Half Way There Garden Fresh Salsa

June 9th, 2010

Grow some cilantro in your garden…

And some garden salsa peppers…

Sacrifice one early onion from your onion patch…

Bring it all inside and admire your handiwork.

Find festive bowl…

Add black beans…

Rotel – because the tomatoes in your garden are weeks from being ready.


Add red bell pepper, cilantro, onion, and garden salsa peppers.

At the last minute decide to add some dried oregano that you gathered from your herb patch a few weeks ago.

You will later regret this addition, but at the time it seemed inspired…

Toss in a bit of corn.

Realize that the oregano looks a bit like flecks of mold, but determine not to notice…

It was pretty good.

In spite of the ‘mold flecks’.

I also added salt, garlic, lime juice and a little tomato juice.

Personally, I think Rotel is hard to beat in salsa, but a garden fresh tomato will do in a pinch.

Have you harvested anything from your garden yet?


  • Just discovered your blog and I love it!! Your salsa looks great even with the addition of the mouldy oregano… (notice I tried to get fancy with the english way of spelling mold? It didn’t fancy up the post though did it??)

  • No Sarah – I think it fits in just fine. It might have even tasted better if I had held the word ‘mould’ in my head rather than the much more vulgar ‘mold’.

  • susan:

    Glorious colors! Not just the veggies but the red bowl. A little cilantro goes a long way with me though.

  • Susan – The CD doesn’t like cilantro either. I love it. We are eternally at odds over salsa.

  • Kait:

    Cilantro! GAG! My favourite taco place just started putting it in the salsa and I can’t eat there anymore. Bleck.

  • ks grandma:

    My cilantro bolted like 2 weeks ago already. Why, oh garden center goddess, why? Is it because I do not plant fresh each year, but just let it come back on its own? Meaning, of course, that I had cilantro way early. And last year I found some in November too.

    • Rechelle:

      ks grandma – this makes me nervous. My oregan came back on it’s own. It was such a nice surprise! I have cut it back once, but am afraid it will bolt anyway.

  • Because of the un-naturally rainy, cool , looong Spring we have had here we just barely got our garden in last week!
    I agree, Rotell is hard to beat and my cilantro always bolts, too!

  • Nanc in Ashland:

    Another victim of a long, rainy, cold spring (for heaven’s sake, we have snow warnings for the pass tonight!) so the only thing we have is lots of lettuce and, oddly enough, sunflowers. On a totally random and somewhat related note, Rechelle, given your fondness for both gardening and Clive Owen, if you haven’s seen Greenfingers I highly recommend it!

  • Nanc in Ashland:

    Yeah, that should be “haven’t” not “haven’s” in the above!

  • Kristin:

    Sugar snap peas, raspberries (not enough since we’re splitting them between 3 people & giving one of the cats any iffy looking ones), lettuce & herbs. I’m with the CD on cilantro. I’ve read that it’s not my fault though, & that it’s some gene or something that makes it taste horrible to some of us.

  • Nanc – I saw it. Loved it.

  • Action Squirrel:

    Cilantro is delicious. Our garden contains pachysandra and ragweed, so no we have not tried to eat that yet.

  • NcGal:

    That looks delicious! Sans the cilantro, and all. The only offering from my garden to date has been one zucchini. It was good, though!

  • Trudy:

    Just herbs….basil, cilantro and dill. Bought a pot of lettuce at the market, can’t wait to try. The theory is you clip some, leave about 2″ and move on…….it is to take two weeks for new growth but you can have lettuce all summer. We’ll have to see about that.

  • sheri:

    they tell me that its all on account of a gene—whether or not cilantro tastes nice to you or like soap. It tastes like soap to me—I have tried and tried—but gah blech. I guess I just wasn’t born with the goods to enjoy. You must have a mixed marriage. :)

  • meme:

    We have picked several “messes” of squash, sacrificed some green tomatoes to fry and one ripe tomato.

  • Jaime:

    Your garden looks fab, Rechelle! Way better than our sad little co-op garden :)

  • OMG – The coop garden! I think I got one tomato and a fist full of zinnias and that was it.

  • Mary:

    Oregano is one of those perennial herbs you can continue to use even it flowers — the flavor isn’t affected. I sometimes wait until after it flowers before I cut it back a second time. Gives the bees some good pollen. I’ve been harvesting oregano since April — we love the fresh stuff in salads. In our family, it’s the first real sign of Spring!

    • Rechelle:

      Mary – well that’s good to know. I guess I can stop chopping it down now!

  • Jennifer:

    My office started a “garden” on the roof of our 19 story building here in NYC. I have two pots–one with a tomato plant, and one with basil. The we planted on the 24th of May, and I already have some teeny tomatoes, so I’m pleased. The basil I could pluck from if I wanted, but haven’t yet.

  • Kris:

    Lovely Cilantro Rechelle – any tricks to growing it? I have tried but failed so far.

  • LucyJoy:

    I didn’t even plant anything this year except some flowers that my sister dug out of her garden & gave to me…I plan on putting in a different kind of thyme & another variety of sage once our Pacific Northwest weather decides if were going to have spring/summer!

    Love, love, LOVE cilantro! I agree, doctoring up a good store-bought salsa is da bomb!

  • GA in GA:

    Okay, your cilantro looks way too happy! Mine is dragging this year, planted from seed and the weather went from late winter to full blown dog days of summer in a few weeks time.

    We’ve harvested peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes, and basil, basil, basil. Cukes should start sometime next week.

  • Pretty similar to my “famous” black bean salsa. Anytime there’s a pot luck, I’m ordered (not asked) to bring it. I always like it better with stuff fresh out of the garden…but I still throw in a few cans of Rotel!

  • Rachel:

    Yeah, I’m one of those soapy cilantro people too. And thank you for not posting 30 slightly different pics of the herb-chopping step.

  • Rechelle:

    Rachel – it is my pleasure.

    Kris – It’s the first time I have grown cilantro so I think I am benefiting from beginner’s luck.

  • Fran:

    I wish I knew the secret to growing cilantro. I can’t seem to grow it or parsley, although I blame the parsley’s death on the hanging pot I bought at Lowe’s. Why would they sell me a flower pot without drainage? WHY????

  • Ella:

    WHERE is the red bowl from??? I love it! The recipe looks yummy, too. It looks vintage but the color is so bold.

    • Rechelle:

      Ella – It’s from one of those catalog companies that sell through home shows. I can’t remember the name, but it’s a big company.