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

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!

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.

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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.

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2:32AM PDT on May 1, 2013

Thank you :)

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8:08PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

I love salsa!!

12:40AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Thank you :)

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4:50AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:31AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

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

1:06AM PDT on May 1, 2011


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