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Recipe: Summer Salsa

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Remember how summer used to feel when you were a kid? Day after day of playing outside, swimming, riding your bike, and exploring until it was too dark to see anymore. No plans, just make it up as you go along. Simple and satisfying.

This salsa is like that. Simple, super easy to make, and tastes like you slaved over a hot stove for hours toasting the chilies and spices just right. Nothing wrong with that, but during the dog days of summer, sometimes you just want to make something that you can literally throw together in less than 15 minutes.

Give this salsa a try the next time you’re in charge of chips and dip at the barbecue!

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

6 plum tomatoes (about 2 lb.), cut into 1½” pieces

¼ small onion, chopped

1 garlic clove

1 serrano chile, coarsely chopped

½ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems

1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice or to taste

Kosher salt to taste


Step 1
Heat oil in a medium skillet on medium-high

Step 2
Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly charred, 7–10 minutes. This step makes even the worst grocery store tomatoes taste good


Step 3
While this cooks, add the onion, garlic, chile, cilantro, and lime juice to the blender


Step 4
Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until saucy and juices are thickened, 6–8 minutes


Step 5
Let cool slightly

Step 6
Transfer tomatoes to the blender.  Pulse until mostly smooth but still with some texture

Step 7
Season salsa with salt to taste

It’s seriously that easy, and it tastes amazing still warm and straight out of the blender. Now go outside and have some fun!

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