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Fresh Summer Salsa recipe and lesson plan

Fresh Summer Salsa recipe and lesson plan


  • 3 sweet green, red, or yellow local peppers (washed and deseeded)
  • 2 small to medium local onions (peeled)
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 3 pounds of large local tomatoes or 4 pints of small tomatoes such as yellow pear, sun gold, or cherry tomatoes (washed)
  • 3-4 limes, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn tortilla chips


  1. Chop the tomatoes and peppers.
  2. Finely mince the onion and garlic.
  3. Tear the cilantro into small pieces.
  4. Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
  5. Squeeze the limes over the bowl, combine.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Enjoy!


The lesson plan for this recipe includes step-by-step instructions for cooking in the classroom, different ways to connect with curriculum, and related books to read.



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