Friday, January 7, 2011

Sweet & Tart Apple Salsa

A fun recipe to make when apples of all varieties are in season, this twist on a classic salsa is a huge hit with kids, while getting them to eat fruit and veggies. I came up with this recipe when fresh tomatoes were too expensive in the stores, the garden had long since been harvested, and apples were ridiculously cheap. You can try variations on this recipe using fruit that's in season.

1 small Granny smith apple, cored ($.14)
1 medium Gala apple, cored ($.11)
1 small onion, minced ($.05)
2 cloves garlic, minced ($.10)
1 bell pepper, any color, minced ($.20)
1/2 medium banana pepper or jalapeno, optional ($.20)
3 T. chopped cilantro ($.10)
2 T. lemon juice ($.10)
1-2 tsp. salt ($.05)

Leaving peel on, chop apples very fine. Toss apples with lemon juice and stir in all remaining ingredients except salt. Season with salt 1/2 tsp. at a time, until the flavor is to your liking.

Serve on: tacos, tortillas chips, tostadas, quesadillas, or your favorite dish.

Yields = 8 servings
Cost: $1.05
Cost per serving: $.13

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