Garden Fresh Salsa

Jul 21, 2011 by

I like to think of myself as a gardener.

Keyword here is “think.”

I’ve planted an herb garden every summer for three years with decent results.  I have mint for my mojitos, basil for my pesto, and a three-year-old rosemary plant that is starting to look more like a small tree.

But I aspire to be something more.  I long for homegrown peas, zucchini, and summer squash.  I yearn for more tomatoes than I know what to do with and a plethora of bell peppers for my stir fry.

Tomato fruitworms decimated my first crop of tomatoes.  And I’ve about decided that flowers are the only thing I’m going to get from my zucchini and yellow squash thanks to stink bugs.

Lo and behold, a few weeks ago a cucumber began to take shape.  And out of my nine bell pepper plants, one has actually started to produce.

I think I have remedied the fruitworm problem.  The husband and I were actually able to harvest enough cherry tomatoes to make a nice shish kebab last weekend and two roma tomatoes and a jalapeno pepper went into the making of this garden fresh salsa.


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Garden Fresh Salsa

Cooking Bride original recipe
Serves: 4-6
  • 7 roma tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup (or one half of) a medium white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, halved
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  1. Put all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Pulse until salsa reaches desired consistency (we like ours chunky).
  3. Add additional salt as needed to taste.
Makes about 1½ to 2 cups of salsa.
*If you prefer a milder salsa, remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno before tossing into the food processor.

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  1. I’ve been craving homemade salsa all week. This looks great!

  2. If it makes you feel any better, I’m a wannabe gardener as well. I have 10 garden beds, and almost all of them are doing *terribly* this year. I have a gazillion tomatoes and loads of basil, which is excellent, but not a cucumber or melon or bean in site. And peppers! Who are we kidding? No peppers. :( So, you’re not alone. :)

  3. I don’t have much of a green thumb either but my parents used to plant tomatoes and zucchini every year. Nothing beats a tomato from the garden with just a little salt.

  4. The lovely dishes of the summer. And the pesto keeps in the freezer (as well as fresh basil and sweet peppers) so the fresh keeps giving.

  5. This salsa looks delicious. I’ve been needing a yummy fresh salsa recipes if my tomatoes ever ripen :( Don’t feel bad about your garden, mine hasn’t been doing well either. Except my tomato plants, but they’re too busy growing to be taller than I am instead of making me some beautiful fruit. I can hardly hold them back but I’m sure I’ll get some tomatoes soon :)

  6. Gina

    Its like you knew exactly what I’ve been craving! I can’t wait to try it out this weekend.

  7. I just started gardening from this summer in m patio. Still struggling but the rosemary and basil are looking good so far :) This salsa looks so perfect for my chips!

  8. I WISH I had a garden at all, let alone a successful one! And zucchini flowers are awesome. I would kill for those as well.

    This salsa must be off the wall good with those homegrown tomatoes!

  9. I love using my fresh tomatoes!

  10. Yummy! I could eat all of that now… right now. I will try to talk the hubby into the idea of making this soon.

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