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Recipe for Green Tomato Salsa

You may be familiar with salsa verde, the green salsa made with a base of tomatillos, the papery-husked cousins of the tomato. They’re not available everywhere, but if you can’t find these in your market or happen to have some green tomatoes around from your garden, you can make something a bit different but just as good with this recipe for green tomato salsa.

Green tomatoes are not something you will always find at the grocery store either, but if you grow tomatoes yourself, then chances are that you will have plenty of green tomatoes around throughout the growing season. If you love the flavor of roasted tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, this may just end up being one of your favorite recipes for green tomato salsa.

It’s a little more work to prepare than some other salsas, but the end result is a richly flavored, complex salsa, which is more than worth the amount of time and effort you will need to invest in its preparation. You may even find yourself picking unripe tomatoes just to make this salsa once you discover it for yourself.

As well as the green tomatoes you will need onion, jalapeños, garlic and lime, typical ingredients in Mexican salsa. The vegetables are roasted before you use them, which is not something you do in other salsa recipes, at least not most of them, but it brings out the lovely flavors, plus softens the green tomatoes to give them a nice texture.

The onions and garlic do not need to be peeled before roasting. They will soften in the oven and the papery skins will come off easily afterwards. Once all the ingredients are ready to use, it is time to combine everything in your food processor to make the salsa the right consistency, either chunky or smooth, or somewhere between the two. You are the cook so it is up to you how you want the texture of this to be, and you can also decide how spicy you want this salsa, or how mild.

Roasted Green Tomato Salsa
Summary: Roasted green tomatoes are combined with other vegetables, as well as garlic and lime, to make this wonderful salsa, which is pureed to smooth or chunky perfection.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 4
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  • 8 green tomatoes
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers (adjust quantity to taste)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, for broiling
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees and oiling a large baking dish.
  2. Slice the onion, tomatoes and jalapenos lengthwise, leaving the skin on the onion.
  3. Place the onions, peppers, and tomatoes on the baking sheet, cut side down.
  4. Add the garlic to the dish, unpeeled.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes and remove from the oven, allowing to cool until the vegetables can be handled safely.
  6. Peel the onions and garlic and mince.
  7. Dice the tomatoes and jalapenos and add to a food processor along with the onions and garlic (if you do not have a food processor, you can simply chop the ingredients a little more finely and have a chunkier salsa).
  8. Pulse until the salsa is smooth but not completely pureed.
  9. Add lime juice, salt and refrigerate for two hours before serving.

Photo Description:

Green tomatoes are the main ingredient in this lovely salsa. Combined with onion, cilantro, garlic and lime, as well as chilies, this is a fabulous condiment. The special thing about this is the vegetables are roasted before being pureed in the food processor, and not only does this bring out their lovely flavor but it also brings out a nice sweetness and softens the texture a bit. Green tomatoes make a change from red ones, so if you are looking to change up your usual salsa a bit without making it too different, this would be a good recipe to try out.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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