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Radish, Grilled Onion, and Sungold Salsa

radish salsa

We have just-home-from-vacation fridge--meaning, slim pickings.  When we got home, I dumped a bunch of pinto beans in a bowl for soaking.  When all else fails, it's rice and beans.  I buy the 25 pound bag of pintos at Costco.  It's something crazy like $14.99.

I had a hard day today.  I was telling my friend Naomi, who I generally meet at the park on Thursdays or Fridays, that I just didn't feel very engaged or loving.  She wonderfully assured me that it's alright to have those kinds of days, but still. Blah. I'm including this vacation photo of Loretta because a) the photo of my assembled rice and beans turned out like crap and b) it reminds me that she's not just an energy-sucking machine.


Everything was helped by a bit of cooking time after Oscar and Milo went home.  I guess walking into my kitchen is like a sunlit art studio might be for artists, or hitting a favorite trail for mountain bikers.  I just feel better once the evening ritual begins, once I'm about to create something instead of just react to whatever happens to me.

We normally put salsa on top of our rice and beans, but I didn't have purchased salsa or ingredients to make it. What I did have was 10 precious Sungold tomatoes--a variety of orange cherry tomatoes.  I can tell my plant is going to produce a lot, but they just aren't coming all at the same time.  Watering it every day, staking it up, picking the little nuggets before they burst--makes me appreciate why a little cup of them is $5 at the farmers' market.  So making something that would make them stretch...I had 1/2 bunch of radishes and tons of onions, plus the ever-present limes and garlic.  It was really, really good.  I thought maybe we'd have some left for tonight, but no.  That means I'll have to walk into an empty kitchen and try again to be creative.  Twist my arm.

Radish, Grilled Onion, and Sungold Salsa
I only made half this amount because I didn't have this many ripe tomatoes.  But if you're buying the tomatoes or you have lots in your garden, you should certainly make this whole recipe.  And you could use other kinds of chiles (green jalapenos, poblanos, serranos) adjusting for heat as necessary.  I'm a big fan of red jalapenos which I often find at SAFEWAY, of all places.  When I find them, I stock up, as they keep quite awhile in the fridge.

2 c. yellow cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 red onions
olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 bunch radishes, halved and thinly sliced
2 red jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped
kosher salt
juice of one lime
drizzle of olive oil

Preheat grill or grill pan on medium.  Slice onions into 1/2" thick round and brush with olive oil and salt.  Grill about 3 minutes per side, until charred and softening.  Remove from heat ,cool slightly, then coarsely chop.

Combine tomatoes, grilled onions, garlic, radishes, and jalapenos in bowl.  Add salt and lime juice, adjusting to your liking. Drizzle with olive oil.

Reader Comments (9)

Absolutely love that photo of Loretta. Stunning.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpds

Sarah - I get it. :) I can't tell you how many times I have come home from a crazy long day - like tonight...just rolling in from work and a meeting and it is 10:15 - and I hit the kitchen and feel better. I didn't cook anything tonight, but just putting things away (closing all the doors that my dh has left open!), and getting organized for the next day refreshes me. Again, just another reason to hang out at your website. Super sweet photo of your little one. She has beautiful eyes...on another note. PLACEMENT!! We got our first phone call for placement last night. We didn't take it as it was a call from the state, but it was a great encouragement for us both (and a little reality check) that we are on our way!! God is good and He is reminded us we have not been forgotten. (as your dad talked about in his sermon last weekend) Camping this next week in Winthrop...monster cookies and all. Take care.

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth DeK

I want some of that yummy salsa, and I WANT that photo of that energy sucking machine. I can't wait until my birthday either. It's a good thing she is so darn cute, or she wouldn't get away with being so impish, gotta love that girl! Kick it up a notch Loretta.

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermfm

Sounds and looks delicious - we have to wait a bit for fresh tomatoes, but I will stash this idea away for when we do!

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonalyn

One again...as always. Amazing with your something out of nothings. Adore that pic of my niece. Also, I love cabbage. This has nothing to do with this post, but over the months of reading your blog and trying stuff out, I have grown to love that crunchy green. Asian. American. Mexican. Depending on the dressing. All of which I have learned from you and have been inspired to come up with my own. I'm not quite there yet with the love of going into the kitchen to cook dinner every night though!

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Cox

April Clark reccomended your blog and emailed me the link. I absolutely love your pictures. The other day on Rachael Ray she had a Food Stylist on to share the "secrets" for good food photography. I love that yours are gorgeous and real. Your comparison of kitchen to art studio really hit home for me. It could never be understood by my loved ones, how cooking was never work for me. No matter how long the day or how taxing, kitchen equals serenity and anticipation. A place to relax into the wonderfully therapeutic rhythm of chopping, mincing, slicing, and grating. The creative juices that start flowing the minute I contemplate my favorite question "What to have for dinner today" I haven't read Pollans books, however, I feel that the desire to eat healty gets overshadowed by the hectic pace of life in this world today and the immediacy of easy food. Be it premade grocery deli, processed and packaged items or drive thrus. I know previous generations had more time for everything, vacations, dinner, holidays, life moved at a simpler pace. I grew up on a farm eating mostly what we grew, butchered or bartered with neighbors for. No Doritos or soda pop. I don't remember feelings of missing out or having mad cravings for anything. But I sure do crave those Lays potato chips now. Thank you for wonderful inventive kitchen creations. My Mom was the master of something from nothing stretched to feed a family of 7. It truly is an art form. Take care and keep 'em coming

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle O'Donnell

I'm with you on the cabbage. I love how it's so sturdy, too. It can be knocked around, forgotten, neglected, and you just peel off the outer leaves and it's as good as new.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahmk

Hi Michelle! I'm so happy you stopped by. I've actually never seen Rachael Ray on TV--can you believe that? I'm scared that if we get the Food Network, I won't have a life anymore. Look forward to seeing you more in the kitchen!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahmk

absolutely bloody brilliant with a lentil walnut burger smushed like falafel in a tortilla with tzatziki sauce...

thanks again!

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrunswithscissors

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