Fresh tomato salsa is a great way to use your tomatoes. After a little bit of chopping, you’ll be eating this fresh salsa with all your favorite foods!
I have never harvested so many tomatoes from my garden as I have this year. They are still coming! I brought in 6 large ones and a couple handfuls of cherry tomatoes yesterday, and there are still lots of green ones! I definitely can’t eat them all fresh – if I tried, I would have been eating nothing but tomatoes for the past month at least. I have roasted and froze probably a good 20 pounds so far, and will probably roast at least another 4-6 more pounds. But I do try to use them fresh when I can. After all, tomatoes are definitely at their best when they’re picked fresh from the garden. A great way to to that is to make Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa.
I never really used to like fresh tomato salsa. I often found it watery and bland. And to be honest, it just didn’t taste like the salsa of my childhood (which always came from a jar). But, I have learned to control the juiciness of the tomatoes to make a fresh tasting salsa that is great on meat, eggs or just with tortilla chips.
If you still have access to fresh, local tomatoes, I highly recommend making a batch (or 3) while you still can. It may not be a taste of fall, but it’s a great way to ease yourself out of summer, slowly.
- 4 medium tomatoes cored and finely chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup minced red onion (about 1/2 small red onion)
- 1/4 cup minced cilantro
- 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely minced (see note)
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
Mix tomatoes with 1 teaspoon salt in small colander or a strainer (set the strainer over a bowl if you wish to save the juice for another use). Allow to drain for 15 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to a small bowl and toss with onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 days.
Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa Nutrition Notes:
Fresh Tomato Salsa is almost calorie free because there are no high calorie additions (like sugar or oil) made to it. The only nutrition concern with this salsa is the sodium which can add up you eat multiple servings. And of course what you’re eating with your salsa – watch out for those high fat, high sodium tortilla chips!