May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, which is a great excuse to enjoy Mexican-inspired food and drinks. A simple roasted tomato salsa makes a delicious accompaniment to many dishes, from quesadillas to tacos. Or, just enjoy it with some tortilla chips and a margarita or Mexican beer.
Tomatoes are not in season right now but high quality greenhouse-grown cherry tomatoes are available in the produce section of most grocery stores. I usually use Canadian-grown Savoura brand cherry tomatoes but any kind will do as long as they’re ripe. A quick roast in the oven enhances their sweetness and adds a bit of delicious char. You can add additional jalapenos and hot sauce for a hotter salsa.
Roasted Tomato Salsa
Makes about 1 cup
For the roasted tomatoes and onions:
- 2 cups (400 grams/ 14 oz.) cherry tomatoes, stems removed
- 1/2 small red onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 Tablespoon neutral oil such as canola or safflower
- A generous sprinkling of salt
- Parchment paper
To finish the salsa:
- 1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped pickled jalapeno peppers (or to taste)
- 1 large clove garlic, very finely minced
- 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) finely chopped fresh cilantro (optional – a lot of people don’t like it so you can omit it if desired)
- Salt, to taste
- Extra hot sauce, to taste (optional)
To roast the tomatoes and onion:
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, add the tomatoes and onion chunks. Toss with the oil and a generous pinch of salt until they are coated.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure the paper goes up the sides of the rim so it catches any juices from the tomatoes.
- Roast the vegetables for 25 minutes or until they are softened and slightly charred. Carefully lift the parchment paper and pour the contents into a large bowl. Let cool completely.
To finish the salsa:
- Use a spoon to break up the tomatoes and their skins, leaving the sauce slightly chunky.
- Add the chopped jalapenos, garlic, lime juice, cilantro (if using) and salt to taste. Stir together until smooth. Add additional hot sauce if desired.
Bon Appétit and Enjoy!
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