Local Sustainable Tomato Salsa

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This past week was Canada Water Week, a week-long celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast. This years theme was “Discover your water footprint.” What does this mean to you? A water footprint is that of an individual, community or business and equals the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by that individual or community or produced by the business.

That means more than just water you use in your home daily. All the food you eat, the clothes you buy and the products you use have a water footprint of their own, and when you consume them, that becomes part of your water footprint.

With that in mind, I wanted to come up with a recipe that used only local and small impact ingredients. I chose tomatoes because it seems they use the least amount of water- 13L per tomato. Yes, I feel that is still a large amount, but much better than 50L for one orange.

The tomatoes were all grown locally and the farmer insists he doesn’t not use a lot of water. What is a lot? I am not sure, but I am hoping his a lot and mine are the same. All the ingredients in the recipe were bought from my local farmer and they were all grown in Texas. One exception, which is an optional ingredient- the olive oil. However, the olives were grown and processed into olive oil in California not Italy.  I feel good knowing that.

Local Sustainable Salsa


  • 16 small or 4-5 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2-1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 a large red pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Freshly squeezed juice from 2 limes
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 glass bowl


  • Core, quarter, and remove the seeds from the tomatoes and place them in a glass bowl.
  • Chop and dice the onions, garlic, cilantro and re peppers.
  • Add them to the tomatoes and toss to combine.
  • Juice the limes.
  • Now, add the lime juice and oil to taste and toss again.
  • Allow the flavors to develop at room temperature for about an hour before serving.

You can now eat it as a salad, or pair it with some non-GMO tortillas or make your own pita chips! Whatever floats your boat!