In her beautiful new book, The Homesteader’s Kitchen, Robin Burnside celebrates fresh, local ingredients with wholesome recipes for everything from fruity smoothies and vibrant salads to satisfyingly simple main dishes. Whether you grow your own vegetables at home or hit up the local farmers market, you’ll find recipes to transform your finds into beautiful and truly nourishing meals.
This heirloom tomato salsa looked particularly delicious for a warm afternoon (and don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post for a chance to win a copy of the book!):
By Robin Burnside
When the tomatoes are heavy on the vine and the farmers markets are overflowing with all the beautiful heirloom varieties, I like to combine a variety of colors, flavors, and textures in a fresh salsa. When purchasing heirloom tomatoes, choose several varieties and sample them throughout the coming week to know what you like and what to buy the next time you shop. Celebrity, Brandywine, Black Krim, Green Zebra, Big Rainbow, Jubilee, and bi-colored Pineapple tomatoes are some of the more common varieties you will find in farmers markets and natural food stores. Using a sharp knife, as well as carefully cutting the tomatoes with the skin side down, will help the delicate vine-ripened tomatoes hold their shape. Serve this enzyme-rich condiment as a dip with corn chips, a garnish for grilled meat, fowl, or fish, or put a scoop in an avocado half and enjoy a fresh and healthy snack.
- 2 cups (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces) assorted heirloom, or other variety, tomatoes
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1 fresh jalapeño, minced
- 1 fresh serrano chile, minced, optional
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, packed
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, gently stir, cover, and let sit at least 10 minutes to marry and deepen the flavors before serving.
Text excerpted from “The Homesteader’s Kitchen” by Robin Burnside. Photograph by Kodiak Greenwood from “The Homesteader’s Kitchen” by Robin Burnside. Reprinted with permission of Gibbs Smith.
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