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

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

1. Peel and deseed (optional) the tomatoes. 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). 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.) 4. Peel the onion. Throw the tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro and onion into a blender or food processor. 5. Cut the lime in half. Squeeze the lime juice into the blender or food processor. 6. Peel the garlic and add to the ingredients, along with the salt; blend everything together. There you go! Put the blended salsa into a container. 7. Cut the avocado in half and cube inside its skin. Add to the salsa. Stir it in and serve it up!

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