Quesadilla with salsa
You know when you eat some delicious food when you are overseas and upon return you crave to have it again? Well that was the story of me and the Quesadilla! Within a week of returning from Los Angeles, I had found this website with great recipes and had made a special trip to the supermarket to make a Quesadilla for the littlest one and me for lunch.

The above photo is of a Quesadilla I made. The photo below is of the Quesadilla I had at the Hollywood Farmers Market. (Just for fun I have added some more photos of the market at the end of this post – it was a great place to eat and shop.)

Quesadilla from Hollywood Farmers Market

My one was pretty close to tasting as amazing as the one at the market. The fresh tomato salsa is definitely the key to this dish. I ate the rest of the salsa straight – so fresh and tasty!

Quesadilla Recipe with Fresh Tomato Salsa

The salsa is best if it is made at least an hour before you eat it. I actually put some of the salsa in the quesadilla as well!

Fresh Tomato Salsa Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 spanish onion (I couldn’t find one at the green grocers, so just used a white onion.)
  • 1 jalapeño chilli pepper (if you don’t like things too hot use half of this chilli or omit altogether)
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup coriander

Fresh Tomato Salsa Method:
Fresh Tomato Salsa
1. Finely chop tomatoes.

2. Finely chop onion.

3. Squeeze the juice from the lime.

4. Remove the seeds etc from both chillies and finely dice.

5. Roughly chop coriander.

6. Add all the ingredients in to a medium size bowl and allow to sit for about an hour covered. It makes about 2 cups.
Fresh Tomato Salsa

Quesadilla Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Grated tasty cheese
  • Fresh tomato salsa (above!)
  • 1 tsp Olive oil

Quesadilla Method:
1. Add oil to frying pan, cover the base of the and heat to a medium heat.

2. Once the pan is warmed, add tortilla to the pan.

3. Flip it over about every 10 seconds until pockets of air begin to form under the tortilla.

4. Turn the heat to low and add cheese evenly to the tortilla.
Quesadilla cooking

5. Add fresh tomato salsa.
Quesadilla cooking

6. Cover the pan and let the cheese melt. I don’t have a lid for our frying pan, so I just used a plate.
Quesadilla Cooking

7. Check in a couple of minutes to see if the cheese has melted.
Quesadilla Cooking

8. Fold the tortilla over, so it is halved, press down gently and then remove from pan.
Quesadilla

9. Cut into large pieces and serve with more fresh salsa.
Quesadilla with salsa

Quesadilla Recipe (vegetarian)
 
Author::
Recipe type: mexican
Ingredients:
Fresh Tomato Salsa
  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • ½ spanish onion
  • 1 jalapeño chilli pepper (if you don’t like things too hot use half of this chilli or omit altogether)
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 lime
  • ½ cup coriander
Quesadilla
  • Flour tortillas
  • Grated tasty cheese
  • Fresh tomato salsa (above!)
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
Method:
Fresh Tomato Salsa
  1. Finely chop tomatoes.
  2. Finely chop onion.
  3. Squeeze the juice from the lime.
  4. Remove the seeds etc from both chillies and finely dice.
  5. Roughly chop coriander.
  6. Add all the ingredients in to a medium size bowl and allow to sit for about an hour covered. It makes about 2 cups.
Quesadilla
  1. Add oil to frying pan, cover the base of the and heat to a medium heat.
  2. Once the pan is warmed, add tortilla to the pan.
  3. Flip it over about every 10 seconds until pockets of air begin to form under the tortilla.
  4. Turn the heat to low and add cheese evenly to the tortilla.
  5. Add fresh tomato salsa.
  6. Cover the pan and let the cheese melt. I don’t have a lid for our frying pan, so I just used a plate.
  7. Check in a couple of minutes to see if the cheese has melted.
  8. Fold the tortilla over, so it is halved, press down gently and then remove from pan.
  9. Cut into large pieces and serve with more fresh salsa.

Hollywood Farmers Market

On my last day in Los Angeles I went on a bus tour which took me to Venice Beach, Beverley Hills and Hollywood. The Farmers Market was a highlight, I loved wandering amongst the food stalls and eateries.

The Market is a historic L.A. landmark and now tourist attraction, which first opened in July 1934. It is a key destination for foodies from around the world!

Hover the mouse over the photos for more information.

Hollywood Farmers Market

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Hollywood Farmers Market  - Tea

Hollywood Farmers Market - Lollipops

Hollywood Farmers Market

Hollywood Farmers Market - Mexican

Hollywood Farmers Market - Mexican

Hollywood Farmers Market - White Chocolate Almond Bark

Hollywood Farmers Market - Ice Cream

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15 comments...read them below or add one

  • Rosie November 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Oh we love Quesadillas. I learnt about them from the same site. We sometimes have cheese ones with soup…. the same pumpkin soup seems more interesting with a different kind of bread to dip in it!

    The blog “Homesick Texan” has some delicious recipes too: http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/

    • PlanningQueen November 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks for the link – great blog! Have added it to my reader.

  • Tenille @ My Family Table November 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Oh those apples!

    • PlanningQueen November 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      I know – I wasn’t brave enough to try and eat one though!

  • Grace November 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Oh, wow ! Love the colours in the tomato salsa ! Will definitely be trying this one ! I would love to go to Hollywood Farmers Market. Looks like there’s more to see than just celebs :)

    • PlanningQueen November 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      I didn’t see on celeb in Hollywood or Beverley Hills!

  • Jennifer November 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Ohhh! It’s 4 in the afternoon but I’m seriously contemplating making one of these. Thanks for making me hungry! I spent 8 years in LA, met my husband there and we’ve recreated many of our Mexican cravings. Quesadilla are fantastic. They’re also great for hiding vegies for my picky toddlers, or for using up left overs. Thanks too for all the Farmers Market photos too – now I’m hungry and ‘homesick’!

    • PlanningQueen November 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Coming back to reply to the comment on this post, has made me want to make more….will be picking up some more chillies at the shops tomorrow!

      I really enjoyed my time in LA. Would love to go back and see more.

  • Jo @Countrylifeexperiment November 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Guess what we are having for dinner??? Thanks for the inspiration.
    I make quesadillas with spicy chicken and corn filling too! Great dinner option.

  • Jolie November 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Yum! Will be using this recipe as we are having a Mexican themed new years party. Loved the photos from the market. So colourful x

  • Katie November 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    When we were in Paris, my husband ate a hot dog with a cheesy sauce. It became his mission to recreate it when we came home, even though he had to learn how to make bechemel sauce in order to do so. I’m sure they’re not very good for us, but his hot dogs are amazing!

  • Alissa November 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I make a variation of this regularly – although I use my sandwich press – works a treat. Cheese and sliced tomato is our favourite – very child friendly!
    We attempt (and still do, but never as good) Pad Thai after being to Thailand. And we also tried the very popular ‘Beijing’ dish – egg and tomato – better when I googled a recipe! :)

  • megan thomas November 21, 2011 at 7:38 am

    we also love to eat tortillas, but I can’t find them here anywhere WITHOUT PRESERVATIVES ? It’s such a simple thing, corn flour water, dissapointing that the many available in our supermarkets here (melbourne) all have preservatives….
    Do you know where to buy tortillas without preservatives ?

  • Kelly November 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Nic, this looks so yummy and easy to make! Thanks, I’ll add it to ou menu.

  • Marita November 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Yum the looks so good and easy too :)