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Sarah's Famous Salsa

Courtesy Sarah Garone
makes about 1½ cups

Chef notes

In my childhood and adolescence, this salsa recipe always signified a celebration, whether a party, a birthday or other special occasion. As I heal from my past, I have every intention to continue making it — because I believe I'm living a life worth celebrating.


  • 3 medium-large tomatoes, off the vine, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 medium jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until desired consistency is reached. Gently strain through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer to remove excess liquid.