Secrets of Salsa: Five Green Salsa with Garlic and Lime Recipe

This new salsa cookbook began in the morning English classes in an adult school California.

For snacks the Mexican/American women students brought in tomatoes, chilies, cilantro, and onions for their fresh salsas, and the veritable bounty and variation inspired the group to use their salsa stories as a way of learning English! What evolved was not just a lesson of how to make salsa, but of women sharing their stories through the common experience of food.

At the end of the school year fully 25 salsa recipes — and their stories! — were ready for being packaged into this gem of a book!

Although hard to choose any one recipe, I decided to offer here “Five Green Salsa with Garlic and Lime,” created by Martha Ferreyra, to give you a taste of the full flavor of this book!

INGREDIENTS
1 lb. tomatillos (husked)
1 ripe avocado
4-7 jalapeno or serrano chilies
1 lime
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Roast chilies and tomatillos on the grill. Blend garlic first with a little water in blender, or mash using a mortar and pestle. Combine garlic with roasted chilies and tomatillos and blend on low. Mash or cut finely the avocado. Combine avodaco, cilantro and contents of blender in a bowl. Squeeze limeinto salsa and add salt to taste.

This salsa was created seven years ago as a special addition to barbecued goat tacos. Martha is from La Laguneta, Michoacan, and has lived in the U.S. for fifteen years.

Adapted from Secrets of Salsa, A Bilingual Cookbook by the Mexican women of Anderson Valley. Copyright (c) 2002 by The Anderson Valley Adult School. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green Publishing (800) 639-4099.
Adapted from Secrets of Salsa, A Bilingual Cookbook by the Mexican women of Anderson Valley.

18 comments

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 months ago

TYFS.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 months ago

TYFS

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Konstantin Trubin

Thanks!

Stephanie Reap
Stephanie Reap3 years ago

yummy

Edvanir L.
Edvanir L.3 years ago

I love salsa!!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

yum

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robin Rootes
Robin R.5 years ago

I do think this is more guacamole than salsa but it sounds very yummy.