Saturday, August 27, 2011

Versatile Fresh Mild Salsa: Snack, Endive Finger Salad, Pasta Salad

What a surprise! I had no idea when I made this mild salsa that it would be so versatile during our vacation in New Hampshire. 

Salsa With Blue Corn Chips
The salsa was made from some of my garden vegetables before we left. We ate it as a snack the first night on vacation. I love using organic blue corn chips because, not only do they taste good, they are a nice contrast to salsa. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture because we were on vacation and didn't want to seem obsessive, at least not at the beginning of vacation anyway!

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with Blue Corn Chips
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Method: I diced a few cucumbers, a few tomatoes, and a red onion, added organic canned corn (drained), chopped fresh parsley to taste (I didn't have cilantro), fresh juice from one lime, and pepper to taste. It was a pretty big batch, but I was trying to use up vegetables that I had just picked. Reduce the portions for your needs.

Being leery about the existence of GMOs and chemicals in conventional canned or fresh corn, I used organic canned corn hoping to avoid them. (Frozen bagged corn would be best to avoid possible BPA from cans.) Still, I can't be sure. This is one of the reasons I support GMO labeling - it should be my choice.

Endive Finger Salad
Then I used the salsa in this endive salad to which my son said, "Oh, no, I feel like I'm in Paris again!" You would understand why he said that if you saw this post.

Method: I cut the ends off the endive, carefully pulled off a few leaves, added a slender slice of block feta that was left over from our watermelon salad, topped with a spoonful of salsa and a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil.

Pasta Salad
The rest of the salsa was added to farfalle pasta one night and served as a side pasta salad to our hamburgers.

Method: To cooked and cooled pasta, I added salsa, some extra virgin olive oil, and rice vinegar to taste.

For the bread and pasta, I couldn't find organic rolls nearby at Price Chopper and didn't have time to drive to Littleton Food Co-op, so I picked up organic bread which I was happy to see was from the nearby state of Vermont. I also found local cheese from Vermont, organic wine, and partially organic pasta. Whole wheat pasta was not an option and we're really not a fan of it anyway. Why the fuss to find organic? Ever since my daughter was diagnosed with her kidney disease, when shopping, I look for organic and if I can't find it, I look for local; if I can't find local, I try to make the best conventional choices (but more about that in another post).

Roasted Peppers
The peppers were previously roasted at home a few days before vacation and came along with us.
Method:  trim peppers, coat with olive oil, broil on low until skins are charred. Place in a bag until cool enough to touch. Peel skins.

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This summer, I've had the convenience of purchasing most of our meat at farmers markets. The meats are frozen in durable vacuum-sealed packages so it's easy to stock up. Here are the names of the farms: Aquidneck Farms, Pat's Pastured, J. Beaulieu Farm, Roy Carpenter's Farm, Meadowstone Farm

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The historic Littleton Grist Mill where fine grains can be purchased


  1. Mmmm, I love fresh salsa...I love the idea of serving it on fresh endive. So perty!!!

  2. I like the salsa on the endive, great idea.

  3. Thank you Charissa and Clarkie! I liked the salsa in the endive the most as well.

    TO ALL: We have no electricity or phone service due to hurricane Irene and may be without power for days, perhaps through the weekend. So I'll be back when power is restored. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. So colorful and flavorful salsa!I love everything in it, Lin!

  6. I've missed visiting you! Your salsa sounds wonderful and so versatile. I hope you'll get power back soon~

  7. Ah, recycling food like a real New Englander! I can't wait to hear what you made during hurricane Irene (and all the days without power that followed her wrath).

    I am taking note of those meat farmers. ;)

  8. I don't know where to start. Everything looks so darn good and your resources are simply amazing!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Linda...

    P.S. I tried to follow you on twitter but it doesn't seem to connect when I click your side-bar...

  9. Linda-I truly admire all the informative info you provided in your post, and all the lovely photos of your delicious creations. Love the salsa, and the pasta salad. You are fortunate to have all those organic meats from local distributors.
    We get ours from Whole Foods Market, which is always nice, and fresh:D
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Great looking Salsa Linda..beautiful, and tasty!
    Thanks for sharing all the your photos too!