Not Your Grandma’s Salsa

by Her Happy Balance on January 8, 2013

One of my New Year’s goals this year was to pack more creative lunches to take to work. Usually I save this recipe for the summertime when corn and tomatoes are in season, but I’ve been having a craving for something fresh tasting recently and knew this would be the trick.

Here's what you'll need

Here’s what you’ll need

Not Your Grandma’s Salsa:

6 plum tomatoes

1 large sweet onion

1 lime

1 jalapeño pepper

1 can of black beans

1 can of corn

1 bunch of cilantro

1 clove of garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Chop up the onion and tomatoes and set aside in a bowl. Drain one can of corn and add that to the mix (if corn is in season, you can substitute 1 cooked ear). Drain and rinse one can of black beans, you don’t want the black goo going into your salsa, and put it in with your other veggies. Take your lime and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds (this will help you to obtain more juice from it) and then juice it over the bowl. Remove the seeds from the jalapeño and chop it up into tiny, minuscule little pieces. Warning: do not touch your eyes or nose after cutting up the pepper. I made the mistake of itching my nose after chopping one once and immediately turned into a fire breathing dragon. It was legitimately horrendous. Add 1 clove of minced garlic and lots of salt and ground pepper. For the final step, chop up some cilantro (I like to use a lot) and mix it in. Voila. Enjoy!

Just look at all of those colors :)

Just look at all of those colors 🙂

I served the salsa on top of chicken that I had baked in the oven with some olive oil and took it to work for lunch on Monday and today.  This recipe makes a lot so I had enough to stash in a small bowl in the fridge for a snack. You could also mix the salsa into omelets or just serve it up with some tortilla chips.

Thoughts?

Do you pack your lunch or buy it?

Do you have any creative uses for salsa?

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jumpeatrun January 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

Yum! I love salsa and this recipe looks so good! I’ve made it a couple times, but usually just buy the pre-made stuff. I love adding black beans, mango, or pineapple 🙂

Her Happy Balance January 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thank you, it’s even better in the summer when everything is in season! Great idea on how to doctor up some store-bought salsa though, adding some pineapple and mango is definitely an easy and delicious fix!

Maureen January 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

Last summer I really got into making breakfast salads. I would top baby spinach with an egg (fried or poached) and fresh salsa. Delicious. Sometimes I would add some bacon to the mix, even more delicious.

Her Happy Balance January 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I love having spinach salad with a poached egg…I never thought to do it for breakfast before though, that’s such an interesting idea!

The Classy Bee January 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

I always make the mistake of reading your blog before lunch! So tasty looking! Gimmie!

Her Happy Balance January 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

You can totally substitute a little more lime and garlic in and leave the cilantro out (I know you don’t like it) and it still tastes really yummy! And looking forward to lunch time myself…such a slow week!

Cookie Dough Katzen January 8, 2013 at 11:38 am

Looks good! I also like salsa on top of salads. I also recently heard of a great recipe to make banana chips to dip in salsa. That way you get the crunch of a chip without the extra carbs!

Her Happy Balance January 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Thanks! Now you have me craving a taco salad….;) Banana chips in salsa is something I haven’t ever thought of! Let me know if you make the recipe!

Alisha January 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

This looks right up my ally- the spicier the better! Yum!

Her Happy Balance January 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Awesome! Yeah I love garlic and spicy things. Let me know if you give it a try 🙂

jessiebearwhat January 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

mmmm I totally needed new lunch ideas! perfect.

Her Happy Balance January 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Aw thanks! It’s so easy to make too, just chop everything up and mix!

TorontoRunner January 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I’ve loved your blog and am happy following you now 😀

Thank you for the recipe! I used to always go and buy something for lunch, but it really all does add up and ends up costing a fortune. So, I’m more about packing lunches these days but it’s usually a boring sandwich + fruit. Thanks for this!

Her Happy Balance January 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

Aww thank you so much!! I am enjoying exploring your blog as well! Yeah one of my resolutions was to be more creative with lunches, I too was a sandwich and fruit girl. It’s nice to add a little variety 🙂

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