Everyone has “things” that they’re known for. Some good, some bad.
From the first time I made this Baja Fresh Grilled Salsa about 2 years ago, I’ve been “known” for salsa. Of course I have Biz to thank for this amazing recipe, and if there’s one thing that woman can do right…it’s salsa. If you recall, she was also behind the absolutely delicious Grilled Cherry Salsa.
My mom makes this salsa…a lot. Mr. Prevention SEES tomatoes laying around and asks oh-so-kindly if I can make salsa. He adores this stuff.
I would take this salsa to work back in Columbus and my coworkers ran out of tortilla chips before they came up for air. You’ve been warned! I’m very much so “known” for making salsa…and you could be, too! It’s certainly the time of year for tomatoes…and every other ingredient, come to think of it.
I am also “known” for some bad things. Like speeding while driving, being disorganized, HATING to clean (the kitchen is the only exception), humanizing my dog, and being extremely gullible, to name a few.
If you would ask my old hockey team, they would also tell you I’m “known” for almost scoring goals…but never actually making the puck INTO the net. Two years of hockey and not one goal while playing ice-hockey once a week every week while living in Columbus. I mean, seriously…TWO YEARS?
I played hockey with a new team last night — an all women’s team for the first time since college. We played a team of guys and…I scored! It was pretty cool. As I was walking into the locker room last night, I was handed a beer (a Molson – the same beer my old hockey team drank nearly exclusively…it was a sign!) from the coaches. It was quite the warm welcome to hockey in the area and what a killer workout. I haven’t sweat that much on the ice in a long time.
So at least for the time being, I’ll be “known” as the new girl who scored the goal. I can only hope this legacy lives on like people’s love for my Baja Fresh Grilled Salsa!
Baja Fresh Grilled Salsa slightly adapted from My Bizzy Kitchen
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, to coat
6 large tomatoes
1-3 jalapenos (1 for mild, 2 for medium, 3 for hot)
1 onion, peeled and quartered
1/2 head of garlic, top removed (I used 4 cloves)
1 bunch cilantro
1 tsp salt
juice of 1/2 lime
Pre-heat grill to medium heat. Coat tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, and garlic in olive oil.
Grill vegetables until they are charred, but not falling apart. Place all ingredients (including cilantro, salt, and lime juice) in a blender and blend until smooth-ish. Serve with your favorite tortilla chip.
Yield: ~6 cups (24 servings, 1/4 cup each)
Nutrition Information (per 1/4 cup): 17 calories; 0.45 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 97 mg. sodium; 2.8 g. carbohydrate; 0.7 g. fiber; 0.6 g. protein
Result: Classic but always a hit. This could not be easier to make and people go crazy for it. I think the best part is that it actually gets better (and spicier!) the longer it sits so you can make it ahead of time. It is all whole foods and the flavor comes from the fresh ingredients and the grilled char. Now is the time of year to stock up on those tomatoes and makes some salsa. If you’re into canning…all the better! Enjoy!
The weekend FLEW by. How does that happen? At least I’m excited for another busy work week of learning the ins and outs of my new role