It’s almost tomato season, you guys! Which basically means that it’s ALSO almost the best part of the summer.
You all know what I’m talking about — mid to late August, the days are long, every weekend calls for a beach trip and the humidity sticks in the air for weeks on end. When all you crave is fresh fruit, burgers and ice cream, and there’s nothing a frosty beverage on the beach after a long day can’t cure. It’s this part of the summer EVERY YEAR that without fail makes me wish I lived in a warmer climate so I could enjoy these things all year round.
And thennnn the lazy summer days slip away and I see pumpkin / butternut squash EVERYTHING on the increasingly chilly horizon — and so I forge forward with (sea) salty, bittersweet tears into my other favorite season.
But alas, I digress. Back to the topic at hand: tomatoes. In my mind, they’re considered in season from Cinco de Mayo through at least the end of summer — which means we should all have at least six hundred tomato recipes on hand in order to fully take advantage of their summery, tomato-ey goodness (like this cabby salad! and this cherry tomato vinaigrette!). And so, my homemade salsa recipe has been on repeat lately — do I dare say that it’s becoming my signature dish of the summer?! I think so!
All it takes is a few ingredients from the grocery store (or your garden, which I hope is doing a little better than mine this year), some knife skills and about fifteen minutes, and you’ve got yourself the perfect addition to Taco Tuesday, a casual gathering or even your post-work/pre-dinner snack. Every time I get together with my girlfriends for wine + snacks at someone’s house, this salsa is requested as part of our spread.
Picture this: an epic cheeseboard, endless bottles of rosé and a few good friends. Literally WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?!
Oh, right. Some chips + homemade salsa. duh.
- 4 plum tomatoes
- ½ sweet white onion
- ¼ red onion
- juice from ½ of a lime
- handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Dice tomatoes and onions. Combine in large bowl and add lime juice, cilantro, salt & pepper.
- For best flavor, refrigerate salsa for at least 30 minutes before serving in order to to allow the flavors to meld.
Here’s to the long summer days ahead, friends! Be sure to have some salsa (and a beverage) ready at all times.