Monday, August 2, 2010

homemade smooth salsa

More than a year ago, before in fact, Klark even left for Afghanistan, he bought me a new blender. High rolling, I know, but I get really excited about new appliances -- a fondue pot, a slow cooker, a KitchenAid mixer, and of course a new blender. Blenders make some of my favorite soups smoother, but this one came with an added bonus -- a salsa function.

It took me more than a year and many trips to the farmer's market to make it, but this week I finally - A. made it to the farmer's market and B. ended up with all the good ingredients I need to make a killer salsa. We bought a salsa that looked great from Costco, but were so disappointed in it, so with a giant bag of tortilla chips and all the right ingredients, what better to do with my Monday night. Armed with 2 bunches of cilantro at $.50 each, a giant bag of fresh tomatoes for $5 from the farmer's market and many other ingredients, I set to creating, tasting, and adding ingredients.

This is delicious, easy, healthy, and ... delicious! Just enough kick, and has a good bite -- next time might leave the whole jalapeno unseeded.

5 medium tomatoes
1 jalapeno, halved with one half seeded
1 t garlic
1/4 onion
2 T apple cider vinegar
juice from 1/2 lime
1 yellow pepper
3/4 c chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Roughly chop all ingredients and combine in a blender and serve. Garnish with cilantro if you like. Soooo good - really healthy and almost no salt -- just 45 mg for the entire recipe. Fun to do the chopping, fun to do the blending (just push the button and the blender does all the work!), fun and easy to eat. I can't believe it took me this long to use the blender.


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