Making Salsa Quick Steps

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Is salsa part of your Mexican meal?  Are you buying yours and want to know the secret to making your own? 

The secret is in the ingredients.  Here I am sharing how to make it and use it in minutes provided you have the ingredients.  I will offer variations to this recipe too.  Use your creative imagination, get the "helpers" around your house to pitch in.  Maybe even take them shopping before the "salsa" preparation begins so they feel like part of the action.

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Mango Salad with dandelion flower and purslane

(both edible weeds)

Quick and Healthy Salsa – Carol Giambri

2-3 large Roma tomatoes

1/4 cup of onions (try any color: red, white, white, purple)

handful of fresh cilantro

peeled 1" slice of lime

2 pieces of fresh garlic

opt: cayenne, pinch or sliver of hot pepper

pinch salt

Note: prefer organic ingredients

In blender or food processor blend seeing some of the ingredients still there.

Mango Salsa – Carol Giambri

2-3 large Roma tomatoes

1/4 cup of onions

handful of fresh cilantro

peeled 1" slice of lime

2 pieces of fresh garlic

opt: cayenne, pinch or sliver of hot pepper

pinch salt

1/2 of fresh peeled mango

optional: dandelion flower in middle (edible), purslane (weeds here)

Note: prefer organic ingredients

Imagine not having to use your stove on a hot summer night with this salsa?  Eating raw foods keeps the nutrients in.  Give it a try. 

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Decorate your plate with Purslane and eat it all

Use salsa…

as dressing over rice

mixed into salads

dip for chips

in sandwiches

Excited to try making your own NOW? Good time to start is right now…

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Purslane, an edible weed, in my garden

Tip: Add little into fresh salad

Did you know?

Dandelions is great edible "friend" to grow or not "kill" in your garden if it is not sprayed with chemicals.

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My garden weed, dandelions

Here are some benefits to using it:



(Liver/Kidney detox cleanser and used mainly in kidney and liver disorders).

Use dandelions in…

Fresh salads or in freshly added to grains

Decorate in meal and on food plate 

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert. She is obsessed with the garden and eating healthy as a frugal shopper.  At a 12 step program she would probably stand up admitting: "I am addicted and obsessed with the garden and its foods."  She even shops for unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby she enjoys encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living as well as a pet book where her heart still remains having seen so many go to heaven.

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Michelle DeMarco August 26, 2011 at 11:49 am

WOW….this was perfect timing!!!  I've been wanting to make homemade salsa for a while now.  Living in the southwest, it is a staple in our diet!  This looks absolutely delicious!  Have to give it a try!  Thanks so much for the recipe!

Anastasiya Day August 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Carol, this is great! I love salsa :) Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us!

denny hagel August 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Thanks for the great info and recipe Carol! My family loves salsa! :)

Wil August 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Thanks for the great recipe, Carol. It looks yummy.

Jen Bennett August 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Love this and I LOVE salsa!  Thanks so much for trying!  I'll have to give it a try!

Carol Giambri August 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Very welcome Jen and thanks for coming by. The mango was incredible. Never would have I dreamt this was possible, but heard about, but never even tasted. Made and loved so sharing. Thanks for stopping by Jen.

Carol Giambri August 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Wil, the mango one is incredible. Who would have thought mango with tomatoes. I was wrong and now know better. Enjoy and glad to share.

Carol Giambri August 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Denny you are super welcome and hope the mango one is a hit — sometimes best to not say anything to the kiddos. Appreciate your comment.

Carol Giambri August 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Glad to share all tips with you. Hardly any secrets — really none. Hope you try this simple and healthy one. Thanks for stopping here Anastasiya.

Carol Giambri August 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Yeah Michelle this recipe came right in time for you. Growing up in NY I never heard of or tasted salsa. I lived on salads–cucumber, lettuce and tomato; various meats. Sunday was a treat: Hebrew National Hot Dogs at deli as a family event with coke. Thanks for coming here and commenting.

Olga Hermans August 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Carol, we eat a lot of salsa. So, you gave us a recipe that we definetely will try; thanks!

Carol Giambri August 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Olga, glad you will try the recipe. I love the mango one. Never thought I would have mango and tomatoes but will be a permanent one around here.

Solvita August 28, 2011 at 6:48 am

Hi Carol! Thanks for sharing – great combination, printing it out now! Have a great time! :)

Lori Thayer August 28, 2011 at 11:00 am

Yum, I'll definitely be trying this.

Beth Heilman August 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

Great recipes, Carol! I make my own salsa, too and I'm always looking for new ideas. Thanks!!

AJ August 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

It's yummy and fun to say! Salsa!

michele August 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Carol, Thanks for the salsa recipe. It will go great with the salsabol, my son Tom's design!
Keep up the good work. Your blog looks great1

Carla J Gardiner August 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Wow, Carol! I did not know dandelions were edible or a diuretic. They grow like "weeds" here and we don't use pesticides. So, guess we will harvest them and use in salads. Thanks for the anti-aging tip to eat organic and live longer, too.

Carl Mason-Liebenberg August 29, 2011 at 1:50 am

Carol…love the salsa recipe! Been making one similar for yours. My twist…grill/roast the veggies including the mango. Its good eatin'!
Yeah, dandelion greens. Glad to see the recognition as a nutritional element. You are on it!

Carol Giambri August 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

Thanks Carl. Love grill veggies, but hardly do them today. Mainly raw. This salsa is amazing–who ever thought tomatoes and mango is yummy.

Carol Giambri August 29, 2011 at 8:56 am

Carla, dandelions are amazing, healthy, and healing. Wow, talk about these “weeds” people spray and remove. Can buy dandelions at health food store: dandelions believe sold at Whole Foods sometimes.

Pat Moon October 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

Hi Carol,
Thanks for the recipes and also the information about the edible weeds.  We have plenty of dandelions and I believe I have seen the purslane growing.  I am so glad you included photos so I can identify them.  Thanks again for great info.

Carol Giambri October 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

Pat, lucky you to have two weeds around that are edible. Amazing what we can get for free if we know how to identify them, not sprayed and 50′ from traffic. You are welcome for the information and thank you for coming by to read. Much appreciated.

Jennifer December 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

This is almost exactly how I make salsa Carol, and I love it. I haven’t used garlic or mango in my salsa and I love them both, so I will add that to my list next time. Thanks for sharing.

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