Salsa: if you can’t beat the heat, join it!


There’s an old saying, “if you can’t beat em, join em.”  It applies quite aptly to summertime heat and a good, fresh salsa don’t you think?

My current favorite method of salsa making is about as simple as it gets, and just relies on fresh ingredients.

Fresh Salsa
6 medium tomatillos, diced
2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
1 red onion, diced
5 or 6 spring onions, finely chopped (use all the green)
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 3 fresh jalapenos, minced (add heat to personal taste; can also use cayenne or serrano)
juice of 1 to 2 limes, to taste
large bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp rice vinegar (or to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

Just chop everything up and combine in a bowl.  Serve with some tortilla chips, or toast some bread with a little olive oil for a simple bruschetta, or serve as a garnish alongside a well-seasoned and grilled flank steak.

Don’t forget the beer. 🙂

Today Lisl had some friends from her choir over for lunch, and this went over quite well (we also had a hit with a black-eyed pea salad that was sort of a combination of this and this).

Below the fold, I’m attaching a few more photos from our recent trip up to the Catskills.





  • liz

    I love tomatillos in my salsa, and had not thought to add rice vinegar – was it seasoned? Nice Catskills pictures.. love the barn.

  • kat

    Fresh salsa is totally my favorite! love that hay barn picture

  • Like your new home Giff.

  • Giff

    Just regular rice vinegar Liz (apple cider vinegar can be nice as well in small amounts). The tomatillos bring a lot of acidity already, but I enjoy the extra kick.

    and thank you Kat and Cynthia 🙂

  • Really beautiful photos — soothing. The salsa sounds good too — but there’s no way you’d find a bell pepper in salsa around here. I’m so over the heat, I could eat a bowl of this with a spoon.

  • I’m a huge fan of homemade salsas, but I have never combined red tomatoes and tomatillos. I can’t wait to give this a shot!

  • Good times 🙂
    Shame I’d have to beat my mom before she accepts to beat the heat with your salsa.

  • Giff

    Colloquial Cook aka Claire, I’m not touching that comment with a ten foot pole 😉

  • A mouthful of summer in every bite.

  • It’s simply gorgeous. I have never had much luck w/ tomatillos. I can find them easily around here, but I’ve just never found them to have as much flavor as regular tomatoes. Perhaps I’ve just gotten bad bunches.

    This is perfect for summer! Love that barn pic on top 🙂

  • Nothing better – we’ve got a bit of a tomato problem this summer, so I’m going to have to search out some good ones to get this beautiful result.

  • What a lovely, fresh-looking salsa. It’s definitely a good one for the choir. All that spicniess helps lubricate the voice.

    Thanks for sharing the photos.