Andrea’s salsa

5 Aug


This recipe evolved through my attempts to recreate the salsa served at the Topanga Cafe in Vancouver.

Andrea’s salsa
(makes about 1 cup)

  • 450g tin of whole tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 a chilli pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup coriander, chopped
  1. Drain the juice from the tin of tomatoes.
  2. Blitz the garlic and chilli in a mini-chopper (or chop finely).
  3. Add the whole tomatoes and pulse until they are broken up, but still have some texture. (Or do this by hand by mashing with a fork.)
  4. Stir in the cumin, lemon juice and salt to taste.
  5. Chop the coriander, and stir it in.
  6. Leave the salsa to sit for half an hour for the flavours to marry before serving.

Salsa and chip

Family score: 8.5 out of 10

2 Responses to “Andrea’s salsa”

  1. wadehorth August 13, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    Whilst you were here I thought that it was lime rather than lemon

    • Andrea August 13, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      I always go with lemon when I can — I find there’s a slightly floral sweetness to lime that doesn’t work as well with the garlic/chilli/cumin flavours…

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