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Simple Summer Salsa Recipe

One of my favorite skits on Seinfeld was when George and Jerry were sitting at the booth in the coffee shop discussing salsa as a condiment. It went something like this:

George: Salsa is now the number one condiment in America.
Jerry: Do you know why? Because people like to say salsa. Do you have any salsa? We need more salsa! Where is the salsa?  No salsa?

While Jerry certainly makes a valid point -- salsa is fun to say -- there is more to this condiment than the way it rolls off the tongue. Like any tasty treat, the most important aspect of salsa is the way it tastes on the tongue. What I love about this simple summer salsa recipe is that it is full of fresh, bright summer tomato flavor with a hint of spice and a splash of citrus. It’s light and cool and bright -- everything I’m looking for in a meal in the summer heat of Arkansas. Perhaps the best aspect of this recipe is that every ingredient except the lime can be locally sourced. Sometimes it’s difficult to find local cilantro in the summer, since it’s a cool season crop, but it is easily found at grocery stores or it can be omitted altogether.

Simple Summer Salsa


Ingredients
5 medium slicing tomatoes
½ cup diced white onion
1 medium jalapeno, seed removed and finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, lightly chopped (optional)
½ lime
salt to taste

Instructions
Core tomatoes and remove any bad spots. Run the tomatoes through a food processor for a few seconds so that they are still a little chunky.
Place all ingredients to a large bowl and combine well. Salsa can be served fresh but it’s best to let it sit at least 2 hours in the refrigerator before serving for the fullest flavor.

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