This week Ms. Wilkinson's 3rd grade class made salsa. This was a follow-up to their planting of tomatoes, cilantro and peppers in the Salsa Garden when they were in 2nd grade. The student chefs did excellent work and the salsa was delicious with tortilla chips. We had used two heirloom tomatoes and discussed the meaning of heirloom. One girl answered that the seeds had been saved from tomatoes that people had eaten in the past. I told the students that they can plant the end of the green onion and grow another one. The salsa was colorful due to the use of yellow and red tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno peppers. Thanks to Gelson's for providing the ingredients. Thanks to Kelli Swartz and Karen Shaw who volunteered.
8 tomatoes (plus extra if desired)
1-2 jalapeno peppers (cut in small pieces and seeded)
2 green onions
1/2 bunch cilantro
3 T. olive oil
3 T. lime juice
2 garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cover the tables with plastic tablecloths or newspaper. Give each child a serrated plastic knife and a plate.
2. Write recipe on the board and discuss.
3. Pass out laminated directions for each center, e.g. tomato, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, onions and cilantro.
4. Pass out ingredients. I give each student a cherry tomato to cut in addition to their other jobs.
5. Adults supervise the "centers", especially the jalapeno pepper one where children wear plastic gloves.
6. Save the stems for the compost bin.
7. Combine ingredients and distribute salsa and chips.