Fresh Tomato Salsa

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Summer is in full swing!
We’re in that sweet phase where we don’t check the weather forecast in the morning anymore to decide what to wear, or wonder if it’ll rain. It’s like we’re in some perpetually sunny tropical locale.

We made fresh tomato salsa over the week; chopped up juicy red tomatoes, tasty farm fresh jalapeno peppers, zesty onions, and generous heaps of deep green cilantro, and juiced lemons as succulent and bright as the afternoon sun that streams through our tiny kitchen.

Salsa must be synonymous with summer in some places, I’m sure – how can it not be? It’s a beautiful way to use up those fresh abundant summer tomatoes, it’s refreshing and cheerful and doesn’t require turning on the stove – there’s enough heat in the peppers.

We prefer our salsa chunky, scooped over rice and beans or quinoa – but in these summer months we usually go for some sturdy tortilla chips, and let them do the scooping.

We made enough salsa to last a while, which I’ve been eating with chips practically every day this week, because it feels scrumptiously right, and it’s easygoing and vibrant, like a summer afternoon.

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Fresh Tomato Salsa


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes (about 2 – 3 medium-sized), seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cups of chopped red onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 – 3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon, or more
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, onions, cilantro and peppers
  2. Add lemon juice, mix and season with salt to taste
  3. Drizzle olive oil over salsa
  4. Serve garnished with cilantro or chill and use within 2 – 3 days


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  • Reply What should I eat for breakfas

    It’s so hot, that I keep drinking lemonade all the time. Your salsa looks refreshing as well.

    27 July, 2013 at 10:06 am
    • Reply Elsa

      Mmmm… lemonade, so refreshing, that’s what I drank while out in the sun this weekend! 🙂

      29 July, 2013 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Nothing better than fresh sweet juicy tomatoes. They carry flavours so well. Would love to add some avocado in to this.

    30 July, 2013 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Ocean Point Cabin

    Your recipes and photos are great! Do you have a cookbook – I’d buy it in a second. If not – hey, I’m a book designer – we should talk!

    31 July, 2013 at 7:03 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Thank you! that’s awesome, I’ll definitely keep you in mind 🙂

      1 August, 2013 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    I have just picked a huge batch of fresh tomatoes from the garden. Guess what is on the menu tonight????

    15 August, 2013 at 6:28 am
  • Reply Katie @ Produce on Parade

    Yum! How beautiful! I love chunky salsa. This looks so fresh and wonderful 🙂

    19 August, 2013 at 3:56 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Thanks Katie! Chunky salsa is the best! especially when it’s this fresh 🙂

      19 August, 2013 at 4:19 pm

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