Meatless Monday: Farm-fresh, Homemade, Organic Tomato Salsa

One of my favorite “simple pleasures” is strolling through our neighborhood farmer’s

market ooh-ing and ahh–ing over the season’s fresh, local, organic produce.

I never know exactly what I am going to find or what I might decide to haul home and

make something delectable with.

I am always delighted to find garden fresh tomatoes.

There is really nothing quite as wonderful as the taste of freshly-picked tomatoes.

My father used to grow them in our backyard when I was a child and we loved to pick

tomatoes and eat them like candy–sometimes sprinkled with a little salt.

Meatless Monday: Farm-fresh, Homemade, Organic Tomato Salsa

So when I found some lovely ripe, red tomatoes at the market, I just had to buy a few

along with organic cilantro to make fresh salsa.

The best time to make this recipe is at the height of summer when there are plenty of fresh

tomatoes available.

This recipe tastes even better the following day after the flavors have a chance to

meld together.

Homemade Organic Tomato Salsa

Meatless Monday: Farm-fresh, Homemade, Organic Tomato Salsa

Ingredients:

4 medium ripe organic tomatoes, cored and seeded

2 – 3 cloves organic garlic, peeled

Juice from 1 fresh lime (about ¼ cup)

1 – 2 tablespoons fresh, organic cilantro, stems removed and finely chopped

Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Meatless Monday: Farm-fresh, Homemade, Organic Tomato Salsa

Directions:

Meatless Monday: Farm-fresh, Homemade, Organic Tomato Salsa

Cut 3 of the tomatoes into quarters and place in blender or food processor.

Add garlic cloves and half the lime juice.

Pulse until thoroughly combined.

Dice remaining tomato into evenly sized small pieces.

Meatless Monday: Farm-fresh, Homemade, Organic Tomato Salsa

Stir into tomato garlic mixture to create a chunkier texture.

Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro (adjust according to personal preference).

Add remaining lime and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Meatless Monday: Farm-fresh, Homemade, Organic Tomato Salsa

Serve with your favorite Mexican entrée or by itself with crispy tortilla chips.

I love to eat my fresh tomato salsa with raw, dehydrated, zesty flaxseed crackers.

Tomato salsa adds zip to baked potatoes, brown rice, steamed vegetables, beans, salads,

zucchini pasta and many other dishes.

Sometimes I add other ingredients to my salsa–depending upon what I have on hand–

such as fresh cut corn, diced cucumbers, hot pepper, sliced scallions, chopped onions or

black beans.

Enjoy!

Nutritional Benefits of Tomatoes

Red tomatoes, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 74 kJ (18 kcal)
3.9 g
Sugars 2.6 g
Dietary fiber 1.2 g
0.2 g
0.9 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.

(5%)

42 μg

(4%)

449 μg

123 μg
Thiamine (B1)
(3%)

0.037 mg

Niacin (B3)
(4%)

0.594 mg

Vitamin B6
(6%)

0.08 mg

Vitamin C
(17%)

14 mg

Vitamin E
(4%)

0.54 mg

Vitamin K
(8%)

7.9 μg

Trace metals
Magnesium
(3%)

11 mg

Manganese
(5%)

0.114 mg

Phosphorus
(3%)

24 mg

Potassium
(5%)

237 mg

Other constituents
Water 94.5 g
Lycopene 2573 µg

Percentages are roughly approximated usingUS recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Rich Source of Lyopene

Tomatoes contain the carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.

Lycopene, especially in cooked tomatoes, has been found to:

*help prevent prostate cancer

*improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays

*protect against oxidative damage

*help decrease the risk of breast cancer, head and neck cancers

*protect against neurodegenerative diseases

*help lower urinary tract symptoms

*reduce cardiovascular risk associated with type 2 diabetes

What are your favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes?

Do you have a special salsa recipe?

What else do you add to your salsa?

Share your thoughts and comments with us.

Photo source/credit: Handful of tomatoes

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