TOMATO LONSA PASTA SALAD – adventures at the farmer’s market

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I love Indian food – it’s my favorite cuisine. I love the mixture of spices and the subtle flavors. It’s really erotic; the spices are so sensuous.
Joe Perry

Hi there,

Now that the days are getting longer and the weather is warming up, my taste buds tingle with excitement to explore the fantastic farmer’s markets around me. One such market that I cannot wait to visit again is the Haddonfield Farmer’s Market. I still vividly remember my visit from last year – the sights, sounds, and smells were breathtaking! The stalls were overflowing with a vibrant array of fresh produce – from creamy white mushrooms to jewel-toned tomatoes, emerald lettuce to asparagus, and light orange peaches – everything looked so delicious and inviting.

Even though I was going out of town and needed to empty my fridge, I couldn’t resist the temptation and ended up buying everything in sight. And just as I was about to leave, I stumbled upon a young, attractive couple selling a product that caught my eye – Tomato Lonsa. I was curious and approached the stand. They offered me a taste and told me it was their grandmother’s business and recipe. I was pulled in hook, line, and sinker. The Lonsa was absolutely delicious and had a taste I had never experienced before.

As I drove home from the Haddonfield Farmer’s Market, my car was filled with the intoxicating aroma of fresh produce. But as I unpacked my haul, I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of buyer’s remorse. What was I thinking? I had gone a little overboard and now had to use everything up before it went bad. But then, inspiration struck.

With hunger pangs gnawing at my stomach, I decided to whip up a pasta salad using all the vegetables I had bought and the mysterious Tomato Lonsa I had picked up from the young couple’s stall. As I tasted the Lonsa sauce, a slow smile spread across my face – it was like nothing I had ever tasted before. The sauce had the perfect balance of heat and the rich, tangy taste of tomatoes, with just a hint of curry that added a warm, comforting note to the dish.

As I tossed the pasta, crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, crunchy radishes, and earthy mushrooms with the Lonsa sauce, I knew I was onto something special. And when I took the first bite, it was like fireworks went off in my mouth. The flavors exploded in a burst of deliciousness that made me close my eyes and savor every single bite.

Now, I’m excited to share this recipe with you so that you can experience the magic of Tomato Lonsa for yourself.

Time to put your apron on –


  • 1/2 lb of gemelli cooked al dente and rinsed until cold
  • 1 small bunch of thin asparagus
  • 1 small box of cremini mushroom
  • 1 small bunch of French radishes
  • 1 small bunch of scallions
  • 1 container (8 ounce) tomato lonsa from AAJIS FOOD. They can be found on Instagram
  • arugula salad
  • sliced field grown tomatoes


  • Cut all the vegetables into bit sized pieces
  • add the vegetables to the gemelli
  • toss with the entire carton of Lonsa
  • plate with arugula and sliced tomato
  • Makes 4 servings

I cannot wait to buy more of the Lonsa. There are several different varieties. And my hat’s off to this grandmother, who is such a good cook and has a wonderfully supportive family.

20 responses to “TOMATO LONSA PASTA SALAD – adventures at the farmer’s market”

  1. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles.!/supermegawoman!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    I have done this too. Markets just draw you in and you buy so much, but it is all good. Last market trip the olive seller handed me a bit of bread with an olive tuna salad topping. It was so good, I had to buy some. Of course I was the only one who liked it at our house so guess what I had for the next three meals. Your salad looks delish!

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes – Angie's Recipes is an interactive blog dedicated to sharing yummy & creative recipes, helpful cooking hints and tips. Enjoy your visit and spread the word!
    Angie@Angie’s Recipes says:

    This would make a light yet very satisfying lunch!

  3. cbholganza – Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines – I'm a retired army officer with a passion to serve, hence I continue to soldier on with my dreams, my advocacies.
    cbholganza says:

    Yummy! I will try to learn this and more! 😊

  4. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    Jenna says:

    It’s hard to resist fresh produce, I don’t blame you for buying it up~ this pasta salad sounds lovely!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by. I do enjoy a good pasta salad in the summer. I visited your blog and you have several good recommendation too.

  5. I wish we had a farmers market like that! The grocery store produce is just awful. What a great use of of some of your produce with that delicious pasta salad!

  6. You make it sound so tastefull!! I’m going to try your recipe soon, too bad I’m not able to get to try the tomato Lonsa where I live at the moment. I’m really curious about the flavor and tastefullness! hopefully one day in the future!

    • Thanks for stopping by and a big thank you for answering my question about your pepper relish. Lonsa has a unique flavor and comes from the northern coastal India. I have yet to find a recipe for it.

      • You are welcome! And if you have any other questions about the recipe or other recipes, don’t be shy to ask, I love talking and researching all kinds of food.
        Thank you for the extra information about the Lonsa, I have a new item to look up. If you find some more information I would love to read about it!

  7. Retirement Reflections – Vancouver Island, BC – Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
    Retirement Reflections says:

    Hi, Bernadette – I try to get out to our local Farmer’s Market whenever I can (weekly when possible).
    I haven’t hear of Tomato Lonsa before. I will definitely look for it!

    • I think it is a family recipe. The family is from the sea coast of India. I have spent some time looking at recipes that might be similar but all the recipes call for Curry Leaves. I haven’t figured out where to buy them yet.

  8. From market to table – lovely! You have transported me to many summers spent in rural France … the taste of the season in every bite!

    Unfortunately, farmer’s markets haven’t caught on in Singapore – probably because so much of our produce is still imported. We do try to buy local as much as we can.

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