During the summer months (and actually year round) one of my favorite dips/condiments is salsa. To me a good fresh salsa needs to have a balance of heat and flavor, and I think this easy salsa recipe accomplishes both. For one of my favorite easy salsa recipes, give this recipe a try.
For a healthy way to add lots of flavor, it is awfully difficult to top fresh salsa. More than any other condiment, good salsa adds such distinct bite and flavor. Truthfully, I enjoy going to some restaurants just for the opportunity to try their salsa. However, like everything else, salsa is better when you make it at home.
For my ideal salsa, I love to use tomatillos. If you’re not familiar with then, tomatillos taste like small, green tart tomatoes and come covered in a husk. Tomatillos are generally firm, and have a combination of tartness and sweetness that I absolutely love. I could eat them raw in a salad on or a sandwich, but tomatillos really shine when roasted. When roasted, they add heaps of healthy flavor and help to make this one of my favorite homemade salsa recipes.
Recipe: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Summary: Truly one of the tastiest homemade salsa recipes out there!
1 pound tomatillos, husked and washed
8 garlic cloves, peeled and roasted (you can also try using Grilled Garlic for this recipe)
2 jalapeno chiles, stemmed and seeded
1 large bunch cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
Black pepper, freshly ground
Preheat the broiler or grill. Place the tomatillos and jalapenos on a baking tray and broil, turning frequently, until evenly charred, 15 minutes. If grilling, place the tomatillos and peppers over the flame. Set aside to cool.
Transfer the roasted ingredients to a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Add the cilantro and puree until smooth. Season with the salt and pepper and serve.
Store in the refrigerator 3–5 days or in the freezer for weeks. This salsa recipe yields 2-1/2 cups.
If you don’t plan on roasting your garlic, go with four raw cloves, or even fewer if you’re not a big garlic fan. To increase the heat of the fresh salsa, leave the seeds in the jalapenos. Also, for a chunkier salsa, simply pulse all the ingredients as opposed to fully blending everything.
Diet type: Vegan
Diet (other): Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, Gluten free
Culinary tradition: USA (Southwestern)
Try this homemade salsa with a batch of tortilla chips, or serve alongside your favorite Tex-Mex fare. Either way, I think this recipe will soon become one of your favorite simple salsa recipes.
Your turn: Are you a fan of salsa? What’s your favorite type of salsa?