When life gives you green tomatoes…

August 14th 2013


… make salsa verde!

Our garden tomatoes are being a little slow to ripen: damn the sun for disappearing at a crucial time. We’re trying to ripen some on the vine and some on the windowsill, but impatient me wondered if they could be used while still green.


I remembered the Mexicans use sharp green tomatillos a lot, which are actually a completely different species but have a somewhat similar texture and flavour. I raided my Mexican bible, Thomasina Miers’ ‘Mexican Food Made Simple‘ for inspiration, adapting the salsa verde recipe to suit what I had.


The uncooked flavour of the green toms wasn’t very pleasant – a bit like a savoury tart green apple – but roasted and blitzed they were transformed into a delicious zingy salsa. I served it with squash, bean and shallot tacos.


In a hot pan, dry fry a handful of green tomatoes, two garlic cloves (skin on) and a red chilli. Shake often until blackened all over, 5-10 mins. Transfer to an ovenproof dish, drizzle over a little olive oil and season well, and oven roast at 220 degrees for a further 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes are bursting and the garlic is soft. Peel one shallot and dunk into boiling water for a few seconds to remove the rawness. Finely dice and throw into a processor with the roast tomato mix and a glug of lemon juice. Blitz until smooth, check for seasoning/acidity and enjoy with tacos of your choice.

Comments (4)

  • Rhianne

    August 14th 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I love homemade salsa and roast veg, so this sounds perfect :)

  • Angela

    August 17th 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Mmm…that sounds amazing! I do like a zingy sauce.

    PS. What about fried green tomatoes a la the Whistlestop Cafe?

    1. Katie

      August 17th 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Mmm yes, I would love to try fried green tomatoes! I have plenty more so I’m going to give it a go.

  • Charlotte

    August 20th 2013 at 11:54 am

    Oh, yum, that looks delicious. Love the sound of your tacos too. If you get more unripe tomatoes, I hear green tomato chutney is delicious, although I’ve not made it myself.

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