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The Best Fresh Garden Salsa Recipe

This fresh garden salsa recipe is mild and just a little sweet, so it’s perfect for those tamer palates. It’s the best way to use up the tomatoes, veggies, and herbs from your garden!

Fresh salsa with tomatoes and cilantro in white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips.

If you’re like me and planted way too many tomato plants in your garden this year, you probably have more tomatoes than you know what to do with.

You can definitely use those tomatoes in recipes like creamy gnocchi with tomatoes, grilled cheeseburger wraps, and cilantro chickpea salad, but one of the best ways to use those fresh tomatoes is in a delicious garden salsa.

This fresh garden salsa recipe works because it’s:

  • Easy to make. You’ll need to chop a few ingredients, and the food processor will take care of the rest for you.
  • Not too spicy. This salsa is sweet and delicious. It’s so mild, you won’t be able to stop eating!
  • Full of flavor! Cilantro, lime juice, and cumin work together to give this salsa a fantastic flavor.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Garden salsa ingredients including tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno, and onion on white table.

CHOP 7 small-medium garden tomatoes and 1 white onion into quarters. Cut 2 jalapeno peppers in half and remove the seeds and ribs. Wash and carefully remove the cilantro leaves from the stems until you have a packed 1/4 cup.

Chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, and cilantro on wood cutting board.

ADD the jalapeno peppers and 1/4 of an onion to a food processor and pulse until fine.

Chopped jalapeno and onion in food processor surrounded by other salsa ingredients.

ADD the cilantro leaves and repeat.

Chopped cilantro, onion, and jalapeno in food processor surrounded by other salsa ingredients.

FINALLY, add the tomato quarters and blend until the salsa reaches your desired consistency.

Chopped tomatoes in food processor with cilantro, onion, and jalapeno peppers.

POUR the vegetable mixture into a medium mixing bowl (you may have to skim off some of the foam) and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 clove of minced garlic, and salt and lime juice to taste. Mix well.

Salsa in mixing bowl with various spices and wooden spoon.

LET stand for about an hour for the flavors to mix. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Salsa with fresh tomatoes in white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips.

You can use any tomatoes for this salsa, but fresh garden tomatoes will taste the best!

As mentioned earlier, this salsa is pretty mild, so if want it to be spicer try adding:

  • The seeds and ribs from the jalapenos
  • A few shakes of your favorite hot sauce

You can try these vegetable oil substitutes if you don’t have any on hand.

This salsa has a lot of juice, so if you don’t want it to be as runny, you can remove some of the liquid with a spoon before serving.

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FAQs

Fresh garden salsa in white bowl on platter of tortilla chips.
Should you peel tomatoes for salsa?

That depends on your preference!

It’s definitely more work to peel the tomatoes, so if you want to save time and effort, you can leave the peels on. The food processor will break down the tomatoes fairly well so you shouldn’t even notice the peels.

What does vinegar do to salsa?

Vinegar adds an additional acid element to the salsa that helps bacteria from growing and helps it stay fresh in the refrigerator.

It also adds a delicious tang to the salsa!

What kind of onions do you use for salsa?

My personal preference is to use white onions for salsa. They pair nicely with the tomatoes and are commonly used in Mexican dishes.

If all you can find is red or yellow onions, you can use those, but you may need to adjust the amounts to get the flavor you want.

I hope your family loves this homemade garden salsa recipe! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Fresh salsa with tomatoes and cilantro in white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips.

The Best Fresh Garden Salsa Recipe

The Ashcroft Family Table
This fresh garden salsa recipe is mild and just a little sweet, so it’s perfect for those tamer palates. It’s the best way to use up the tomatoes, veggies, and herbs from your garden!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12
Calories 26 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 7 garden tomatoes, small to medium
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/4 white onion, about 1/4 cup chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Lime juice, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Chop the garden tomatoes into quarters. Cut jalapeno peppers in half and remove the seeds and ribs.
  • Add the jalapeno peppers and onion quarter to a food processor and pulse until fine.
  • Add the cilantro leaves and repeat.
  • Finally, add the tomato quarters and blend until the salsa reaches desired consistency.
  • Pour the vegetable mixture into a medium mixing bowl (you may have to skim off some of the foam) and add vegetable oil, vinegar, ground cumin, garlic, and salt and lime juice to taste. Mix well.
  • Let stand for about an hour for the flavors to mix. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 26kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 648IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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