Summer is in full bloom, and so are the beautiful tomatoes coming out of everyone’s gardens. So when faced with a bowl full of fresh, ripe, red tomatoes, what’s one to do? Make Fresh Summer Tomato Salsa, of course!
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When I was a kid, I hated vegetables. Green beans, peas, spinach, asparagus, cooked carrots, onions, and yes, even tomatoes. I know that tomatoes are technically a fruit, but play along here, OK? The only vegetable that I would readily eat without putting up a fight was corn. And as much as I love corn, let’s face it–it’s basically kernels of sugar on a cob.
As I grew older, I started to realize a few things:
- Not all vegetables are gross.
- Canned vegetables have very few edible uses outside of stews or casseroles.
- Maybe–just maybe–my limited exposure to really fresh veggies growing up was the culprit.
Flash forward a decade (OK, maybe more than one, but if you’re not counting, neither am I), and I was on a glorious vacation in Spain with my adorable husband. We were staying in this beautiful half-pension, which meant that breakfast and lunch were included each day. In Europe, their idea of breakfast is very different than ours, and that means a spread of not only fruit for breakfast, but also items like meats, cheeses and vegetables.
I decided to go native, so to speak, and dive in and finally TRY eating a fresh tomato. I figured if I still didn’t like them, I could go on being a pain in the rear about that and other items I swore I wouldn’t eat. I mean, I’d become a pro when it came to turning my nose up at various foods. Who was I to abandon a perfectly practiced routine?
BAM. I ate the tomatoes, and realized that I had been duped! Well, I’d duped myself, but still. It hit me that DANG these things were delicious, and yes I DID like tomatoes! Not much of a revelation for most people, but I’m slow on the uptake. I made a bee line for that platter each morning of our vacation, and have never looked back. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the Summer bounty of these gorgeous flavor bombs.
But sometimes nature’s bounty really puts out, if you know what I mean. You wind up with bushels of these things and have to get creative in how to use them up for fear of letting them go to waste (never!). The easiest way to use a pile of them is Fresh Summer Tomato Salsa. Tangy, sweet, and oh-so-good in so many ways. Dipped on a chip, lathered on tacos, stirred into other veggies–the possibilities are endless. Yay!
Never made your own salsa before? Have no fear. This is the easiest salsa you’ll ever make, and you’ll never want to go back to store-bought again. Belly up to the food processor and get your tomato on as you dive into your new favorite Fresh Summer Tomato Salsa!