Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

Entertaining on New Year's Eve and not sure what to serve for an appetizer? You can't go wrong with fresh salsa, which can be modified to suit your spiciness tolerance and taste. Consider this recipe just a jumping-off point; tweak as needed.

See also: Homemade guacamole for a flavor-filled spread on Meatless Monday

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

You will need:

2.5 pounds fresh tomatoes (use heirloom tomatoes for best results) 3 jalapenos 1 red onion 1 lime 1/2 bunch cilantro 3-4 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1 avocado Corn chips to serve

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

1. Peel and deseed (optional) the tomatoes.

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

2. Wash the jalapenos, cutting off the tops; cut in half and deseed (or you can leave the seeds in, depending on how hot you want your salsa).

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

3. Rinse the cilantro and chop off the stems. (It's okay if you leave some stems as long as you get most of them off.)  

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

4. Peel the onion.

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

Throw the tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro and onion into a blender or food processor.

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

5. Cut the lime in half.

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

Squeeze the lime juice into the blender or food processor.

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

6. Peel the garlic and add to the ingredients, along with the salt; blend everything together.  

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

There you go!

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

Put the blended salsa into a container.

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

7. Cut the avocado in half and cube inside its skin.

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

Add to the salsa.

Fresh salsa for a quick appetizer on Meatless Monday

Stir it in and serve it up!



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