Sunday, August 28, 2016

Herbed Salsa #SundaySupper

Every year when I plant my garden I have four "big things" in mind: roasted beets (and their versatility both sweet and savoury), carrot cake, lemon balm chicken and salsa. I have always loved the chunky, spicy condiment, and I totally credit (or blame) my parents for crafting my iron stomach for peppery heat - whether fresh or dried, chilies are really the only peppers I like! 

This year I really got my garden aligned with salsa-making.    

Herbed Salsa

The goodness of fresh cilantro, garlic, lemon balm and lime finds a home with roasted peppers, tomatoes, Egyptian onion and a good hit of lime all came together in a "Summer Saturday" marriage of flavours. A bite of this chunky, spicy dip is full of the brightness of the season, and works even if your tomatoes died out in the drought or fell victim to blossom-end rot this year (had my fair share of both)... a can of salt-free diced tomatoes makes an admirable stand-in for the fresh ones, and if you don't like the "edge" of tomato skin in your salsa, opening a can gets you out of the blanch-peel boat too. Personally, I go canned unless my tomatoes are practically bleeding their juicy sweetness, in which case I make sure to use at least double the amount - I know I'll eat half!


Cilantro,  garlic, lemon balm and lime... any guesses?
Mmm, herby!


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Herbed Salsa
Makes ~3 1/2 cups, 14 (¼ cup) servings
¾ cup chopped cilantro
½ cup chopped lemon balm
4 cloves garlic
¼ cup lime juice
Zest of 1 lime
1 (28-oz) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained (reserve juice)
1 small red pepper, diced
2 hot yellow (banana) peppers, diced
¼ cup minced green onion (I used Egyptian onion bulbs and greens)
½ tbsp smoked salt
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp oregano
  1. In a food processor, combine the cilantro, lemon balm, garlic, lime juice and lime zest until pasted. Set aside.
  2. Heat the broiler.
  3. Spread the drained diced tomatoes and diced peppers on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Broil for 10 minutes, until beginning to blacken.
  5. Remove from the oven and transfer to a pot.
  6. Add the herb paste, green onion, salt, cumin and oregano, along with tomato liquid
  7. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes.
  8. Can in a waterbath for 10 minutes.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 14.0
Total Fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 254.0 mg
Total Carbs: 3.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
Protein: 0.6 g