimes I add garlic; sometimes I leave it out. Sometimes I add jalapenos or green chilies; sometimes I leave them out. The essential ingredients, for my taste buds, are:
- fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- onion (white or green), chopped
- fresh cilantro
- a squeeze of lime juice if you have it, but it’s okay to leave it out
- minced garlic
- minced jalapeno or green chiles
You can expand beyond the basic tomato and cilantro version by adding chopped ripe mango or peaches and some fresh minced ginger. Then it makes a great topping for fish or pork.