Roasted Tomato Salsa

Roasted Tomato Salsa

As much as I do like to go out on a Friday night, I also love staying home. Mixing up some fresh margaritas, snacking on chips and salsa, listening to some music, and sitting with my hubby is one of my favorite evenings. It’s just the two of us, without interruptions.

Sometimes, we eat so many chips and so much salsa that we just skip dinner. That’s when you know the salsa is amazing. Yep, that is what happens when I make my Roasted Tomato Salsa.

Roasted Tomato Salsa

 

Right now tomatoes are in season and so perfect. Now, my little tomato plant has yet to give me some red tomatoes, but there are plenty of great ones at the farmers market.

With every fruit and vegetable when it is in season, I get a little crazy. By crazy, I mean I overbuy…big time!

You should see my counter! I have 4 different types of tomatoes waiting to be eaten.  It is probably close to 6 pounds of tomatoes.

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Tomatoes are a great food to eat because they contain lycopene. Lycopene has long studied for its ability to reduce the risk of both cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer. Lycopene works as an antioxidant to protect our cells from free radicals (cause cell, tissue damage, and aging effects) and the formation of LDL fats.

Cooking tomatoes actually increases their health benefits. While fresh tomatoes contain some lycopene, cooked tomatoes contain more because the heat from cooking breaks down cell walls in tomatoes to release lycopene.

Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins C, E, and A, potassium, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and soluble fiber.

 

Roasted Tomato Salsa

I came to realization that I can’t eat so many tomatoes before the get sad. An easy way to use all these tomatoes is to make salsa.

I love roasted salsas. The roasting brings out the best in veggies!

When I make this Roasted Tomato Salsa, the kitchen smells of fresh tomatoes and roasted garlic. Yum!

 

Roasted Tomato Salsa

 

By now, you probably I rarely make anything that isn’t quick and easy and this Roasted Tomato Salsa is no exception. Simply wash off your tomatoes, peppers, and leave the garlic cloves in the skin. Place all of them on a baking sheet and into the oven.

This salsa is super flavorful! If you like crazy spicy, like my friend Kristi at Inspiration Kitchen, you will probably want to add an extra serrano pepper and leave the seeds. I like the flavor, but am a bit of a spice wimp. I take out the ribs and seeds :D

 

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Roasted Tomato Salsa

I use my food processor to blend everything. Plus, it really let you control how thick or thin you want your salsa. I like it to be a little chunky.

So, put all those tomatoes to good use, grab some chips, and dig in!

 

Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

 

 

 

 

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Roasted Tomato Salsa
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound round tomatoes
  • 3 serrano peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • ½ medium sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 small lime, juiced
Instructions
  1. Preheat broiler. Line a baking pan with foil.
  2. Clean and wash tomatoes and peppers.
  3. Place tomatoes, serrano pepper, and garlic on prepared pan.
  4. Place pan in the oven on the middle rack.
  5. Roast for about 10 minutes, turning once to get charring on both sides.
  6. Peel garlic and add to food processor along with onion. Pulse 5-6 times.
  7. Chop roasted tomatoes in half and add to food processor along with serranos (seed peppers to control spice level). Pulse 3-4 times for a chunky salsa.
  8. Add in cilantro, salt, and lime juice. Pulse a couple more times to combine.
  9. Makes about 2 cups

 

 

 


Comments

  1. You have pretty much described my ideal Friday night. Any night that involved salsa is a good night, isn’t it.

  2. Yum! I love salsa, but never used roasted tomatoes…I am sure that it adds a depth to the salsa.
    Have a great weekend Cindy :D

    • Thanks Juliana. I make lots of salsas, but the ones with roasted veggies are just amazing. It is so easy to do and it makes a huge impact on the flavor.

  3. realfoodbydad says:

    This salsa looks amazing!!

  4. homemade salsa trumps store-bought ANY day of the week, and it’s so easy to do!! love how the roasted tomatoes really spice this version up :_

    • I agree Christine. Store bought salsa always have this strange flavor that I can’t pin-point. I just assume skip it all together and make my own.

  5. haha we do the same thing sometimes! With chips / salsa and cheese / crackers! :) This sounds absolutely delicious – I love homemade salsa of any kind!

    • Yep, cheese and crackers, crackers and dips, and chips and salsa all fills us up. They are all just so yummy we can’t help ourselves :D

  6. This salsa looks beautiful, Cindy! I love that you roasted the tomatoes, such a nice added touch! And I’m the same way as you, I almost always overeat on the chips and salsa, that I’m never hungry for dinner!

  7. That’s my favorite kind of night too :) This salsa looks perfect, Cindy! I love that you roasted the tomatoes – it sounds so good! I would have no problem polishing this off by the spoonful :)

  8. This looks so tasty! Homemade salsas are so much better than the store bought kind. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • I couldn’t agree more with you! I think once you make your own salsa it is so hard to eat a store bought one again. The freshness of all the flavors is just delicious!

  9. Cindy, you’ve just described my exact Friday night! I love going out sometimes, but there’s something about nights in. So relaxing! I’m a huge chips and salsa fan (I think I eat at least 1/2 cup of salsa with a handful of chips) so this is right up my alley. It looks amazing!

    • Thanks Alyssa :D It is just nice sometimes to stay in. Plus I’m pretty darn happy when I have a big bowl of salsa and chips to enjoy

  10. This sounds so delicious and so versatile :)

  11. Cindy, I LOVE LOVE LOVE salsas – and we are just like you two…we eat so much salsa and chips, we don’t eat dinner! :-) That’s OK, salsa is a vegetable. And you’re absolutely right…I would be leaving the serranos AND the seeds! :-) Pinned!

  12. Your salsa looks terrific! I love how easy you’ve made it to replicate…perfect summer snack!

  13. Cindy, once again, you’ve done it, this salsa looks perfect. There is nothing likes the smell of tomatoes and garlic cooking up in the kitchen =) And I was just reading that tomatoes cooked are so much better for you as well, so it’s changing up the way I think of tomatoes (i used to love them raw) but am looking for more ways to cook them to reap those awesome health benefits.

  14. Ah, Cindy, I LOVE staying in on a Friday night for a DIY restaurant experience. And this salsa looks straight out of a world class Mexican restaurant! I live waaaaay in the country, far away from anything like this so making my own is always preferable to driving. What a flavour-packed way to use up the season’s best tomatoes. Yum!

  15. spicedblog says:

    This looks delicious, Cindy! I love making homemade salsa, but I’ve never tried roasting it…looks like I need to get in the kitchen and give it a shot! Have a great weekend!

  16. I love Spicy Salsa… and nothing is better than a homemade salsa… this roasted tomato salsa sounds fantabulous… have a fab weekend :)

  17. Hi Cindy, very clever roasting the tomatoes first, looks delicious!

  18. Sad tomatoes do make the happiest salsas! Roasting them is an easy and really great way to amp it up. Amazing job Cindy!

    • Yes, they do! I love eating raw tomatoes, but when they start to get sad I have to find something to use them in quick. This salsa is the perfect solution. Thanks Mary Frances :D

  19. I wholeheartedly agree — roasting brings out so much flavor! I would eat this salsa for dinner, too — I really can make a meal out of chips and dips when they’re really good. :) I had no idea tomatoes had more lycopene when they’re cooked, so that’s good to know. The more nutrition the better! Pinning, and have a great weekend, Cindy!

  20. I’ve never roasted tomatoes but coincidence has it that I planned to try roasting some tonight to throw in pasta… I’ll definitely roast extra for this! :)

  21. I love salsa, I can be dangerous with some tortilla chips and salsa. I’ve never tried roasting tomatoes for it though, such a great idea. I’m sure it makes it even tastier.. yum!

    • Chips and salsa don’t last long in my house. We seem to never get enough. You should try roasting them. The flavor is so great!

  22. Wow this salsa is so tempting ! I love salsa and you know what this summer I have planted a tomato plant and is giving a really good produce. I have roasted tomatoes earlier for roasted tomato soup but this time it will be for this salsa :)

  23. A perfect Friday night entails salsa chips overload. This looks so good Cindy. Pinned!

  24. Salsa and margaritas for dinner?! I am so there!

  25. Yumm I love salsa. Chips are just the vessels by which I can eat more salsa!! I’ve never tried to make my own (shocking!) but when I do I’ll need to try your recipe because roasting does make everything better! Love you little salsa dish! You don’t even need to go out – you have the Mexican restaurant in your kitchen!

    • I love that little bowl. I have 2. My husband found them and gave them to me :D
      Lindsey, you need to get to making some salsa. Once you make your own it’s hard to have jarred salsa. :D

  26. Oh, man. It sounds like we both have huge surpluses of tomatoes, Cindy! My counter is currently overflowing with tomatoes from our veggie garden and I am frantically trying to use them all up. This salsa looks like the PERFECT solution! Love how easy it is!

    • Sarah, this salsa is a great way to quickly use up a lot of tomatoes. With all these tomatoes, I’ll be making this a lot more.

  27. I love the idea of roasting the tomatoes, peppers and garlic – I’ve never tried doing that but it sounds amazing!

  28. Love that you roasted the tomatoes and other veggies – sounds so amazingly delicious!!

  29. Salsa and margaritas? I’m in! And since I have a huge harvest of tomatoes and peppers from my garden this beautiful recipe is calling my name!

    • Oh, that’s the one thing I wish I had…lots of peppers. I had a great plant, but left it behind when we moved. I tried growing some last year, but it was too late in the season. Maybe next year. Thanks Phi

  30. I’m so obsessed with salsa and could eat an entire jar in one sitting, no kidding! We just went to a Mexican place that has a salsa bar with 10 different kinds of salsa and I am in heaven there! Salsa is such a good idea if you have a bunch of extra tomatoes, unfortunately my plants aren’t producing much, so I will have to go to the farmer’s market and pick some up so I can make this salsa!

    • Yum, that sounds like a great place. I’ve yet to find a really good Mexican place here. I have lots of tomatoes growing, but now I worried the weather will change before they all ripen. I’m obsessed. I’m checking them everyday.

  31. Great use of all your tomatoes!! I could make a meal out of chips and a good salsa like this!

  32. Cindy, this is ABSOLUTE genius!!!! <3 I loveee a hot salsa and chips pairing! I can eat it all day long and never get bored! This looks SOOOO good!!!!! I just want to grab some chips and smash them on my screen hoping I'll get some salsa from that beautiful photo you have clicked! Better yet, I'll make some tonight ! <3

  33. So excited about this recipe! I adore salsa – I pour it on my eggs in the morning, mix it into mac-and-cheese, and can easily go through half a jar alongside a little quesadilla! It’s probably my very favorite condiment, and I love knowing that it’s got so much readily available lycopene in every bite! This version looks beyond-amazing (with or without Kristi’s extra serrano and seeds – lol! :D )! I can’t wait to try it – pinning like crazy!

  34. caileejoy says:

    YUM! What a great recipe!! so healthy and fresh!! love it! …also I sometimes use salsa on my salad as a dressing!! …I know, right?! I love it!! :)

  35. This salsa looks so fresh and delicious Cindy! Love that your roasted the tomatoes! I’d gladly stay home on a Friday night to eat this. :)

  36. I don’t mind chips and salsa for dinner if the salsa is this delicious!

  37. That sounds like my kinda Friday night! I can’t wait to have my own little salsa garden next year, I will be trying this recipe out!

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