homemade tomato salsa

over the years, i have sampled a variety of store bought salsas to serve with crusty breads or even tortilla chips. after many disappointing attempts at gourmet salsas, i have found that my preferences lean toward fresh salsas in the deli section of the market.

since i like the taste of fresh flavors, herbs, and tomatoes, i began experimenting in making my own fresh salsa. here is a recipe for a salsa that can be used on crusty bread or even for dipping.

begin with fresh or canned diced tomatoes. i used the petite diced tomatoes as they speed up the recipe. choose two smaller cans or one large can of diced tomatoes, add fresh herbs from the garden, such as chopped parsley and cilantro, diced green onions, chopped red or white onion, and diced peppers to taste. by adding your own selection of peppers, the recipe can be adapted to your taste. i used sweet red peppers and sweet onion for this salsa. all of these ingredients are added to a saucepan and cooked on the stove top for at least 20 to 30 minutes until the texture cooks down into a salsa consistency.
thoroughly cool the salsa and serve. the salsa can be saved in a glass jar in the refrigerator for about one week to keep the fresh taste and texture.

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