Graduation Salsa Recipe

If you’ve been to one of the Johnson kids’ eleven graduations, four confirmations, Gold award or three Eagle ceremonies you have had the opportunity to taste our wonderful graduation salsa. Here’s the recipe we enjoy that seems to bring out the celebration love. We use a large bread-making ceramic bowl- well stirred, not shaken but still chilled. This goes fast – we recommend one batch per ~15 people depending on whatever else you may have in your spread.

What you need:

  • 6 medium tomatoes- firm not runny- roma tomatoes if you have them. If not use another four mediums.
  • 1.5 cups sliced green onions
  • 1 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (no substitutes please). Fresh cilantro is critical. It’s what makes this a spring-summer dish. Something to look forward to during the long winter.
  • 2-4 tablespoons very finely chopped jalapeño chilies
  • 6-9 large cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 1-3 teaspoons salt (we often add only a small amount)

Put them together:

  1. Chop the tomatoes up into pieces that will easily fit on the chips you are providing. Some will seed the tomatoes as well, but I leave them in. If you are adding the Romas chop them smaller than the others. I will typically toss the pieces into a strainer to drip into a separate bowl as I am chopping. Keeps the liquid down (you’ll have plenty anyway).
  2. Chop up the green onions and pepper into tiny pieces, 1/2 inch or less. I like to add these to the tomatoes in the large serving bowl first.
  3. Do remember to lick your fingers often.
  4. Add the lime juice to the bowl. Stir well and let the acids mix. Best about an hour after.
  5. Coarsely chop the cilantro. Make sure there are no long strands of stems.
  6. Chop the jalapeños into smaller pieces than you picked for the green peppers. Do remove the seeds before chopping. For some reason I always wipe my eyes after chopping the chilis. Do not do this.  Toss ’em in and wash hands.
  7. Mince garlic and add to bowl. Garlic fingers are meant to be licked. If the kids are out you may wish to have the significant other do this. Toss ’em in and stir really well with the salt.
  8. Put the whole ceramic bowl in a tub of ice and cover with plastic. Good to chill well ahead of time. Stir often. Sample frequently to ensure quality and a positive attitude when guests arrive.
  9. As people eat, continue to stir in order to mix the love. A liquid will collect on the bottom- mixing keeps the solids wet with this wonderful liquor (in the AA sense of the word).
    After the crowd leaves, drain the liquid, chill well and drink. You will be SO rewarded. Add no vodka, the rush is powerfull without.