Perfect Summer Salsa

This is an amazing perfect summer Salsa! It's delicious, easy to make, and it tastes great. Salsa is an awesome way to "eat your veggies."

I know I wrote the serving size as 4 to 6, but between my hubby and I, we devour the entire amount within 30 minutes. There’s no cooking involved with this salsa recipe, so you would be hard pressed to mess this one up.

Salsa is an awesome way to “eat your veggies.” We literally make this every 2 to 3 days. I guess I’d consider it a favorite! Every fresh ingredient on this list grows abundantly in Mom’s garden (except the cilantro – which came and went).

You can easily adjust this recipe to suit your preference; add more jalapeno for an extra kick, or more tomatoes for sweetness. We’ve even tried adding peaches, which turned out really well.

I didn’t put it on the list of ingredients, so I’ll mention it here: DON’T FORGET THE CHIPS!

Salsa Ingredients:

3 to 4 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 large bell pepper (red, green, or yellow), seeded and finely diced
3 to 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely minced
1 pepperoncini pepper (optional), seeded and finely minced
1/3 to 1/2 of a cilantro bushel (About 1/2 cup chopped)
2 large garlic cloves, pressed
2 tablespoons lime juice OR lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Perfect Summer Salsa:

Ok, pay attention here, this is really complicated. Follow the steps in very careful order:
1. In a medium bowl, mix together all of the veggies. Drain any excess juice.

2. Stir in lemon OR lime juice (we like lime) and lightly season with salt and pepper to taste.
Don’t add too much salt because chips are usually salted and too much salt will ruin the health appeal of this snack!

Notes: I use a hand-cranked food processor. I put in the jalapenos and pepperoncini pepper first and chop them. Then I add the onion & cilantro and chop. Then I add bell peppers and chop. I dice the tomatoes by hand so they don’t juice out as much. Also, use gloves or a ziploc bag to cover your hands when seeding the hot peppers.

Perfect Summer Salsa

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This is an amazing perfect summer Salsa! It's delicious, easy to make, and it tastes great. Salsa is an awesome way to "eat your veggies."
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$6
Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 medium tomatoes diced
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 1 large bell pepper red, green, or yellow, seeded and finely diced
  • 3 to 4 jalapeno peppers seeded and finely minced
  • 1 pepperoncini pepper
  • 1/3 to 1/2 of a cilantro bushel
  • 2 large garlic cloves pressed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice OR lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together all of the veggies. Drain any excess juice.
  2. Stir in lemon OR lime juice (we like lime) and lightly season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

I use a hand-cranked food processor. I put in the jalapenos and pepperoncini pepper first and chop them. Then I add the onion & cilantro and chop. Then I add bell peppers and chop. I dice the tomatoes by hand so they don't juice out as much. Also, use gloves or a ziploc bag to cover your hands when seeding the hot peppers.

 

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  • Alina
    August 5, 2016

    Can I can this salsa? For the winter I mean? I really want to can but I would have to cook salsa right? Do u know how could I do that? I mean times and stuff Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 6, 2016

      Hi Alina, I haven’t tried canning this one and yes you would want to cook it to can. I don’t have any canned salsa recipes but I do have a roasted salsa that freezes really really well. We make huge batches of this in summer and enjoy it all winter long. Freeze portions flat in the freezer in ziploc bags and thaw under cold water or in the fridge. I hope that helps 🙂 Reply

      • Alina
        August 7, 2016

        Ok thank u so much! Reply

  • Anna
    October 5, 2010

    This is my absolute favorite salsa, its so refreshing! Reply

  • September 30, 2010

    Love fresh salsa! I have to admit, I use a recipe that’s only semi-fresh as the tomatoes and jalapenos are canned, but we love it. I just made a double batch tonight–we eat it fast in our house. Reply

    • Natasha
      October 2, 2010

      Yours sounds more like a real “salsa.” Mine is more a cross between a salsa and pico, but its soo addictive! Reply

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