When August rolls around, it seems like the garden explodes overnight. Every day, I bring in loads of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, herbs and more.
I feel rich and wealthy beyond measure! There is something deeply satisfying about growing and eating your own food - your labors of love coming to fruition!
In August, I'm always looking for ways to use up our produce.
My friend Alicia shared this AMAZING recipe that takes advantage of all the good things growing in the garden in mid summer. Fun story - Alicia used to be one of my art students waaaaaaay back in the day when I was a high school art teacher, starting my career fresh out of college. Over the last 12 years, we've still kept in contact and it's been so much fun for me to watch her own family grow.
I think you'll like this recipe as much as we do! I went ahead and doubled the original recipe for you... because, trust me. You'll want a double batch.
Crisp Cucumber Salsa
- 4 cups finely chopped seeded, peeled cucumbers (Note: I'm much too lazy to peel cukes... so I don't and it still tastes/looks great)
- 1 cup finely chopped seeded tomato
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 2 jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 - 3/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
1. Seed and finely chop the cukes, tomatos and jalapenos. Then finely chop/mince the red onion, garlic, parsley and cilantro. Add to a bowl.
2. Gently stir in the sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin and salt.
3. Best served chilled on a hot summer day. :) I love to sprinkle a little lime on my tortilla chips and scoop up loads of this salsa... or just eat it by the bowlful.
What are your favorite summer time recipes for using up your garden fresh produce? I'd love to hear them!