Fresh Basil and Tomato Salsa

Fresh Basil and Tomato Salsa
Recipe by Dragon

Ah, the sunshine! Warm weather is here and it's really starting to feel like spring. We've had a few nights without frost so I will finally plant my herb garden this weekend. I can't wait to have access to fresh herbs whenever I want. Herbs, like the basil I used for this salsa. I know that traditionally, salsa is made with cilantro or parsley but I love the flavour of basil with tomatoes. Try it, you're going to love this salsa too. Enjoy!

Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:
3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced small
1/2 small red onion, diced small
1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced into thin strips
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
zest of one lime
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of chili pepper paste (more if you like it spicy)
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
2 teaspoons extra olive oil
Pinch of sugar

Directions:
1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.

2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

29 comments:

Susan said...

Love, love, love salsa! Just made some myself. Yours has that nice raw crunch and warm Mediterranean flavors. Very handsome in that glazed pottery, too.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delicious salsa! I love that stuff!

Cheers,

Rosa

Priya said...

Delicious Salsa, very colourful!!

Pearl said...

your salsa looks delicious!

Barbara Bakes said...

Great picture. Sounds perfect for summer!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great fresh salsa. We just planted several basil plants this week along with tomatoes. Can't wait for summer; it's my favorite time of the year.
Sam

girlichef said...

I love fresh salsa...this sounds awesome :)

Maria said...

I've never put basil in my salsa, but it is my favorite herb. I can't wait to try it!

Hyperion said...

Makes me feel caliente all over.

LunaCafe said...

What a fantastic shot! It's great to get jazzed for tomatoes. It will be awhile before they are fresh in the Northwest. This sounds yummy!

Peter M said...

Dragon, this reminds me alot of a classic Bruschetta topping...when the tomatoes are ripe, basil fresh...can't be beat!

veggievixen said...

yum! i loooove making fresh salsa, but the basil is such a wonderful addition! perfect for summer.

gaga said...

All the best flavors of summer! That looks delicious!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the combination of tomatoes and basil and this salsa sounds just wonderful and perfect for summer!

finsmom said...

Ive never tried basil in salsa before... I bet it is great!

pinkstripes said...

This looks so good. I just bought tomatoes and fresh basil at the farmers' market last night.

Mindy said...

What a great idea to use basil! I love cilantro, but my husband is getting a little fed up with my fetish, so I may try this next time I make salsa to keep him on his toes! ;-)

Kerstin said...

I've never had basil in salsa before, what a neat idea! It's perfect for all the cilanto haters.

Denise said...

I have fresh Basil in my pot outside...will have to try over the long weekend

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

That stuff looks GOOD ...I got loads of basil growing & I think it's going to taste really yum in a salsa. Brilliant idea...xoxoxo

jasmine said...

Oh it looks wonderful...perfectly paired with grilled chicken for a summer lunch...

j

@ pigpigscorner said...

Yum yum! Great flavour combo! A great dish for the hot weather!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Made some just a short while ago Paula, to go with grilld chciken tenders & French Fogausse for dinner. it's YUM...can hardly stop spooning it into me mouth!

Jackie @ PhamFatale.com said...

You said: "I hope you're hungry." My answer is simple: "Yes, I am". I love salsa. It's my favorite snack. It's flavorful, refreshing and healthy.:P oh btw, thanks for visiting my site.

Joie de vivre said...

I bet the basil tasted wonderful in it!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Love salsas with basil - this one looks very appetizing and refreshing :)

Cheers!

Gera

Sara said...

Love that you used basil here. I planted six basil plants in my garden and 8 kinds of tomatoes, so you can bet I'll be making this soon!

Helene said...

So easy to make and looks delicious. Can't wait for fresh tomatoes.

Amanda said...

With basil! Now that's my kinda salsa!

 
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