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PUMPKIN SEED SALSA

 

300 Big & Bold Barbecue & Grilling Recipes
by Karen Adler & Judith Fertig
This salsa provides a lively texture and color, delicious with grilled chicken, pork or fish.
Makes About 3 Cups


Ingredients

- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 cup packed fresh cilantro, stems removed
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas), toasted
- Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1½ cups drained canned diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes (or to taste)
- Kosher salt


Directions

1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute garlic for 2 or 3 minutes, or until light golden brown.

2. In a food processor, pulse garlic, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, lime zest and lime juice until - a paste forms. Transfer to a bowl and stir in tomatoes with chiles, olive oil and hot pepper flakes. Season to taste with salt.

3. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours to let flavors blend. If the salsa is too thick, stir in 1 to 2 tbsp water.

4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Variation
Pumpkin Seed Pesto: Use half the amount of diced tomatoes with chiles and blend all of the ingredients in a food processor.
 

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