Thursday, August 25, 2011

cucumber & zucchini summer salsa

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fact - i took 4 years of spanish

fact - i was addicted to my aunt shelly's chicken enchiladas (well, everyone in my family still is)

fact - my mom & dad ate chips and salsa every single night...they liked to warm their salsa in the microwave, is anybody else weird like that?

i am a fan of mixing salsa into my tofu scramble & omelets, topping burgers and loading up anything that includes daiya & a tortilla

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i still remember the distinct smell in the kitchen the year my mom decided to be betty crocker and can her own salsa
fact - my mom definitely is not betty crocker & that was the one and only year she canned salsa
hmm that came out wrong - my mom is a great cook, but you probably won't find her cooking just for the fun of it


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homemade canned salsa is good and all but fresh salsa is even better
fresh, bright, bold flavors

 
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cucumbers & zucchini are a welcome addition to an otherwise classic salsa
the coolness of the cucumber balances the heat of the hot red rocoto peppers

plus a perfect way to make use of  the abundant zucchini still giving from the garden

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this recipe makes enough to share with a friend

it feels good to give - we all should give a little each day & do a little good for another

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Cucumber & Zucchini Summer Salsa
makes 2 - 16oz jars

you will need:
  • 1 small white onion - diced
  • 2 large tomatoes- chopped
  • 16 heirloom cherry tomatoes (or another large tomato) - cut into quarters of halves
  • 1 hot pepper - i used red rocoto hot pepper. For mild salsa remove the seeds, for a fiery salsa keep the seeds, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber  peeled, seeds removed & chopped
  • 1 small zucchini - about 1/2 cup diced
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • 2 - 16oz canning jars with lids & bands

assembly:
  • Prep, chop, peel, dice all veggies as called for
  • combine all ingredients through salt in a medium bowl
  • mix well & allow to sit for the flavors to meld
  • the salt will help the tomatoes & cucumbers release their juices
  • fill canning jars, top with lid & secure with band
  • store in fridge for up to 2 weeks
enjoy!

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2 comments:

  1. Heather,
    Salsa sounds delicious.. If I remember corretly we made salsa and some of it came out great as long as we did not can it... warm salsa is the best!!!
    Love Mom

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  2. Sounds delish! Can't wait to make it! Thanks for making it sounds fun and simple! :)

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