Monday, August 18

Salsa Making From Garden Veggies

Garden veggies
I haven't been posting as much about my little garden this year.  It's mainly because I've been so busy and wrapped up in other things, that I haven't had the time to really nurture it like I did last year.  We're still producing veggies over here, but it's much less photogenic since I've let it get slightly overgrown. Johnny added an additional box for me, so I'm growing out of three large garden boxes now instead of two.  It's getting to the point where I can't keep up with all the tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeños coming out, so it was definitely time to get my salsa on!

I made an AMAZING batch early this week, and tried to recreate it in a larger batch this weekend.  I overdid it on the garlic this time around, but I believe the key to great salsa is to roast everything (except cilantro, of course).  If you are using hot peppers in your salsa, to keep the intensity down, I recommend slicing them in half, scraping out most of the seeds (that's where the serious heat comes from) and then throw them on a pan for roasting.  They have such a great flavor that way!

Garden bounty
I ended up with a pretty giant mason jar full of salsa that needs a little repair (just a few more tomatoes and more more more cilantro-- I can never get enough).  It's a fun process to try and perfect a recipe, and it's nice to give my garden a little more attention as the summer starts coming to an end.

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope your weekend was wonderful!


  1. Yum. Hope you post the official recipe when you've finally mastered it :)

  2. Fresh salsa is one of my favorite things ever! I really love cilantro too ;).


  3. I'm vegan so I love you for making this. What a fab idea! I was just telling my daughters the other day about how I want to start pickling veggies and making more homemade things. Thank you!


    I also wanted to point out, albeit an odd post for it, that I just love your blog. For whatever reason, a few years back I couldn't relate. I have found myself reading your blog more and more and I appreciate your honesty and the fact that you are so darling and down-to-earth. You have found a lifelong reader in me :-)


    Laurali Star

  4. Great idea! Thanks for sharing, now I will go immediately into our garden :)

    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

  5. I love eating things I've grown! I'm going to have to make do with our fortnightly veg box delivery for the moment, but I can dream of growing my own vegetables one day! :)

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

  6. That salsa looks so good! I never actually thought about making a salsa from our tomatoes - we have way too many at the minute being produced, I'm practically throwing them at everyone to eat haha, so I think it's time I gave it a go!
    Have a great week!
    xo April Everyday

  7. I love your pictures! Everything looks so delicious. I have a garden, but I've been a bit lazy this summer. I had enjoyed tons of wonderful tomato sandwiches though and plenty of fresh salads!

    Lara K @

  8. this salsa looks perfect!

  9. Oh yumm, homemade salsa is the best! My dad used to make it all the time from the tomatoes in our garden.

  10. What a great way to make homemade salsa with nothing but the vegetables you have grown. Looks tasty. Thanks for sharing from

  11. Yummy! I can't wait to try it out!


  12. Oh wow! There is visual appeal to that salsa! Looks yummy.
    I do have a question though. We just got a plant of cilantro from some friends and I have absolutely no experience using herbs in cooking. Do you have any favorite recipes or easy ways to use it in ordinary meals? I'd love to learn.


  13. That looks delicious! So jealous you made that not only from scratch, but from your own garden!

  14. Those veggies look amazing!

  15. yum! wish i had room for a garden. it's probably for the best i don't though....i kill house plants left and right soooo...

  16. Looks delicious! I love cooking with plants from my own garden!