There’s nothing quite like making homemade salsa with fresh tomatoes right from your garden or farmers market. The salsa you make at home will be better than any commercial salsa, which is loaded with ingredients you don’t need including heavy amounts of sodium and preservatives.
Salsa’s main ingredient, as you may have guessed, is of course tomatoes. The question often comes up “Which tomatoes are best for Salsa?” There are no hard and fast rules for this and you can certainly use any tomatoes you have on hand. However, certain tomatoes work better for salsa than others. There is actually a tomato variety called Fresh Salsa, which of course has the desired firmness and juiciness which is perfect for salsa. Roma tomatoes are very popular for salsa and are easy to grow, have a good “meatiness” to them, and an excellent flavor. And again, with no hard and fast rules, feel free to use different varieties of tomatoes for your homemade salsa.
Another question many have about making salsa with fresh tomatoes is “Should the seeds be removed?” Again, no right or wrong answer but certain tomatoes have an extra amount of seeds and pulp so scooping it out often yields better results. A small measuring spoon or even your fingers can be used to scoop out the pulp and seeds of tomatoes. The trick is to slice the tomato in half first.
Cilantro is an important ingredient in most salsa recipes as it has a very distinct flavor that is very common in most homemade and commercial salsas. However, it’s use in salsa is not absolutely required. Many people don’t care for the pungent taste at all, especially when not cooked. Cilantro, commonly known as Coriander, is an herb with green leaves that resembles parsley. You don’t need a lot of cilantro in salsa to get it’s unique flavor. Less than a half cup of cilantro sprigs is used for this recipe and you can adjust that however your tastes vary.
- 2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes
- ½ red onion, finely chopped
- 2 chopped jalapeno peppers
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 clove garlic - minced
- juice of 1 lime
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.