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Salsa Fresca with Lots of Variations

When tomatoes are at their best, it’s well worth making salsa at home, rather than buying it in jars. This is a simple and delicious appetizer to serve with tortilla chips. This makes about 1 1/2 cups. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Salsa Fresca with Lots of Variations
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Raw / healthy
Author: Nava
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 6 to 8
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  • 2 cups diced ripe tomatoes
  • 1 or 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon or lime, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine the ingredients in the container of a food processor. Pulse on and off until the mixture is a coarse puree.
  2. Transfer to a shallow serving bowl to serve.
  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container, refrigerated.

Add any or all of these to the basic salsa.

Chipotle: Add 1 or 2 canned chipotle chilies in adobo in place of the fresh hot peppers (during processing).

Fresh corn: Add the kernels from 1 ear lightly cooked or grilled corn, after processing.

Peach, nectarine, mango, or apricot: Add from 1/2 to 1 cup pitted and coarsely chopped fruit (during processing)

Bell pepper: Add a finely diced raw, grilled, or jarred roasted bell pepper.

Cucumber-dill: Add a garden-fresh Kirby or 1/2 medium cucumber and 1/4 cup minced fresh dill

Sun-Dried Tomato: Add 1/4 cup or more sliced dried tomatoes.

Fresh peach or nectarine: Add two finely diced lush ripe peaches or nectarines

Garlic and/or onion: If you know your guests will be able to tolerate raw onion or garlic, add a small quantity of either or both. But don’t serve it to me, as I’m one who can’t tolerate the allium family in the raw!

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