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Here’s my recipe for Fresh Salsa:

4-6 tomatoes, chopped
4-6 sprigs of fresh cilantro, leaves chopped and stems discarded
6-10 cloves of garlic, diced, or the equivalent garlic powder
1 medium jalapeƱo pepper, seeded and diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 medium-to-large red onion, chopped

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Put all ingredients in a food processor in the order listed, and pulse until you reach the desired consistency. I leave it fairly chunky, so I pulse about 15 times, scrape the sides once, and then pulse for about 5 more times.

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That’s all there is to it. Under the TurboCharged plan, you really don’t HAVE to make your own salsa. Whatever you buy just can’t have sugar added. I can eat certain brands of Salsa like Tostito’s, but I love the type you can buy at Sam’s in the Deli. Unfortunately, like a whole list of things I was eating in the past, it did not love me back.

I eat salsa on baked potatoes, and Dale eats it as a vegetable dip – mostly cucumbers and bell peppers. I usually make a batch this size twice a week. The recipe can easily be divided by half or quarters. I use 1-2 cloves of garlic for however many tomatoes I have. I love garlic, but too much of it or cilantro can make it very bitter. I also go easy on the salt and then add more on my potato if necessary. I was using sea salt for a while because of the free flowing chemicals found in regular salt (sigh) but it changed the taste, so I went back to regular salt.

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