Bruschetta & Cucumber Lime Salsa as seen on CTV

Got Tomatoes and Basil? Make Bruschetta!

With the bumper crop of tomatoes and basil this year, it’s the perfect time to enjoy all the garden produce with a simple, easy recipe.  This is one of my favorites with a toasted whole grain bread along with a few ingredients it the ideal entertaining recipe.

What are tomatillos?

Some people refer to this little green tart fruit as a Mexican tomato.  They are used in Mexican cuisine to make green sauces.  Tomatillos are part of the nightshade family and related to a goose berry.  They can be grown in Manitoba so watch for them at the Farmer’s Markets.  They have a husk that surrounds the fruit, peel that back, and give the fruit a wash as it might be sticky from high pectin levels.  Look for firm, green fruit.  If you can’t find fresh, they can be found in the ethnic area of the grocery store in cans.

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Manitoba Bruschetta

Manitoba Bruschetta |


3 large tomatoes, chopped (3 )
2 Tbsp red onion, finely chopped (25 mL)
4 garlic cloves, crushed (4 )
2 Tbsp canola oil (25 mL)
1 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped (15 mL)
1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped (15 mL)
2 Tbsp vinegar (25 mL)
18-20 whole grain baguette sliced 1/2 inch (18-20 )
3/4 cups reduced-fat old cheddar cheese (175 mL)


Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onions, garlic, canola oil, oregano, basil
and vinegar. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of tomato mixture onto whole-
grain baguette slices. Cover with approximately one teaspoon of cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Tomatillo Cucumber Lime Salsa

Tomatillo Cucumber Lime Salsa |


4 small tomatillos, husked and finely diced (4 )
1 cup finely diced English cucumber (250 mL)
1 clove garlic, minced (1 )
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and finely diced (1 )
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (30 mL)
2 green onions, finely chopped (2 )
1 lime, zest and juice (1 )
1 Tbsp canola oil (15 mL)
1 tsp granulated sugar (5 mL)


In a medium bowl, combine tomatillos, cucumber, garlic, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, green onions, lime zest and juice, canola oil and sugar. Marinate for 1 or 2 hours in the refrigerator. Transfer to serving dish. Fresh salsa will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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