Shop bought salsa never hits the spot for me. There is always that artificial taste which lacks a depth of flavour and lets down a meal, particularly if everything else on the plate is homemade with good quality ingredients. Even when eating out at a restaurant (or getting a home delivery!) I can tell if their ‘home-made’ salsa is really from a jar.
Also, have you seen the refined sugar content in a shop bought jar??!! Many home-made recipes also call for a large amount of sugar; so let me introduce you to my healthier version using a smaller amount of unrefined sugar. More than just a flavourful sauce, this salsa also packs a nutritional punch which will contribute to your daily intake of vegetables, meaning you don’t have to go easy on it – go on, pile it up and dive in!
This salsa is hot, so I recommend having it in a small bowl as a side to your meal to give the diner the option of spicing up their dish to their desired taste. However, you can easily tweak this recipe by using a milder chilli variety or omitting the hot chilli completely and just sticking with the Jalapeno or other mild/medium chilli in the blended part of the recipe. (Read more about using chillies in my blog post here)
I love serving this salsa on the side of my Quinoa, Butternut squash and Portobello mushroom burrito which I will link here later. Any remaining salsa will keep in the fridge for a few days and can be used as a burger filling, drizzled on a salad or as a dip.