I made this summery salsa using three ingredients from my garden plus other store-boughts. It tasted so fresh and was the last chance to use up the quickly ripening tomatoes. Summer is almost over – red wine and dark beer suddenly sound delicious again, and I thought about wearing a scarf a few nights this weekend.
The recipe I used was from the “Summer” section of Simply in Season, a gift from my mom that suggests using fresh, local, in-season foods by organizing their low-on-ingredient, high-on-quality recipes by seasons.
Fresh Summer Salsa
6 medium fresh tomatoes (diced)
1 medium red onions (diced)
1 large green pepper (diced)
2-3 hot chili peppers (diced)
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
3 tablespoons fresh basil (chopped)
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
* To mimic my favorite smoky flavors in store-bought salsa, I added a tsp each of cumin and smoked paprika. Also substituted the lemon juice with lime juice.
Combine in bowl. Let stand 30 minutes and serve.