Monday, July 05, 2010

Summer Veggie Salsa

As much as I adore summer fruit, summer veggies make my heart melt too.

Summer Veggie Salsa

This salsa has been my mom's go-to summer party dish for as long as I can remember, from a cookbook by family friend Diane Worthington. It's a bit time-consuming (be prepared to make best friends with your knife if you're not already), but worth it in a meditative kind of way. This is the kind of dish that lets the veggies speak for themselves, and makes me so excited to move back to California next week. Light, fresh, and oh-so-summery!

This salsa could easily be served on its own as a salad, or as a topping for grilled chicken, fish, or steak. Use your imagination!

Side note: As always, I've left out the [abhorrent] cilantro. That green cilantro-looking stuff in the photo is Italian flat-leaf parsley. If you're a fan of cilantro, knock yourself out. Just don't try to serve me any!

Summer Veggie Salsa
Adapted from The California Cook by Diane Rossen Worthington
Printable Recipe
Serves a crowd

1 lb tomatoes (I used cherry heirloom), diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
1 medium orange bell pepper, diced
1/2 lg. carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 cup corn kernels (about 1 medium ear)
2 T finely chopped cilantro (optional)
2 T finely chopped Italian parsley
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 T fresh lemon juice
1 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 medium avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Garnish: extra cilantro or parsley leaves

1. Combine all the ingredients except the avocado in a medium mixing bowl. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (but no longer than 4 hours)

2. Just before serving, add the avocado and adjust seasoning if necessary. Garnish with cilantro or parsley leaves and serve with fresh tortilla chips.


Jenn said...

Oooh yum! I love to see something different in a salsa, and this looks perfect! I love summer veggies too...once strawberry season is officially over I'll go back to loving veggies again :)

Heidi said...

Homemade salsa is a weakness of mine! Love the addition of corn and celery! Will be trying this for sure.

kara said...

That looks so good!
Wish I lived on an Avocado tree farm : )

Melissa said...

This looks amazing! I have never seen a salsa mix with all these ingredients- will definitely have to try!

Lindsay said...

My husband hates cilantro too - it tastes like soap to him.

This looks wonderful! Now I just need a summer party to attend so I can make it!

Amanda said...

Oh, yum. This looks so fresh and inviting. Great mix of flavors also.

grace said...

it's so pretty, i won't take offense at your cruel assessment of my beloved cilantro. :)

skr said...

Salsa is absolutely one of my most favorite things to make & eat. Yours is beautiful! ;]

Natalie said...

LOVE how colorful & fresh this looks. Totally making this, but with the cilantro ;)

michelle @ blissful musings said...

Yum. Anything that involves salsa gets my attention. Good luck moving!! Hopefully I see you soon!

Katie said...

I can not stand cilantro! I like finding someone who feels the same, because everyone I know cooks with MUCHO cilantro.

Sarah said...

Sounds fabulous and fresh. Can't wait to try it.

Mary Ann said...

When I saw this picture, I couldn't resist trying this.
I just made it and it is really delicious. Thanks for sharing such a great, fresh summer recipe. Yum!!

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