Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sara: "Salsa de Mayo!"

Hello Hello Hello!

My name is Sara Jane and I am the fifth child/fourth daughter in the fam.  I, too, am very excited to get this blog going.  I have some amazing sisters and am excited to glean some new ideas from them.

A little about me…

I have been married for nearly 8 years.  My husband is the best and most gorgeous husband EVER (just had to get that out there).  I have three beautiful babies…P is my oldest daughter.  She is 4 (going on 18) and amazes me every day with things that she says and does.   I adore her.  A is my son.  He is 2 and just seems to have found his voice in our family.  Everything he says starts with, “Um, actually….”.  He keeps us on our toes.  B is my baby.  She is 13 months and the sweetest of all of them.  She definitely has all of us wrapped around her chubby little fingers.  We live in a small town in the beautiful state of Oregon and couldn't be more happy.

While I am definitely not the craftiest of my sisters (I do try…they just don’t turn out as they should all the time), I LOVE cooking/baking.  Because of my love of all things food, many of my posts will be about baking something sweet or trying out a new recipe.  I am all about cooking with whole foods and making food fun and tasty so that even my little ones will enjoy it. 

On that note, since our theme this week is Cinco de Mayo, I thought….SALSA!  I can’t seem to eat enough salsa.  The fresh flavors that fill your mouth when you take that first bite (okay, I’m starting to drool) are incomparable.  I thought I would share with you two of my favorite salsas.  They are easy and are always a hit.

Basic Pico de Galo

What you will need:

*3 tomatoes, diced
*1/2  onion, diced
*1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
*1 lime, juiced

1.  Dice your tomatoes to small chunks.  The easiest way to do this is to make sure you have a SHARP knife.  For instructions on how to sharpen your knife, watch this.  Your knife should be sharp enough that it slices the skin of a tomato with little pressure.  I use a Chef’s knife to cut tomatoes. 

2.  Dice your onions and add them to the tomatoes.  You may want to add more or less depending on your love of onions.

3.  Coursely chop the cilantro and add it to the onion/tomato mixture.

4.  Add the freshly squeezed lime juice and salt to taste.

*The fabulous thing about pico de galo is that you can never mess it up.  If you add too much of one thing, simply add more of everything else to balance it out.  If you enjoy the heat of jalapeño’s,  finely chop up a bit of that and add it as well.  Remember to add it little by little. 

Tomatillo Salsa

This salsa has taken me 7 years to perfect.  The first time I had it was at a delicious (but now closed) restaurant in Provo, UT named Las Tarascas.  Before we moved, I begged the owner to give me the recipe.  He would only give me the ingredients and said the rest was up to me.  Over the years, I have added a few ingredients that weren't in the original recipe but I think this salsa is the best ever.  

What you will need:

*3 tomatillos, quartered (peal off the paper-like outside and rinse in cold water)
*1 avocado
*1/4 serrano pepper (if you like a little heat add more...if you don't like this, omit)
*1 Tablespoon garlic
*1 bunch cilantro, rinsed
*1 1/2 cup milk (maybe more depending on how thick/thin you like it)
*1/4 cup mayonnaise (I know...but just try it!)
*1/2 to 1 lime, juiced


Combined all the ingredients in a blender until well blended (yes..it is that easy).  Salt to taste.  Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.

*This recipe is ridiculously easy and ALWAYS good.  We eat it on all sorts of stuff.  It is similar to the salad dressing at Café Rio but not as tangy.

(My kids can't eat enough of the tomatillo salsa.  Yummmmm!)

There you have it.  I hope you all have a fabulous Cinco de Mayo.



  1. I think I'm going to have to make one of those for dinner soon! We can't get enough salsa in our house!

  2. I LOVE salsa!! You have the best recipes!! I'm definitely going to try this.

  3. I have tasted these salsas made by Sara and my mouth is watering thinking about them! Thanks for posting the recipes!

  4. Again, I forgot to sign that post

  5. I LOOOVE Cafe Rio's dressing! Anything close will need to be in my fridge at all times. Can't wait to try this!