Salsa Fresca

Sooo many tomatoes! What to do? What to do??


Salsa Fresca


2 medium sized ripe tomatoes quartered

1/4 medium size red onion)

4 sprigs cilantro (parsley)

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp garlic salt

2 TBs lemon juice

1 jalapeno (1/3 for mild, 2/3 for medium, all for spicy)

Bell pepper for added flavor


1. Put all ingredients in food processor and mix to consistency desired.

It was a rainy, gloomy Saturday afternoon recently and I decided I should try making some salsa. I went out to the garden and picked some fresh onions, jalapenos and tomatoes and got to work.

Remember when I planted my garden in the Springtime I thought I’d planted cilantro? Then I went to use some cilantro and realized I had parsley? Yeah I remember that time too. 😛 So when I went to make the salsa I had to buy a bunch of cilantro at the store. I did pick some parsley from the garden to mix into the salsa because what the heck am I going to do with all this parsley??

The jalapenos from the garden were surprisingly un-spicy. I was a little surprised by that. I don’t know why they aren’t spicy. I picked two jalapenos and used them both because of that fact, and they were small.

I did not use a food processor for this. I chopped everything up and didn’t really measure any of it. I’m definitely a recipe follower and I don’t just “throw things in a bowl” but with this I did. I used as much lemon juice as it tasted good. I sampled it a lot along the way to test the flavors.

I used a mixture of tomatoes from the garden. Some heirlooms, some romas, and a few other kinds I don’t remember. I chopped up the tomatoes and onions and mixed everything together.

I added more garlic than the recipe called for. I love garlic and there’s no such thing as too much in my book.

I didn’t have garlic salt, so I skipped that ingredient. I’m not sure how much of a difference it would have made with the flavors. I added a dash of onion powder to it and mixed everything up.

The salsa tasted pretty good. I enjoyed the flavors, even though it wasn’t spicy at all. The salsa sat in the fridge over the weekend and the flavors were much bolder and nicer after that. I liked the salsa but would prefer some zip to it.

QUESTION: What is your favorite salsa recipe? 

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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