Tomato Salsa and Tortilla Chips

This simple recipe is ideal for the dog days of summer. Easy and great for a snack or side dish.

Tomatoes: The Health Benefits

The many health benefits of tomatoes can be attributed to their wealth of nutrients and vitamins, including an impressive amount of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper.

Tomatoes: Did You Know?

Tomatoes are a member of the family Solanceae, along with eggplants, peppers and potatoes. They are native to Central America and Mexico. Their spread throughout the globe was sparked by the Spanish’s colonization of the Americas. In tropical regions, they grow as short-lived perennials. In the temperate region of Vermont, they are annuals.

Parents: Learn More About Tomatoes With Your Child or Children

Read these books!

  • A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds, by Jean Richards
  • I Will Never Not Eat a Tomato, by Lauren Child
  • Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes, by Demian Yumen
  • Tomatoes Grow on a Vine, by Mari Schuh

Tomato Salsa: Try This Recipe Today!

Tomato Salsa

  • 1 1/2lbfresh tomatoes (approximately 3 medium tomatoes)
  • 2garlic cloves
  • 1/2small onion
  • 1 1/2Tbspcilantro
  • 1Tbsplime juice
  • 1Tbspolive oil
  • 1/2tspsalt
  1. Mince the fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion and cilantro. Some children suggested puréeing a portion of the tomatoes to give the salsa a smoother texture, while others enjoyed it chunky style—we’ll leave it to you to decide.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Let all ingredients stand for at least 20 minutes or up to one day, in the fridge, before serving.
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