What’s better than a fresh salsa made with colorful ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, spicy jalapeños, and tangy lime juice?!
In 15 minutes or less, you could be relaxing with a bowl of this homemade salsa fresca, some tortilla chips, and a drink in hand. Ahh, bliss.
Fresh is Always Best
Also known as pico de gallo, this dish is our most consumed appetizer (next to guacamole), especially when we visit Mexico. It’s so vibrant and delicious! To be completely honest, we usually fill up on both snacks before our meals even arrive.
So, the other day when we harvested more jalapeños and tomatoes from our garden, we immediately thought “we definitely need to make salsa fresca and chips”. What better way to turn some fresh ingredients into a tasty snack?!
Traditionally, salsa fresca is made with a mix of chopped tomatoes, white onion, spicy peppers (usually Serrano or jalapeño), lime, cilantro, cumin, and salt. All foods that top our favorites list. It’s such a simple recipe, but so dang good. That’s what we’re all about here at Broke Bank Vegan!
Salsa fresca has to be one of the most versatile creations out there. Whether it be for an appetizer, taco topper, side dish for an entree, or in a breakfast burrito. Is there anything it can’t do?! Seriously, we’d love to know.
You can serve this homemade salsa fresca with your favorite tortilla chips, or try making your own too! They’re so easy, and it really adds to the authenticity it all.
Key Ingredients for Salsa Fresca
- Tomatoes: this juicy fruit that seems like a vegetable is what gives salsa fresca a slight sweetness to balance out all that spice. Not only do tomatoes taste amazing, these babies are packed with potassium, which is really good for your heart! So much health.
- Onions: while the tomatoes add sweetness, diced onion gives this salsa a punch! It’s best to use white onions for this, but if you only have red, yellow, or green, don’t cry about it (see what we did there). Just use whatever you have on hand! Onions are an awesome source of a compound called quercetin, which is a powerful antioxidant.
- Lime: what would a pico de gallo be without lime? Bland! This ingredient adds a zesty and tangy flavor that makes you pucker up a touch. It puts the “fresca” in salsa fresca if you know what we mean. We recommend consuming citrus if you want to lead a long and limber life. It contains high amounts of vitamin C, which has been shown to help reduce side effects of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Cilantro: we’ve never seen a more polarizing food before. Cilantro is one of those herbs you either really love, or really hate. There isn’t a lot of in between with this one. Well, we’re in the really love camp, so we always throw it in our salsa. Cilantro has notes of sweet citrus and pepper that perfectly elevates this dish.
How to Prepare Homemade Salsa Fresca
The nice thing about this salsa is how quick it is to prep! You’ll start by slicing the tomatoes and removing the inner seeds and jelly. If you prefer a runnier salsa, you can definitely omit this part. Then, chop what’s left of the tomatoes and throw them in a mixing bowl.
After the tomatoes are in your bowl, you’ll need to finely dice the onion. We prefer extra small chunks, but you can cut them to your preference. Add the onion, along with the minced garlic and cilantro, to the same bowl as the tomatoes.
To de-seed your jalapeño, you’ll cut it in half lengthwise. Take a small spoon and scrape out the seeds. Then, finely mince the pepper and add it to the bowl.
Lastly, squeeze in some fresh squeezed lime juice, a pinch of cumin, and sea salt to taste. You can serve this salsa fresca with some homemade tortilla chips for a tasty snack or appetizer!
How to Store Homemade Salsa Fresca
This salsa will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge, but we recommend consuming it right away for optimal freshness. This recipe is not freezer-friendly.
Why You’ll Love This Homemade Salsa Fresca
This recipe is so easy to throw together, it makes the perfect appetizer for any night! We know you’re going to love the combination of flavors. They’re:
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
Other Recipes You’ll Enjoy
- Guacamole & Tortilla Chips
- Coconut Crusted Cauliflower Tacos
- Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
- Southwest Sweet Potato Salad
4 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories27
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 0.3g 1%
- Sodium 6mg 1%
- Potassium 265mg 8%
- Total Carbohydrate 6.3g 3%
- Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
- Sugars 3.3g
- Protein 1.1g 3%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Can I make this in a food processor to speed up the process?
Yes, you can make this in a food processor if you prefer. Just make sure you pulse to mix everything to prevent over chopping the veggies into a mush.
Can I use other tomatoes?
Yes, you can absolutely use other tomatoes. We just find the Roma variety are readily available and fairly cheap. But, you can use whichever variety you prefer. The Spruce Eats has a post on the best tomatoes for salsa for reference.
What can I use in place of the cilantro?
If you don’t like cilantro, or don’t have access to any, you can omit it completely. We’ve also think fresh oregano, basil, or green onions could be good in place of cilantro.