Garden Salsa

My friend Jayme Jenkins is having a seed party. What is that you ask?

Well, apparently it is a little shindig where everyone gets together to have a drink, eat a little food and learn about seeds.  Sounds like fun to me! If I didn’t live in a whole other state, I would be there for sure.

Jayme asked if I had any quick and easy “garden-inspired” appetizer recipes – and YES I do!

So here is one she might try for the seed party. Veggies, seeds, wine, beer…This is my kind of party!

Garden Salsa

This recipe is from a kitchen calendar I wrote way back in 2005. It can be thrown together in a jiffy and tastes great! It is a chunky “salsa” made with colorful veggies and a little cilantro. It is delicious. I usually double the recipe so that I use the entire bell pepper. Serve it will corn chips!

2 tsp. red wine vinegar

Juice of 1 lime

Dash of hot sauce (optional)

One 15-oz can of black beans, drained

One 15-oz can of corn, drained

1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

1 avocado, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1/4 cup chopped scallions

2 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl, combine vinegar, lime juice and hot sauce.Set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, combine remaining ingredients except salt and pepper. Gently stir in lime juice mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

About the Author

Theresa Loe is the Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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