homemade salsa [just in time for game day]

When it comes to food my philosophy is simple: the fresher the better. Raw ingredients are so much more flavorful than dried, frozen, canned or jarred items and creating dishes from scratch is uniquely rewarding.

Salsa is one of those things that many of us are so use to grabbing off the shelf—quick, easy, done [I’m guilty of it—especially salsa verde…yum]. But it’s also something that is easy to make, and in this case a little extra effort reciprocates with a huge flavor payoff.

This recipe was originally created during one of our many fish taco nights over the summer. Jake and his friends would spend a day on the lake and return with their haul of walleye, inevitably leading to a night of good food, drink and company. Crisp and citrusy, this salsa is perfect for topping tacos or enjoying alone with chips.

This past weekend Jake and I found ourselves craving some of this salsa; we drove to the Hong Kong Supermarket and picked up the following items:

  • 1 head of cabbage (we typically use green, but red works too)
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bundle of cilantro
  • Jalapenos (according to your spice preference)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 limes, juiced
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste (we also sprinkle ours with some Johnny’s brand seasoning salt)

Directions: chop first five ingredients and combine. Mix in minced garlic, lime juice and seasoning. Serve with chips.

onion+tomato+cilantro
onion+tomato+cilantro
+cabbage
+cabbage
garlic+lime juice+seasoning added. Admittedly I forgot to take a picture after it was all mixed together. Our taste testing turned right into snacking.
garlic+lime juice+seasoning added. Admittedly I forgot to take a picture after it was all mixed together as our taste testing turned right into snacking.

Note: when you’re working with fresh produce, the size of the food can vary. Depending on how big of a batch we are making and how big or small our produce items are, we may use more or less of some items. Be sure to taste test as you add the items together to determine your perfect ratio.

As we simultaneously snacked and caught up on some Scandal, it dawned on me that this super fresh and simple salsa would be a perfect Super Bowl appetizer. Anticipation is building here is Washington as the big game is just around the corner. Jake and I will be flying home from Colorado on Sunday, but will do our best to catch the game at the airport and are crossing our fingers for wifi on the plane. Go Hawks!

What team will you be rooting for this Sunday? Who will be watching just to see the commercials or halftime show? I would love to hear your Super Bowl plans in the comments below!

xox courtney

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