I love salsa of all kinds, and there are quite a lot of good ones on the market. But when midsummer rolls around, there’s nothing like a fresh homemade salsa using summer tomatoes. Homemade salsa tends to get watery from the tomatoes’ juices, but I discovered that using cherry (or grape) tomatoes helps mitigate that. And there’s no pre-chopping — just toss them into the food processor whole. Adding a ripe peach gives the salsa a perfect sweet twist.
Makes: about 1 ½ cups
- 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes (try using both red and yellow)
- 1 medium sweet peach (or nectarine), pitted and diced
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1 to 2 fresh hot chili peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
(jalapeño or serrano for heat; poblano for a milder flavor)
- ¼ to ½ cup cilantro leaves
- Juice of ½ to 1 lime, to taste
- Pinch of salt
Place the tomatoes in the bowl of a food processor and pulse on and off until coarsely chopped.
Add the remaining ingredients and pulse on and off a few times. This is nice with a lot of texture, but if you’d like it smoother, process as you’d like, but don’t liquify!
Serve at once with chips or as an accompaniment to Southwestern-style meals.
Photos: Evan Atlas
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