Condiments, Sides, Snacks

hot n’ spicy salsa

May 16, 2010

To market, to market to buy a… load of veggies to whip up some hot n’ spicy salsa.  Mmmmmmm…adds a nice little zing to your paleo dishes.  <Beware…this recipe is highly fresh and super addictive. >  What a gorgeous day it was today!  I hope many of you got out to enjoy the sunshine, in some way, shape or form.  It was one of those days that you really just didn’t want to end…oh and the dose of vitamin D that I desperately needed.  Up until now, I hadn’t made this recipe before.  Prior to this, (for a treat) we used to just get the pre-made salsa from a jar or a container.  I thought to myself, why do we keep buying that ?  I realized I could easily make a version of my own, that is just as flavourful and way more fresh.  It’s also totally Paleo, which is exciting and has no preservatives additives or loads of sodium to boot!

So off to a local produce market (walking distance … just down the street, which is super convenient) I went.  When I got there, I was super excited to see that they had Ontario tomatoes in stock…and they looked and smelled amazing.  JACKPOT!  Literally, on the spot I picked out and threw various veggies into my basket that I thought would meld nicely into the mix for creating this homemade salsa.  Then off to pay for my goods I went.  My husband and I have been going to this little market for awhile now.  It is so nice when they know you as a “regular”.  I love supporting small local businesses like this.  It is also so terrific there (huge turnover), because their produce is always so fresh.  I really enjoy taking the time on the weekends to go around exploring and checking out different local farmer’s markets. We are so fortunate to live in a city that has access to all these wonderful resources.  Take advantage!!!  If you are not from Toronto, do a little research and check out some of the nearest farmer’s markets in your area.  It is the perfect time of year to do so!  Bring on summer…

hot n’ spicy salsa
Recipe Type: condiment, snack
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Yield: many
  • 6 large vine ripe tomatoes- chopped
  • ½-3/4 large white onion- finely diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic- crushed
  • 3 mini-cucumbers- finely diced
  • ½ bell pepper- finely chopped
  • lemon/lime juice- freshly squeezed (I used 2 limes)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper- finely diced
  • 1 hot pepper- finely diced
  • fresh cilanto- chop and add depending on taste, then use to garnish as well
  • fresh ground black pepper and sea salt (optional)
  1. wash all the veggies thoroughly and chop all ingreadients finely (depending on how "chunky" you want it)
  2. mix everything and combine in a bowl
  3. grab some veggies to dip or use as a side or a spread/topping on your favourite meat
  4. enjoy!
If you don't like things hot n' spicy, then you can omit the jalapeno and hot peppers. Regardless, this condiment dish is super light and fresh tasting. Perfect for bbq season or a summertime party. Make sure you allow for a few hours (overnight even better), for this salsa to set in the fridge. This allows all the flavours to combine with one another.

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