Tomatillo Salsa & It's Versatile Uses

Think outside the hot box! There are so many tasty ways to use tomatillo salsa! Below are some twists on salsa, and ideas for incorporating into salads, wraps, and other dishes to help you get started!

Basic Tomatillo Salsa

Start with minimum amounts and adjust quantities to your taste, as desired.

2 c. chopped tomatillos 2 Tbsp. snipped cilantro 1-2 tsp. minced hot pepper -optional 1-2 Tbsp. chopped onion ½ -1 garlic clove, minced or pressed

1 small avocado, diced –optional

2-3 tsp. lime juice Salt to taste

Combine ingredients in a bowl and serve. Best made shortly before serving- not made well in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Tomatillo Salsa Serving ideas:

· Dip for chips

· Stir into rice

· Use as a filling for a tortilla wrap

· Pile on toast, or into an omelet, for breakfast

· Use as a condiment with grilled shrimp, chicken, beef, burgers, or tacos

Other ideas for using Tomatillo Salsa:

· Make salsa with a combination of tomatillos and red tomatoes

· Create a creamy dip by pureeing salsa ingredients in a food processor or blender. Add plain yogurt, 1-2 Tbsp. at time, (bring to your desired consistency), and process until smooth.

· Make roasted tomatillo salsa: Roast, broil or grill whole tomatillos, garlic hot peppers, and a chunk of onion until nicely charred (about 5-7 minutes). Peel garlic skin off, remove pepper seeds, and rough chop all in a food processor along with cilantro, and lime juice. Add avocado if you wish.

· Create a salad by combining medium-large diced tomatillo salsa with cooked black beans, diced bell pepper, and optional fresh or frozen corn, plus 1 Tbsp. olive or vegetable oil, and a squeeze of lime or lemon juice.

· Make a tostada salad by placing a tortilla (warmed or crisped if you wish) on serving plates, top with shredded lettuce, tomatillo salsa and shredded cheddar cheese (+ any optional peppers, onions, tomatoes, black beans, corn, other taco/tortilla wrap veggies of your choosing)

· Many authentic Mexican recipes call for simmering tomatillo salsa ingredients (no avocado) for 10- 15 minutes, and then pureeing. This makes a saucy salsa.

Recipe created or adapted by Liz Talley, Urban Graze

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