Fresh garden tomatoes in a bucket

Fresh Tomato Salsa

It’s finally backyard tomato season and I couldn’t be more excited. Sweet, juicy, meaty – backyard tomatoes smell like sun and taste like summer. I anxiously await their arrival each and every year because grocery store tomatoes just don’t compare.

Fresh garden tomatoes on a cutting board

Of course, fresh garden tomatoes mean salsa. Lots of it. Sometimes I simply make a big bowl of salsa, grab a pile of corn chips, and call it dinner. I can eat fresh tomato salsa until I burst. As far as taste goes, you can’t get much fresher than this. And it’s dead simple to throw together!

Fresh tomato salsa ingredients on a cutting board: tomatoes, parsley, sea salt, red onion, jalapeno pepper, lime

I keep my salsa pretty simple: tomatoes, red onions, jalapeño peppers, parsley/cilantro, lime juice, and sea salt. That’s it! And you don’t need to measure either. Just go according to taste. As long as there seems to be a bit of everything in each bite once you mix it all up, you’re right on the money. If it’s your first time making it and you really like measurements, I find this is a good-size snack bowl for two people:

  • 2 very large or 6-8 small tomatoes
  • small red onion (or half of a large one)
  • half a jalapeño pepper (you can use a whole one for more spice if you like)
  • juice of 2/3 of a lime
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped parsley or cilantro

Fresh tomato salsa with corn chips

Chop everything up into small pieces, mix together, and let sit for about 20 mins before serving (it gets tastier when it sits a little so the flavours can get to know each other and mix and mingle a bit). You can also get all sorts of fancy with the recipe, adding sweet peppers, fresh pineapple, peaches, other herbs, and a myriad other ingredients. Do a quick search for fresh salsa on Pinterest to get an idea.


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