I dedicated my entire garden this year to watermelon so I didn't plant any tomatoes or peppers. I love growing watermelon but I've missed having the fresh vegetables growing in my yard. Luckily, I have wonderful neighbors who shared the tomatoes from their gardens with me this year. One of the things that I love to do with the fresh-from-the-garden veggies is turn them into fresh salsa.
I didn't use a recipe for my salsa and I made a few mistakes along the way - it's a work in progress.
I chopped up some fresh tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, bell peppers and a Serrano pepper. I also squeezed in 1/2 lime and sprinkled the mixture with a pinch of salt.
I let this mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight to let the flavors meld. When I took it out of the refrigerator the following day, I tasted it and decided it might be better if I pureed it in the blender. If I had planned to put it in the blender, I never would have taken the time to painstakingly chop the vegetables so precisely. I would have put it all in the food processor and saved myself about 30 minutes. (hindsight is always 20/20)
The salsa was definitely better the second day and I preferred it pureed to the chunky, pico de gallo style. I took some to the pool and let some friends sample it and the consensus was that it need a little sugar and a little more salt. It was good but it still tasted like something was missing - sugar. I think I'll make another batch soon with a little sugar and see how it turns out. I'll keep you posted.