6 Tex-Mex Recipes to Lower Blood Pressure: Garlic Salsa

Garlic can help reduce hypertension

| May/June 1999

Serves 4

You may have heard so much about the health benefits of garlic by now that it sounds as though it’s a panacea. But scientific research shows that eating as little as one garlic clove a day can reduce ­hypertension. Onions, a member of the same plant family as garlic, also can help lower blood pressure, but aren’t as powerful as garlic.

• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
• 1 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
• 2 small serrano peppers, washed (or roasted and skinned)
• 4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and very thinly sliced
• 1 small sweet yellow onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, thinly sliced
• 1 small fresh, sweet green bell pepper, sliced into small slivers and finely diced
• 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional

1. In a medium-size serving bowl, stir together the thyme, marjoram, and oil. Whisk in the lime juice.

2. Wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands from stinging pepper juice, slice the serranos in half, lengthwise. Use a paring knife to remove and discard the seeds, ribs, and stems. Mince the pepper finely, then stir it into the oil and herb mixture. Add the garlic, onion, and green pepper; toss and let the salsa marinate for 45 minutes before serving. Add salt to taste, if desired.

Debbie Whittaker, a frequent contributor to Herbs for Health, demonstrates her healthy cooking style as the “Herb Gourmet” in Denver, Colorado.

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