Sunday, July 22, 2007

Salsa Fresca, Fresca! Salsa Fresca, Fresca!


Fresh flavors, bright colors and crisp textures make salsa fresca the perfect accompaniment to any summer meal! I’ve enhanced my version with sweet Fuji apples and smoky roasted bell peppers. It’s really quite tasty.

Salsa Fresca – Blackberry Pockets Style

Two medium sized tomatoes – small dice
One small red onion (or half of one large red onion) – small dice
One roasted yellow bell pepper – small dice
Half of one Fuji apple – peeled, small dice
One Jalepeño – fine dice
Half cup of fresh cilantro*– course chop
Juice from one lime

*Note: Personally, I love the strong sagey, citrusy flavor of cilantro but some people really seem to hate the stuff. If you happen to be one of those people (you know, one of those…), you can either omit the cilantro from the recipe or substitute fresh Italian parsely.

Combine tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, apple, Jalepeño, and cilantro into a bowl, squeeze the lime juice over the contents and fold the ingeredients together to mix.

You now have a bowl of delicious salsa! Open a bag of chips, add it to your fish tacos or simply help yourself to a spoonful. However you choose to eat this salsa, you will enjoy the hell out of it.

chips and salsa

I really enjoy adding fruit to my salsas and I think the crispness of the Fuji apple works really well in this recipe. Pineapple might be a nice touch as well. Ooh, or jicama! As always, feel free to use your imagination, add a few of your favorite ingredients to the mix and work to make this recipe your own.