I grow many types of organic heirloom tomatoes each summer. Though I have made and water-bath canned several different kinds of cooked salsas in years past, I decided not to bother this year. I far and away prefer to make and eat fresh salsa (aka Salsa Fresca or Pico de Gallo) with my tomatoes right after I pluck them off the vine.

Fresh Salsa | Healthy Green Kitchen

I take a pretty loose approach to salsa making. I don’t really follow a recipe- I simply chop up a slew of tomatoes, then add a little of this and a little of that. Red onion is a must. So is lime juice, cilantro, and some jalapeño chile. Sometimes I may add cucumbers…avocado is another option. In the pictures here, you’ll notice I added fresh (raw) corn sliced right off the cob.

Fresh Salsa | Healthy Green Kitchen

Below is a basic fresh salsa recipe with which you may play around. Chop the tomatoes as big or as small as you like, and use different colored heirloom tomatoes, if possible (though if you want your salsa to contain as little liquid as possible, it’s best to use plum tomatoes). Make a little to snack on with crackers or chips, or to eat with veggies, or throw together a big batch to enjoy with tacos or any Mexican-inspired meal. I’ve been known to eat a big bowl in lieu of a salad! Have fun and enjoy.


Recipe for Fresh Salsa with Heirloom Tomatoes

Some liquid from the tomatoes will accumulate in the bottom of the bowl while the salsa is "resting"...you can drain this before serving, if you like. Use plum tomatoes (you'll need a few more than the recipe calls for because they are smaller) if you want your salsa to contain as little liquid as possible.

Ingredients:

*4 medium tomatoes, chopped (I chop mine big because I am lazy: chop them small for a more traditional salsa fresca)
*fresh raw corn sliced off 1-2 ears
*1/2 red onion, diced
*1/4 cup chopped cilantro
*3-4 medium garlic cloves, minced
*1 jalapeño chile, finely chopped
*2 limes, juiced
*Coarse sea salt to taste

Directions:

1. Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste and adjust the ingredients to your liking. Let the salsa "rest" for about 30 minutes, then drain the liquid if quite a bit has accumulated in the bottom of the bowl.

2. Serve immediately, and/or store for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.

Fresh Salsa | Healthy Green Kitchen

More fresh salsas:

Pico de Gallo from The Homesick Texan
Watermelon Pico de Gallo from The Pioneer Woman
Pico de Gallo/Salsa Fresca from The Kitchn

 

8 Comments

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    Eileen — August 29, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    I think I’d have a hard time not just eating a big bowl of this salsa as a salad! Maybe with some spicy & soupy black beans on the side… :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 30, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    Salsa is a daily snack for me; I could easily eat this entire bowl!

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    this abundant list | this abundant life — August 30, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    [...] would eat this heirloom tomato salsa all [...]

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    Amelia @ chai a cup of life — August 31, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    This salsa looks divine! I would eat it as a meal as a salad :-)

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    beyond the peel — September 6, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    Beautiful. I’m pretty loosy goosy with my salsa recipes too. Free form! I love the raw corn in this. What a nice pop/crush it would add with just the right amount of sweetness.

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — September 10, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Yum! Living in the mountains, our tomatoes are just hitting their peak. Fresh tomato anything is on the menu these days! The salsa is gorgeous. The liquid that sits at the bottom of the bowl is my favorite part- great drizzled over lettuce for a quick salad!

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    Sara Scott — September 11, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    Created this today! I also added some lime zest for color, taste, and nutrients. I ate with baked clams and grilled queso blanco. I added some crumpled tortilla chips to the salsa plated for me last second for an added crunch. Delicious and I hope I can make it again before summer ends!

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