• 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 heaping tbl of fresh parsley
  • 1 heaping tbl of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lime zested with it's juice
  • 2 tsp sriracha

i have fond memories of hunting through my uncles tomato plants as a child.

we used to swim at his house almost every weekend during the summers. i’d swim for like an hour and then sneak off with my towel and head straight for the garden.

i used my towel as a bag and filled it up with with tons of little bright red cheery tomatoes. i’d sneak over to the basil plant and grab a couple leaves on the way out. then i would sneak into the kitchen and grab some salt…from there, i would sneak around to the other side of the house so no one would see me.

warm, sweet tomato juice dripping down your chin…the hint of basil…the seeds that dripped all over your bathing suit basically showing evidence of what you just did. there was no way to get out of it, but i didn’t care. nothing beats tomatoes off the vine in the summer. nothing.

now a days i do pretty much the same, but there is no sneaking because it’s my garden. i fold up my skirt and drop handfuls of tomatoes in popping one in my mouth from time to time and remembering childhood, remembering the tomatoes, remembering the feeling of freedom and the warmth of the sun.

nothings beats tomatoes this time of year. maybe it’s the memories, but mostly it’s because nothing beats a warm juicy tomato from your garden.

garden summer salsa

  1. to a food processor add all your ingredients and blend to your desired consistency

i used¬†sriracha here because it’s easier to control the spice, especially if you are serving it to your family. jalapeno’s or any type of hot pepper are a little less consistent i find for “family” salsa. if you are making this for a adults or you have children who love spice, go ahead and use a hot pepper. add a little at a time and taste until you reached the amount of spice you can handle.


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