September 2nd, 2013

Garden Fresh Salsa with Roasted Jalapenos (Market Monday)

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Of all the things I make with produce from my garden, this salsa is the hands-down favorite. I don’t know why, but my children–who would normally not touch a raw tomato with a 10 foot pole–devour the stuff. Well, I guess I do kind of know why. It is pretty amazing! There’s just nothing quite like fresh, homemade salsa, is there?

Garden Fresh Salsa with Roasted JalapenosYou can use whatever tomatoes you have handy for this recipe. I have several colors and varieties of large and small tomatoes growing in my garden, and I used them all. It really makes for a beautiful presentation, as far as salsa goes. I also like to throw in a few cumin seeds, which gives the salsa a real rustic, earthy flavor, but that is totally optional.

Really, nothing about this recipe has to be done exactly as written (except for roasting the jalapenos–don’t skip that part!).  If you have an extra tomato, or you really like cilantro, feel free to change things up a bit. This salsa will keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days–if it lasts that long!

Garden Fresh Salsa with Roasted Jalapenos

Garden Fresh Salsa with Roasted Jalapenos

Preparation 20 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 25 mins


  • 2-3 medium jalapenos
  • 3 cups diced fresh tomatoes (about 4 medium tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)


  1. Preheat broiler. Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise, removing the stems, ribs, and as many of the seeds as you would like (the more seeds you leave, the hotter the salsa will be).
  2. Place jalapenos, skin side up, on a lightly grease baking sheet. Spray or brush jalapenos with a thin layer of oil.
  3. Place under the broiler and roast until the skins begin to blacken, 3-5 minutes. Cool.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic, lime juice and cumin seeds.
  5. Chop cooled jalapenos and add to the tomato mixture. Transfer salsa to an airtight container and refrigerate until serving.


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