Green Tomato Salsa

I had tons of tomatoes all summer. I even managed to save tons more from frost by bringing them inside to finish ripening. But I also had tons of unripe ones that stayed green.

Green tomatoes from my garden. Some of them were too frost bitten to use, but others were just a little frost bitten and they worked great in this recipe

Green tomatoes from my garden. Some of them were too frost bitten to use, but others were just a little frost bitten and they worked great in this recipe

I couldn’t just throw them away and I don’t like “fried green tomatoes”. So I looked around online and found this fab recipe for green tomato salsa. I adapted it to use ingredients I had on hand and it was delicious!

Here’s how I did it:

  • 9 green tomatoes, cored and quartered

  • 1/2 medium-sized yellow onion, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 1 heaping tsp Sambal Oelek chili paste

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/3 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped

  • Ingredients for Green Tomato Salsa

    Ingredients for Green Tomato Salsa

Combine the green tomatoes, onion, chili paste, garlic, salt, cumin, olive oil, and water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down and cook covered on a medium-low  twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in and simmer for five or ten minutes the lemon juice, sugar, and cilantro. Season to taste.

Cooking the Green Tomato Salsa

Cooking the Green Tomato Salsa

Let it cool off a little then puree it in a food processor to the consistency you like. You’ll need to let it cool all the way down before you eat it, it’s not that great warm.

We had it with fresh tortilla chips. Then later in the week I added ithe rest of it to some tortilla soup for some extra kick.

I don’t have any more green tomatoes, but if I did, I’d for sure make more of this salsa.

Green Tomato Salsa and fresh tortilla chips. Yum!

Green Tomato Salsa and fresh tortilla chips. Yum!