Fresh Garden Salsa

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I took a poll on my Instagram stories earlier today asking if you all wanted the recipe for a decadent dessert we had at Christmas (that we call Death by Chocolate) or the recipe for this Fresh Garden Salsa. The salsa won by a landslide! I guess we are all ready for some healthier foods after eating lots of sweets over the holidays, and that’s perfectly okay. 🙂 Don’t worry — I will definitely share the Death by Chocolate recipe soon too! No, it is not healthy, but it is damn good, and good for the soul.

With that being said, I hope you all allowed yourselves to enjoy a variety of foods for Christmas — whether they were sweet, cheesy, salty, chocolatey, or whatever — free of any guilt. Food is meant to be enjoyed and it’s a great way to connect with the ones we love, especially over the holidays! Please don’t be ashamed of any of your choices or feel the need to “make up” for anything you ate over the past week or past month. Simply try to continue to make choices that respect your body and make you feel your best. No one else can decide what that looks like for you!

Maybe that means getting back into your typical workout routine, or giving yourself a few more days to rest and get reorganized after the chaos of the holidays. Maybe that means doing some meal planning to get healthier meals on the table that make you feel good, or finishing off leftovers from the holidays so as not to waste perfectly good food! Again, do what you gotta do. Don’t overthink it! The holidays are just a short segment of the year in the grand scheme of things. If you were having any anxiety about your choices, I hope you are feeling much better after my little pep talk. ; )


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Now that Christmas is behind us I’m just over here thinking, “Is it spring yet?” Christmas is definitely the highlight of winter for me, and once it passes I’m immediately dreaming of warmer and longer days. Unfortunately, in Kansas, that won’t be happening for several more months. I’m sincerely hoping the groundhog pulls through for us this year.

In the meantime, I’ll be over here making recipes that make me feel like it’s summertime, like homemade fresh salsa! For Christmas Eve this year we decided to have a Mexican-themed dinner spread, which was basically the best idea ever. Mexican is so easy and it’s always a crowd pleaser. We had everything from chicken enchiladas to grilled shrimp, steak fajitas & veggies, crockpot chicken tacos and of course, fresh guacamole, my salsa, and so much more. It was freaking delicious.

This salsa recipe has been on my “side dishes & dips” page for years, but I don’t think it has ever gotten the attention it deserved. I’m getting so much closer to having all my old recipes updated with new photos that aren’t absolutely awful. #foodbloggerproblems : \ I’m also updating the format of all of my recipes so you can easily print them if needed, and all the steps & ingredients are nice and neat and easy to read. Be patient with me; it’s a process. Getting them all updated is on my list of New Year’s Resolutions!

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This recipe is so incredibly easy, and once you make it, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t been whipping up your own salsa all along. It just tastes SO fresh and delicious, and takes 20 minutes or less from start to finish. It’s also easy to customize based on your personal preference (AKA how spicy or non-spicy you like your salsa).

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I have a Ninja Blender (which I love, especially for things like this), so I have to do minimal work prior to throwing it all in the blender. I wash all the veggies, cut the stem and remove the seeds from the mini sweet bell peppers, throw in the cherry tomatoes whole, cut the onion in fourths, and blend along with the spices, cilantro & lime juice. If you are in the market for something like a Ninja Blender, I’m linking the set that I have. It’s $150 and comes with a few other attachments, including a food processor and a few smoothie cups. I love my Ninja, and it’s way more affordable than other similar options, like Vitamix. It works great and all the pieces are dishwasher safe. Downside: it’s bulky and a little tough to store, but we make it work, even in our little kitchen. I mostly use my Ninja for things like this, muffins, black bean brownies, etc., and I stick with my NutriBullet for smoothies!  (It’s on sale for $50 right now).

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Okay, recipe time!

Fresh Garden Salsa

Store-bought salsa is good, but homemade salsa is WAY BETTER. It's just so fresh. You can make this salsa as sweet or spicy as you want. If you are looking for a sweeter salsa, use mini sweet bell peppers. If you’re looking for a spicier salsa, use regular bell peppers, and add extra jalapeño peppers and chili powder/cayenne pepper. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fresh salsa, homemade salsa, plant-based, salsa, vegetarian, veggies

Ingredients

  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes ~12 oz
  • 12 small sweet bell peppers
  • 1 medium red or white onion
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 jalapeno peppers optional, for spicier salsa
  • 3-4 tsp of chili powder optional, for spicier salsa
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper optional, for spicier salsa

Instructions

  • Wash all produce thoroughly and dry using a paper towel.
  • Chop tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos and onions and add to bowl. 
  • Chop the long stems off the cilantro, and tear off the leaves. Chop up finely and add to vegetables.
  • Cut limes into wedges and squeeze lime juice over the top of the vegetables.
  • Add cumin, salt and pepper, and chili powder and cayenne pepper (if desired).
  • Add to blender or food processor and pulse until you reach the desired texture.
  • Serve with multigrain chips or over tacos and enjoy!

Notes

If you have a Ninja or other strong blender/food processor, you don't have to do much chopping in advance. Let the blender do the work for you!

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PS: these Simply Nature Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips from ALDI are bomb. Highly recommend.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram at @wellnessforthewin and hashtag #wellnessforthewin if you try out this recipe so I can see! 🙂

Enjoy!

XOXO,

Shanna

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