Salsa, Fresh, and Easy From Scratch
Condiment for tortilla chips, or a topper for hamburgers, tacos, or enchiladas
A good salsa recipe to serve with tortilla chips, or my quesadillas. As a dipping side. To go with any mexican meal, on top of tacos is very nice. I have also used this, as a condiment on grilled hamburgers, for something different. You can make ahead, the longer it is mixed the better it is. Choose red, vine ripe tomatoes, firm to the touch. Sweet Vidalia onion, the flatter the onion, the sweeter the taste. Small green jalapeno, unless you prefer hot salsa. The redder they are, the hotter they are. Be sure not to get any seeds into the mix, they are very hot. When choosing cilantro, chose bright green, and not wilted. Wash and rinse thoroughly. Use the leaves only, as the stems tend to be very bitter. Use sparingly, as it can be overpowering. You want balance, with all flavors combining in concert. When choosing limes, firm, and a nice green color, no brown tinge, they will last longer. Buy a few extra, for Margaritas.
As a Topping for Hamburgers. Substitute a whole grain bun, to up the Nutritional Value
- 2-4 tomatoes, vine ripe
- 1 onion, vidala
- 1-2 jalapeno, small green deseed
- pinch or two cilantro, leaves only
- splash lime juice, fresh squeezed or concentrate
- Dice tomatoes, into bite size pieces. Over your serving bowl, let juices run into, as it will make more sauce. Dice onion on a cutting board. Split jalapeno, remove seeds. Dice into bite size pieces. Wash fresh cilantro, chop leaves, no stems. They tend to be bitter. Mix well. Quarter lime, and squeeze over all, being careful not to get any seeds into the mix. Amount used is dependant on your own taste. Salt and pepper to taste.
- A quicker, and simpler way, is to use a salsa mix. I have used Concord Salsa mix. Found in the fresh vegetable section of your local grocery store. Dice tomato, and onion into bite sized pieces. Add Concord Salsa mix. Mix well. Refrigerate. It will make its own juices. The longer the ingredients are mixed, the better it is.
I prefer these cutting boards, over hard ones. They are flexible, easy to transfer chopped food to a bowl, or pan.
Health Benefits of Salsa
I include salsa in many of my meals. Incorporates freshness, flavor, and health benefits.
Tomatoes The health benefits of tomatoes have been well documented. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.Mar 25, 2019 Healthline
Onion. Onion is a powerhouse when it comes to health. Onions contain antioxidants and compounds that fight inflammation, decrease triglycerides and reduce cholesterol levels — all of which may lower heart disease risk. Their potent anti-inflammatory properties may also help reduce high blood pressure and protect against blood clots.Dec 18, 2018 Healthline
Cilantro Researchers have found that cilantro may provide health benefits in the form of reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and seizure severity, as well as raising energy levels and healthy hair and skin.Nov 26, 2019 News Medical
Food as Medicine, Proven through Science
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© 2012 Sherrie Gill