The first step for this recipe is to halve the tomatoes, quarter the onions, and throw them all on a sheet pan with the garlic. Toss the pan in a nice and hot oven, and let everything roast. I believe that roasting your tomatoes and onions gives the salsa so much complexity of flavor. I prefer to roast my own tomatoes rather than buy canned roasted tomatoes. It literally only takes minutes! I like to roast the tomatoes just until they start to slightly char.
I had to come back and check your recipe. I was feeling lazy and ordered pico de gallo from my local Safeway. It’s usually pretty good and made fresh daily, but this time it was just flat. I finally realized that there was no acid or salt, just the cut up “veggies.” I thought maybe I’d only imagined the lime juice and salt in the recipe. ;))) Guess I’ll have to doctor this up and get back to making my own.
Tomatoes. Choose deeply colored, firm with-with-a-little-give, ripe tomatoes for maximum flavor because this recipe centers around the tomatoes. We want ripe for flavor but not too ripe or they will get mushy and fall apart. Also, make sure they smell like a tomato – if they don’t smell then they will taste like cardboard. You can use plum tomatoes, but I prefer Roma tomatoes because they have fewer seeds to scoop out.
Hi Mary Ann 🙂 We love cilantro, so I’ve never made this salsa without it. Most salsas actually have some cilantro in it, but if you hate the taste, you could substitute a bit of fresh parsley, or eliminate the cilantro altogether. I can’t guarantee the taste though, since my recipe uses cilantro as a big ingredient. The scoops method you mentioned sounds yummy!