The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa
Fresh summer tomatoes chopped then tossed with onion, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice. The simplest and best way to enjoy summer’s bounty. The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa is bright, juicy and irresistible.
Last night, I found myself with a giant heaping pile of nachos in front of me for dinner. It was hot, sticky and I was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt. (The shirt was really soft though….it didn’t help.) I didn’t feel like cooking and my sister wanted to go out, we had Landon in tow so we needed to find a place suitable for a tired, cranky boy who just spent most of the day on the beach. But refused to take a nap. Even though he desperately needed one. And that’s how I found myself with a mountain of nachos in front of me. The plan was to share it with my sister but once it came out from the kitchen…it was no longer as desirable as it sounded when I ordered it. It was just too.much.stuff. We picked at it and hardly made a dent. I should have taken a picture to show you the ridiculousness of these nachos and posted it on Instagram but I get lazy when it’s hot.
What I really needed was waiting for me right at home. Simple and juicy, The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa is everything summer is about. I’m a tomato snob so this is my favorite time of year. When tomatoes shine all on their own and don’t need to be roasted, toasted or smashed to make them taste good. It’s the time of year when you can slice into a slightly chilled tomato and then salivate because the juices just pour out all over the cutting board. When you can just sprinkle lightly with a bit of sea salt or balsamic vinegar or both….and then enjoy the taste of sunshine dancing on your tastebuds. This is the time of year to make The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa from scratch.
Lime juice is a wonderful thing….just take this little test. Make this Fresh Tomato Salsa….and then stop right before you toss in the lime zest and juice. Take a bite, not stir in the juice and zest. Take another bite. And then another….and another. You’ll know what I’m talking about. Those tomatoes taste amazing on their own but a little hit of acid in the form of lime juice with elevate them to a superior level. It’s a wonderful thing.
With tailgating season right around the corner, you need to have this recipe at the ready. The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa requires no cooking and is ready to eat in just 5 minutes. That’s right. You could be eating summer’s best recipe in less time it takes to order a heaping pile of nachos. Serve with my Grilled Fajita Nachos (less gluttonous than a mountain of diner nachos) and this Spicy Pineapple Guacamole. That’s a total touchdown in my book.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
The perfect refreshing salsa to dip chips or veggies in!
- 3 large plum tomatoes diced
- 3/4 cup diced vidalia onion
- 2 jalapeños seeded and minced
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- zest and juice of one lime
- kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, cilantro, zest and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.