Around this time of year, my taste buds get a hankering for the fresh, piquant taste of homemade salsa. While I do can tomato and tomatillo salsa for year-round use, there is nothing like walking into the garden to select a ripe red tomato, dicing it into chunks, adding some cilantro, salt, onion, and a jalapeno and devouring an entire bowl of salsa fresca in one sitting. It is something we do on a daily basis during peak tomato season.
The only problem is that I don’t have ripe red tomatoes (yet)! But I do have beautiful cilantro from the garden I manage, sweet onions in my spring garden, garlic from last summer in Oregon, and just-ripening Gypsy sweet peppers. In a moment of salsa desperation, I thought maybe, just maybe I could cheat a little bit and use canned tomatoes and achieve a similar taste sensation? Give it a try and see for yourself!
1 16 oz can of diced tomatoes (I used Muir Glen Organics Fire Roasted)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 small sweet onion, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small sweet or hot pepper of your choice
Salt to flavor
Lime Juice to flavor
Combine all ingredients, sample until you’re satisfied with the flavor, and enjoy!