Garden Fresh Salsa

Food Photography _ Salsa

 

It’s been 20 years since I have lived near my family.  I left when I was 7 years old, but my mom made sure that we came back every summer for 3 or 4 weeks, so that my little brother and I would have strong relationships with our family.  One of my favorite memories consists of hot, muggy, thick, southern summer air, the box fan keeping us cool on Papa’s porch, and his ever thriving garden.  We spent countless sticky, summer nights telling ghost stories and eating fresh food from the garden on that porch (photographic evidence below).

Summer in Tennessee _ Ashley Erin West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we moved back last month, we arrived in the thick of tomato season.  He had row after row, and luckily Adam and I moved five minutes up the road.  He’s promised us a spot in his garden to grow whatever we please next season, but for now, we’ve been enjoying the giant, juicy tomatoes overflowing from his house.  With all the tomatoes we had coming in, I had to think fast to make use of them before they went bad sitting on my counter, and when I think of tomatoes, I immediately think of salsa.  It’s summery, fresh, bright, and SO versatile.  Plus it’s literally the the easiest thing ever. The hardest part about it is being patient enough to dice up all of the vegetables.  You can add all kinds of stuff to this recipe, but this way is my personal favorite.  My mom has been making this salsa for years, and every time we make it we change it a little bit, so we have no idea where it originated, but it’s a staple in her home and mine. I made this salsa on a gorgeous, warm, sunny afternoon, and standing on my front porch, photographing delicious tomatoes, dicing vegetables in the sunshine in my kitchen, and eating salsa for the rest of the day was quite lovely.  I promise, once you make this, you won’t stand for store-bought salsa ever again!

 

Food Photography _ Salsa _ Tomatoes

 

Food Photography _ Salsa _ Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Photography _ Salsa _ Jalapeños

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Photography _ Salsa _ Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Fresh Salsa

3 to 5 – Fresh tomatoes

2 – Fresh jalapeños

1/2 – Red onion

1 Tbsp – Olive Oil

1 Tsp – Salt

1 tsp – Fresh Lime Juice

Dice all of your tomatoes and toss into a large bowl (preferably one with a lid).  If you like juicy, runny salsa, then leave all the juicy parts of the tomato in when you dice it.  If like chunkier pico de gallo style salsa, then scrape the juicy parts and seeds out of the center of the tomato before dicing.  Dice the jalapeños (leave the seeds if you like it super hot) and add to bowl.  Dice the red onion and add to bowl.  Add olive oil, salt, and lime juice.  Toss together, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour.  The flavors will all blend together into this AMAZING bright, fresh salsa.  Add to nachos, omelets, pizza, and whatever else you can think of.  Enjoy!

 

Food Photography _ Salsa _ Tomatoes

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