February 27, 2011

Spicy Tomato Salsa

Salsa is so easy to make and there are so many recipes, with several possible ingredients to include or exclude. I like to keep things pretty basic for salsa, but most importantly, I really want to taste the tomatoes, and not let the other flavours dominate. This means that using good quality, fresh tomatoes is really important. I like to use cherry or piccolo tomatoes as I find them the most flavoursome.

One crucial aspect of a salsa recipe is the spiciness. It's really easy to alter the spice level, although it may take a few attempts to get it right. Personally, I go for a pretty hot flavour but the milder varieties taste great too.

There are many salsa recipes to choose from, but the recipe below is very quick and easy to make. Serve on a Mexican dinner night, alongside burritos or fajitas.

10 cherry tomatoes, diced
Half tsp chopped coriander
1 tbsp lemon juice
Half red chili, chopped finely
Half spring onion, chopped finely
Salt/Ground black pepper

The best way to do this is to dice the tomatoes then place them on a chopping board. Add the chopped chili, spring onion, and coriander. Now with a sharp knife, chop quickly across the mixture until all the ingredients blend together, without it becoming mushy.

Then, place in a bowl, add the lemon juice, and mix well. Season to taste.

If you prefer a milder taste, you can omit the chili, or simply add less.


  1. I love homemade salsa. Thanks for the tip about chopping across all the mixture at the end to help combine it.