This roasted tomato salsa is refreshing, zesty and packed full of flavour thanks to roasting the vegetables before turning them into a delicious sauce you can enjoy with nachos, tacos, pita or grilled meats. Perfect to make for a summer party.
3medium/large vine tomatoesvery ripe, or 4 medium paste tomatoes (oval shaped), cut into quarters
2red onionssmall, peeled, cut into quarters
3garlic clovesunpeeled, whole
2tbsp olive oil
4tbspcilantro/fresh corianderfinely chopped
1tbsplime juiceplus zest of 1 lime
1tbsptomato pasteif using juicy, standard round tomatoes
Fine sea salt to taste
Preheat the oven to its highest temperature (240 C/ gas mark 9) and line a large baking sheet with parchment. Cut the tomatoes and onions into quarters and place (cut side up) along with the garlic and jalapeno on top of the sheet. Season and brush the tomatoes and onions with a little oil. Broil (roast on top of the upper oven shelf or place under the grill, if you are in the UK) for about 15-30 minutes or until the tomatoes are lightly charred.
Remove the garlic, onion and jalapeno from the oven after about 15 minutes and continue roasting the tomatoes.
Remove the tomatoes from the oven and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
Place the tomatoes (do not use the juices from roasting if any), peeled garlic, onions, jalapeno, cilantro, salt, lime juice and 1 tablespoon of oil in a blender and pulse several times until the mixture comes together but is not pureed completely.
Stir in the tomato paste and lime zest, adjust the seasoning if needed and chill for 30 minutes before serving, if possible.
If your tomatoes release lots of juice in roasting add it into a soup or tomato sauce, not the salsa.
Roasting times may vary depending on the type of oven you use. If you are in North America you can broil the vegetables. If you are in the UK you may be able to place them under the grill (roasting in a standard oven may take a little longer). Just remember that tomatoes will probably take longer to brown than the other vegetables so remove these from the oven after about 15 minutes.
You can adjust the consistency of your salsa (if using juicy tomatoes) by adding a little tomato paste. If you use plum (paste) tomatoes you may not need to add any tomato paste into the salsa.
If you want to add more heat into the salsa after you’ve roasted the vegetables add some fresh chopped jalapeno into the blender.
For a chunky rather than smooth consistency pulse a few times only until the ingredients are well incorporated.
Best served the same day. Chill for 30 minutes before serving if possible.