2.15.2009

a very simple salsa

salsa I'm newly obsessed at the moment. Once I start eating this, it is difficult to stop. Luckily, it only requires a bit of chopping, a squeeze, and a pinch to prepare. It's anything but fussy, and other than the taste, that's the best part. Put it with steak, chicken, shrimp, tofu, scallops; perhaps in a warmed (semi-burnt) tortilla with a bit of chipotle, and life becomes good, very, very good. To start, find the best quality onion you can. You're going to be eating a lot of it, and it's raw. Choose an onion that is preferably a bit sweet, definitely not too overly pungent, unless you prefer it. Chop it finely, or however you see fit, to suit your needs. I prefer things a bit rustic, although I do suppose I tend to defer to loud tummy growls. Then find at least one very fresh bunch of cilantro, and crisp it up even a bit more by soaking it in ice cold water for no more than 15 minutes. Allow to dry. Finely chop, similarly to the onion. The size of cilantro bunches, tend to not equal the size of an onion or vice-versa. I like to try to have equal parts of cilantro to onion, which of course, never really works precisely - it's just one of those close enough kind of things. It's okay, trust me! The same goes for the lime, olive oil, and the salt. This is not fancy food, so I'm not going to pretend that there is anything remotely refined about it. Just add a little of this, and a little of that. If you like the end result, then it's like couture salsa just for you. Just be sure to use fresh lime, and a good quality sea salt, or kosher salt (an absolute must!) For a larger onion mixed with 2 bunches of cilantro, combine with the juice of approximately one lime, 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Do be sure to have many tortillas on hand, they don't last long!

11 comments:

veggiecamper said...

Just stopping by to say I really enjoy your blog, especially your photography. All very simple & stylish :-)

VeggieGirl said...

SALSA!!! I seriously put it on everything, haha :-D

Veronica said...

mmm chimichurri. It makes a great steak marinade.

As always, the photography is gorgeous.

talesofexpansion said...

yummmm, that salsa looks SO fresh and delicious!

imadedinner said...

I love that type of salsa...its my favorite thing to put on steak tacos!

Nik Edgerton said...

This is exactly the way I make it. Inspired by years of eating it nearly daily from the taco trucks in San Diego, I make this version of Pico De Gallo at least once a week. It is perfect for snacking, with home made Carnitas, or as a topping for a number of dishes. Last night I served it over Panko crusted grilled Pork Chops with a light cilantro lime and red leaf lettuce salad on the side. Sometimes, I like to add a little garlic, as I enjoy the bite. Thanks for sharing...

healthydelicious said...

yum! my favorite Mexican restaurant serves something like this with my favorite entree... I'll have to try this!

The Duo Dishes said...

Great idea for a tortilla spread!

Sasha said...

It's the simplest things that always taste so good. I can't wait to try this!

lisaiscooking said...

Fresh salsa is a dangerous thing for me. It's completely addictive!

Olga said...

This looks really good and simple.
I'm glad I'm not the only person who gets obsessed over such things :)

Thanks for your comment on my potato salad: I dare you to make it this weekend! You are not going to regret it :)

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