Fresh Salsa Recipe

Easy Fresh Salsa Recipe - A quick and easy recipe for salsa using fresh tomatoes and peppers. No cooking required.
My family fell in love with the fresh salsa at Baja Fresh. They were always trying to get me to make it, but I resisted because I couldn’t match that exact fresh salsa recipe. Then I realized my family didn’t care if it tasted exactly the same as the restaurant’s recipe, they just wanted fresh salsa – meaning raw salsa! That I could do. I used my basic canned salsa recipe – only I cut the recipe and didn’t cook it. My family loved it and I loved how fast it came together!

I try to eat in season, but I just could not wait any longer for the flavors of summer and broke down and bought an imported watermelon and hot house tomatoes. A major portion of the watermelon was consumed immediately after I sliced it open with intentions of making a fruit salad. While the watermelon halves were sitting on the counter, we each dived into it with a fork. No self control what so ever.

I was careful to protect the tomatoes because I was determined to make fresh salsa. There was a minor tomato casualty though. My youngest son squeezed part of a tomato into a garlic press and squeezed. He was really impressed with how far the tomato juice traveled and wanted to replicate the experiment with the other tomatoes. I decided it was a good time for him to play with Legos instead and me to use those tomatoes to make salsa!

Fresh Salsa
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
  • 3 cups fresh diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup diced bell pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons diced deseeded Anaheim (mild) or jalapeno (hot) pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • the zest of one lime
  • the juice of one lime
  • pinch of salt
  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomato, onion, peppers, cilantro, and garlic.
  2. Add lime zest, lime juice and salt. Mix well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for an hour before serving.


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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Christie says:

    Would you believe I picked our first watermelon yesterday? It was a Golden Midget grown on a trellis. I picked the first large tomato today; we've been getting cherry tomatoes for a while. My cilantro has already bolted. Picked a bunch of peppers today, most of them red. Summer has already arrived in deep south Texas!

  2. Rebecca says:

    "I decided it was a good time for him to play with Legos instead." Makes me smile!

  3. Miriam says:

    I LOVE fresh salsa and your chunky style salsa looks SO tempting! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  4. I could eat that straight out of the bowl like a salad.

  5. YES I'm antsy for summer flavors! Right now the fresh peas are tiding me over. :) Your salsa looks delicious!

  6. CMS Websites says:

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  7. Melynda says:

    Hello Alea, I am featuring this great recipe on my Wednesday and wanderings! Thanks so much.

  8. Swathi says:

    Fresh salsa looks awesome delicious. love them.

  9. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    Oh yes, I really am getting antsy for summer produce! And I would have no self control whatsoever either if I could get my hands on a watermelon! Love the story about your four year old – it's amazing how far tomato juice does travel!! Your salsa recipe sounds wonderful. In fact, I'm delighted to say I have all the ingredients on hand so I'm off to the kitchen! Thank you for sharing another wonderful recipe with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop :)

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