Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sorta Fresh Salsa

We had a sweet, family friend cater our recent family reunion, it was really quite a treat. I spent some time in the kitchen chatting over her recipes. She did a delicious roasted onion and feta breadstick and scrumptious strawberry cheesecake pancakes, but I was really wowed by her salsa. She brought it already prepared, we had it for dinner on day two, yet it tasted so fresh.

My fresh salsas always turn to a watery, mushy mess the day after, and canned salsa just isn’t the same. So I got the secret for making your fresh salsa keep better; canned petite diced tomatoes. So it is not quite the same as fresh, but when tomatoes are not in season, you are feeding a crowd or need to save time, this is a great option over Pace. I seem to never be able to make a recipe just as it is given to me, so this has been altered to fit my taste. Muir Glen just came out with petite diced tomatoes that are delicious, now if they could just get the BPA out of their cans!

28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
¼ yellow onion, chopped
5 green onions, sliced
1 cup cilantro, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon oregano

Combine all ingredients and let flavors marry for 1 hour before serving. Great with chips or tacos.
Sorta Fresh Salsa on Foodista


  1. If you want a slightly different (I much prefer it) rendition, use lime juice instead of lemon. It is divine.

  2. Oooo, yes. I would use lime juice for sure if I had it. Have you ever tried your lime essential oil in salsa?

  3. I have not done that- I wonder if it would add taste or smell? It is a good idea :)

  4. Hi there, I'm new to this site. My mom just sent me the link, as she knows I've been having a major food-change-of-heart. I'm looking for new ways to liven up our new diet healthfully, and tastily. Thanks for the great ideas.

  5. hi kara. i have an off-the-topic question for you. i've been trying to change all of our products around our house for the past several months, but can't find a dish detergent that i like (or one that works) that is more natural friendly. do you have a kind that you like? same with laundry detergent. i've settled on arm and hammer for the moment. thanks for your input.


  6. have you ever tried the traderjoes tomatoes?
    they are fabulous!! i think they are even italian.
    but i dont know if they come in diced or not.
    i just remember that i got a huge can of them and they had such great flavor. no additives.

  7. I LOVE Trader Joe's tomatoes and they store well too because the can is coated on the inside, so the tomatoes don't get tin-y. Their dice is too big for my salsa preference though.


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