Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cooking through my CSA: Tomatoes & Hot Peppers (VeganMoFo)

Fresh, organic produce galore!

I have been lucky enough to get a batch of ripe, juicy tomatoes in every single one of my CSA boxes since I began participating a couple months ago.  In my box this go-around was a letter from Suzie’s Farm letting its shareholders know that we should be prepared for fall produce and relish this last batch of tomatoes before us. 

With this in mind and with a basket of assorted hot peppers in my box, I just had to make a spicy fresh tomato salsa.

Of course, you can enjoy homemade salsa year-round by using canned diced tomatoes and pickled jalapenos when you don’t have fresh tomatoes and peppers on hand.  I do this often and it’s quite tasty.  There’s just something so special to me about a summer (it still feels like summer here in SoCal) salsa that utilizes fresh in-season produce.  I used quite a few peppers in this because 1) I had an assortment with varying heat levels and 2) I like my salsa spicy!  Adjust the amount of peppers you use depending on what you have on hand and your personal tastes.  

2 lbs fresh tomatoes, diced OR 2 cans diced tomatoes
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
5-7 hot peppers or the equivalent in canned jalapenos, finely chopped
½ red onion, finely diced
Juice of 2 limes
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt to taste (I like garlic or seasoning salt best)

1.  In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. 
2.  Taste to see if it needs anything more.  

3.  Devour with your favorite tortilla chips, in burritos, with beans, on quesadillas, etc.  


  1. That is one rocking CSA and I'm loving the salsa.

  2. This looks absolutely delicious - chips with salsa has been my snack of choice lately.. something about it is so refreshing. Cannot wait to try this!

  3. Gorgeous, vibrant salsa! Your CSA box is magical.

  4. That hot pepper mix looks gorgeous and I love the look of that fresh salsa! Yum!

  5. I love homemade salsa and pico!
    That looks delicious :)