Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Heirloom tomato salsa

Salsa is one of those things that's so quick and easy to make and after you reap maximum tasty rewards.  Five minutes and you've got a quality healthy snack.  Normally I don't use tomatoes out of season.  In my opinion there's nothing worse than a tomato that doesn't taste like anything.  Tomatoes have such a great flavor you don't want them to be hard and under-ripe.  For this salsa I bought an heirloom tomato from Mexico since they are out of season and heirloom tomatoes usually have that great tomato-y flavor.  I made my salsa in the mortar and pestle because I love finding uses for it, but you could also make it in a bowl mashing with a fork, or in the blender, depending on how chunky you want it.

Salsa: tomato, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime, salt, pepper

Cut the tomato into cubes.
Small dice the onion and then chop it into fine bits.
Same with the jalapeño - keep the seeds in to make it more spicy - add as much or little as you like.
Add all the pieces to a bowl and mash around.
Chop and stir in cilantro.
Squeeze lime juice in.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

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