I was honored to receive an invitation to participate in Yelp North County's Dia De Los Muertos fundraiser for the California Center of the Arts Children's Programs this week. Within the event, they issued a Chef's Salsa Challenge. I was quite pleased to see the creativity among my competitors, as not one salsa was alike.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me at the event! I was thrilled to be the Runner Up for my "Secret Ingredient Salsa". It is based on fresh, local ingredients and enhanced with fresh pressed flavored olive oils (that's the "secret ingredient"...it makes a big difference!!) Check out the recipe below! Special thanks to the Temecula Olive Oil Company for providing the olive oils.
"Secret Ingredient Salsa"
2 cups Tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup Red Onion
¼ cup Green Bell Pepper
1 Jalapeño, minced
¼ cup Cilantro, chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
Juice of 1 Lime
¼ cup Jalapeño Infused Olive Oil (I get mine from the Temecula Olive Oil Company)
¼ cup Roasted Garlic Olive Oil (again Temecula)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 t Chili Powder (I used the Mild Chili Powder from Savory Spice Shop in Encinitas)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.