Fresh Chunky Salsa

fresh_salsaMiss Maisie Lou’s Market challenges you to test out your salsa-making skills on your family and friends! Salsa is not only a delicious treat but it is also good for you! A half-cup portion of salsa adds an extra serving of vegetable and fruit to your diet. Homemade salsa is healthier than store-bought because of it has lower sodium content. It is also very low in calories and cholesterol!

Remember to have an adult assist you with the chopping of the vegetables. Roma tomatoes are a little less juicy so they are recommended but you can use any type of tomato. This recipe will make just over two cups, but it will also depend how much extra stuff you want to add.

What You Need:

  • 2 cups of chopped Roma tomatoes (about 4)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon red or white onion
  • 2 tsp lime juice (or lemon)
  • 1½ tsp garlic powder or 1 clove of fresh
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips
  • Optional Additions: parsley, bell peppers, mango, white or apple cider vinegar, green onions, hot sauce

STEP 1: Wash all the ingredients you plan to put in the recipe. Place cilantro and parsley in a salad spinner to remove the excess water. If you are including bell pepper, cut in half, remove the seeds, then chop them into very small pieces.

STEP 2: Cut the tomatoes up very small or use a food processor. As you prepare each ingredient, place it in a bowl. Here you see yellow and green bell peppers, finely chopped cilantro, and the tomatoes chopped in a food processor.

STEP 2: Cut the tomatoes up very small or use a food processor as shown here. As you prepare each ingredient, place it in a bowl. Here you see yellow and green bell peppers, finely chopped cilantro, and the tomatoes.

STEP 3: If adding green onions, slice them very thin. Add them to the bowl.

STEP 3: If adding green onions, slice them very thin. Add them to the bowl.

STEP 4: Use bottled lime juice or squeeze it fresh. Add the garlic powder and sugar. Then add a bit of salt and pepper. Taste it, then add a bit more as needed.

STEP 4: Use bottled lime juice or squeeze it fresh. Add the garlic powder and sugar. Then add a bit of salt and pepper. Taste it, then add a bit more as needed.

CHUNKY SALSA: If you want to keep it chunky, chop vegetables mostly by hand. NON-CHUNKY SALSA: Use a food processor or mash it with a potato masher.

CHUNKY SALSA: If you want to keep it chunky, chop vegetables mostly by hand. NON-CHUNKY SALSA: Use a food processor or mash it with a potato masher.

Make it Your Way!

Salsa can be made many different ways. After you’ve made it once, you might do things a bit different next time. Place it in the fridge for a few hours before eating. Drain off the extra juice before serving! Eat it with Tortilla chips, on your omelette, or where ever you enjoy salsa. Delicious!


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