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Salsa Fresca

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(Recipe ID: 293)

Serves 4 to 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 12 minutes

Source: Chef Joseph Lowery

The fresher the better, not quite as good the next day, but still tasty.


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  • 4 to 6 Serrano peppers
  • 2 Ripe tomatoes
  • 1 Medium purple onion
  • 6 Tomatillos
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced and mashed
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt *
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil *
  • 1 tablespoon Red wine vinegar *
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. Dry-roast serrano peppers in a cast iron skillet.
  2. Chop tomatoes and onion and place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Remove outer skin of tomatillos and parboil for 60 seconds.
  4. Remove from heat, cool, and coarsely chop.
  5. Add to tomatoes and onion.
  6. Remove stems from peppers, chip, and add to mixing bowl.
  7. Remove leaves from stems of cilantro and add whole to the salsa.
  8. Stir in garlic, salt, oil, vinegar, and lime juice.
  9. Salsa Fresca is best served immediately.

Pineapple Salsa:

*Follow the recipe for Salsa Fresca, with the addition of one chopped red bell pepper, and one chopped fresh pineapple.  Also, omit the tomatillos and garlic.

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