Garden impatience: green tomato salsa.


I like salsa.

I like salsa a lot.

Every year I get impatient, waiting for my tomatoes and peppers to be ripe.

We had our first few ripe hot peppers this week, though our tomatoes are still way green. And I thought, why not green tomato salsa?

Turns out it’s tasty!

Just chop a few green tomatoes and a bunch of onions (I used about a one-to-one mix), add some chopped hot pepper and garlic, maybe cilantro or epazote, a bit of lemon juice or vinegar, salt to taste, and call it salsa!

PS I have my camera talking to my new computer now, so I’ll be posting a bunch of local meals soon…


  1. LB said,

    July 17, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

    So, do you guys grow most of your veggies?

  2. The Herbwife's Boyfriend said,

    July 17, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

    nah. If we did, then R couldn’t buy something from everyone at every farmers market within fifty miles.

    By the way, you should sauerkraut that cabbage.

  3. ani said,

    July 18, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

    um looks like a lot or raw onions. phew

  4. lb said,

    July 19, 2008 @ 9:11 am

    Yeah I know. That is what Starrhillgirl did. I don’t like sauerkraut. I am a picky thing!
    I have no one but myself to blame. Don’t think cabbage freezes well. Guess I’ll have to eat it! Got another pretty purple one today.

  5. crabappleherbs said,

    July 21, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

    Ani — I used fresh onions, so they weren’t too strong. But it’s true, I do like raw onions.

    LB — I think you could freeze cabbage if you blanched it first. Have you tried that? (And, yes, the boyfriend is right — no matter the size of my vegetable garden, I could never give up my farmers’ market habit.)

  6. LB said,

    July 24, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

    I may have to do a freezer experiment. I doubt the parade of cabbage is over yet!

  7. Tracey said,

    July 29, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

    oh, yum! always looking for new salsa ideas. thank you for writing about this – glad you are back . . .

  8. Tracey said,

    July 29, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

    p.s. love the bowl . . .

  9. shannon said,

    August 5, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

    i heard that green tomatoes contain anti nutrients that must be cooked in order to deactivate, as in they are minor toxins. true/false?

  10. Heidi said,

    August 15, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

    Oh yummy, thanks for this. I never would have had the guts to do it myself, but brilliant idea!

  11. Gigi said,

    August 18, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

    Tomatoes are in the nightshade family. The green tomatoes (and others such as potato eyes..) do have toxins. Just be careful/moderate in your use. I haven’t heard if heating helps, but a search on nightshades might be of interest ….Especially if there are any problems with arthritis or nervous system in your family/self.

    I haven’t tried it yet, but how bout a handful of that cabbage in a salsa for sweet crunch.

  12. crabappleherbs said,

    September 9, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

    I don’t have any worries about toxins in green tomatoes, especially considering they’re not the center of my diet.

  13. mapa said,

    October 6, 2014 @ 6:13 am

    great blog :)! I really like it!

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