Fresh Tomato Salsa
Last month, I was responsible for planning what food would be served for an office mate’s farewell party. Chips and dip seemed like the perfect way to kick off a party. There was nothing like the delicious classic combination of tortilla chips and salsa. There is no forks or spoons required, tortilla chips with salsa was just easy to pick up party foods, moreover you could clean up in no time. They were so addicting and we reached the bottom of the bowls in no time.
I love this Fresh Tomato Salsa recipe for many reasons. It is simple, healthy, and not to mention it takes only several minutes to make. Chop, chop, chop the ingredients, then just mix everything and your Fresh Tomato Salsa is ready for serve. Salsa is great not only for dipping, but also great as a condiment or side dish or sauce.
Tips on Making Salsa
1. Adjust the spiciness
If you like your salsa spicy, add some chopped chili peppers in it. The spiciest part of chili peppers resides in the seeds. Therefore, I recommend to take out the seeds and ribs if you want a less spicy version.
2. Use good quality tomatoes
It is important to use good quality tomatoes as they are the main ingredient of the Fresh Tomato Salsa. Use firmer tomatoes that have fewer seeds as they are easier to dice.
3. Seed the tomatoes
The tomatoes will break down after they are cut. Getting rid of their pulpy seeds will help in making your tomatoes less watery. Trust me, you do not want to end up with watery salsa.
4. Try salsa variations
When tomatoes are out of season, you can use grape or cherry tomatoes as substitutes. Making fruit salsa can be great to by using seasonal fruits like pineapple, mango, and peaches.
5. Marinate the salsa
For the best flavor, let your freshly made salsa marinate for a little while before serving it. Marinating the salsa for at least 30 minutes will give time for the ingredients to combine and give your salsa more complex flavors. Just keep in mind, the longer salsa sits, the soupier it will get because the salt will draw out the moisture from the tomatoes. Simply drain the salsa prior to serving to keep it from having too much liquid. I recommend to serve the salsa immediately or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
- 3 large sized fresh tomatoes diced (remove the seeds)
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup coriander leaves roughly chopped
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1-2 chili pepper (optional) chopped
- Add diced onion to a small bowl then cover with cold water for 10 minutes to get rid its strong flavor. Drain the water and set aside.
Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Leave it for at least 30 minutes and serve immediately.