Salsa Garden Fresh


As one who struggles to feed a family everyday, the summertime garden bounty is welcomed and a new appreciation for summer has been born. Only a few short years ago I would have never attempted any home versions of salsa instead spending money I didnt have to buy store versions only to find out they are full of 'extra' ingredients for a longer shelf life while not doing any favours to our health. Last year I started my own small garden.  Due to finances and the cost of creating something bigger, this year I got involved in the community gardens on Lyons Street through mental health. The result has been a lot of  'looking up' and Youtube videos  learning what to do with this vegetable or that herb. The ton of free meals has been eye opening to say the least not to mention nutritious and delicious and the only way for me to have access to an abundance of healthy real food at this time in my life. I guess I feel lucky to be living in poverty and to have found my way to healthy food not just in spite of but because of my situation. 

Ingredients (everything except the cumin, salt, pepper and the lemon juice was free from the items I receive each week from the commuinity gardens on Lyons)

Prep time is about 5 minutes

3 cups chopped tomatoes 
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 
1 cup onion, diced 
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro 
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
4 teaspoons chopped fresh jalapeno pepper 
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cut or process ingredients to desired chunk size, then drain in fine mesh strainer.  Serve