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Fresh Garden Salsa for Summertime Flavor

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Memorize these five ingredients; you’ll never need a salsa recipe again. Nothing beats this easy garden fresh salsa recipe — it’s my family’s favorite summertime snack.

Prefer your salsa cooked? Try this spicy salsa recipe!

Garden fresh salsa recipe in a yellow bowl with round yellow tortilla chips

Also known as pico de gallo, this fresh salsa requires some chopping and dicing, but once that’s done it’s a simple matter of combining the ingredients. If you can make it an hour or so in advance of serving it, the flavors will have a chance to meld, but it’s not critical.

Family favorite salsa recipe

My method for this garden fresh salsa recipe is simple — there’s no measuring involved. Memorize these five ingredients: tomato, hot pepper, onion, garlic, and lime. You’ll never need a salsa recipe again. The most important ingredient for killer fresh garden salsa is—bar none—garden fresh tomatoes.

ingredients for making pico de gallo salsa recipe: chopped tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro

Related: Pineapple Salsa: A Perfect Summertime Snack

Those barely-pink orbs you’ll find at the grocery store? Don’t even bother. Seriously. You will be disappointed. Because that is not actually garden fresh salsa, now, is it? But if you’ve got a garden that’s brimming with juicy ripe tomatoes and hot peppers or if they’re available at your local farmers market, get chopping and make up a big batch of this fresh salsa recipe.

Feel free to adjust the quantity of ingredients to suit your preference. More garlic is always a good bet. If you like things extra spicy, add another hot pepper. No lime? Feel free to substitute lemon juice. Cilantro is optional, of course.

Related: Fast and Easy Cucumber Salsa Recipe

chopped tomatoes, onion, and cilantro in a bowl

How to enjoy this homemade pico de gallo salsa

As if you need any help with this! Definitely enjoy it fresh. Serve it up with your favorite organic, non-GMO tortilla chips. Or use it to top tacos, tostadas, or refried beans. If you’re looking for a great recipe to preserve your bounty, I suggest you try this salsa recipe for canning. It’s one of our favorites.

Garden fresh salsa recipe in a yellow bowl with round yellow tortilla chips

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Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe

Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This fresh garden salsa is a summertime treat. Memorize these five ingredients; you'll never need a salsa recipe again. Nothing makes salsa as good as fresh ingredients from the garden.

Ingredients

  • 5 medium-sized vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1-2 hot peppers, finely chopped, (jalapeño or serrano are good)
  • 1 clove garlic , finely chopped
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime

Instructions

  1. Chop tomato and onion into a quarter-inch dice. Stir all ingredients together in a bowl. See how easy that was?

Notes

If you'd like, you can add salt and pepper to taste (I usually add about 1/2 teaspoon of each). And if you're a cilantro lover like I am, you can add about 2-3 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro. Note that I did not add cilantro as a mandatory ingredient. It's not for everybody! 

Feel free to adjust the quantity of ingredients to suit your preference. If you like things extra spicy, add another hot pepper. No lime? Feel free to substitute lemon juice. Cilantro is optional, of course. 

 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 29Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

7 comments… add one
  • Rachel @ Grow a Good Life Aug 17, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful photo! I pinned it immediately 🙂

    • Kris Bordessa Aug 17, 2014, 4:58 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! My son is my photographer these days. There will be a steep learning curve for me when he moves out! 

  • Amanda L Aug 21, 2014, 6:40 am

    Do you remove the tomato seeds and pulp, so that it doesn’t cause the salsa to be overly watery? I don’t see that mentioned anywhere. Thank you.

    • Kris Bordessa Aug 21, 2014, 6:53 am

      I don’t! We like it juicy and the seeds don’t bother us at all. (Also: I’m lazy.) 😉

  • Mary Jan 16, 2016, 5:57 am

    how long will this keep in the refrigerator?

    • Kris Bordessa Jan 17, 2016, 8:21 pm

      Well. I don’t think I’ve ever kept it more than a day or two; my guys usually finish it off in a hurry! My estimation would be a week, though, give or take.

  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018, 9:44 pm

    Easy to make and so yummy. I will definitely make this again!

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