Oct 15

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh Salsa Recipe

When I crave salsa, I want a fresh tomato salsa. Sweet, juicy tomatoes, red onion for a little bite, cilantro, lime juice, and a little diced jalapeño pepper, plus a dash of salt -- so simple and delicious!

I don't really have a fresh tomato salsa recipe, per se. It's more about chopping and dicing and mixing, then a little tasting and adjusting until it's just right. But I did write down how much of each ingredient I used the last time I made fresh salsa to give you a starting point of reference.

The number one rule for making fresh salsa? Wear rubber gloves when dicing those jalapeño peppers! I made the mistake of not wearing them -- and then I touched my lips. Yowza! And not only that, but then I rubbed my nose. Oh man, lesson learned!

By the way, I'm still loving my Chicago Cutlery DesignPro Knives. They make big chopping tasks like this so much easier! See for yourself in this short video I made on how to chop an onion easily.

Yes, that's my youngest yelling in the background around the one-minute mark. I should have known that keeping quiet for two minutes would be just too much to ask!

Anyhow, as you can see, the specially made DesignPro handles make holding the knife and chopping a ton easier.

Serve with store bought tortilla chips or try making your own homemade tortilla chips!

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh Tomato Salsa


  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • juice of 2 small limes
  • salt to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow flavors to incorporate.
  2. I recommend tasting with tortilla chips when adjusting the salt to account for the saltiness of the chips.


I'm participating in 31 Days of 2012 this October with Nesting Place and a whole lot of other bloggers. Find all of my 31 Days of Homemade posts right here!

I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chicago Cutlery and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

by Tara | 13 comments

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Natalie October 16, 2012 at 6:15 am

I always love a good salsa recipe! I had to laugh at your jalapeño story….I was chopping some this Saturday and managed to get the “juice” inside my nose. Can I just tell you that I thought I was going to die!!?? Incredible pain and burning that lasted for an hour! I will definitely wear rubber gloves from now on!!


Elizabeth @Food Ramblings October 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

i heart fresh salsa


Samina October 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

Yum! I can’t stand the jarred stuff since I started making it fresh. My version is similar to yours, but I add scallions & a bit of olive oil to mine. The scallions are very flavorful & the salsa always gets rave reviews.


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

I love homemade salsa! So much better than store bought!
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Cassie October 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

We love fresh salsa – a favorite snack in our house. And we love our Chicago Cutlery knives, could not live without them!
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Angie October 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I adore fresh tomato salsa!
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Paula - bell'alimento October 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

There’s not much better than fresh salsa. Now where are the chips ; )
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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

Everything tastes better with a big ol’ spoonful of fresh made salsa!
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Kristen October 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I love salsa with fresh tomatoes (and my Chicago Cutlery knives!)
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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles October 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Fresh salsa ALWAYS beats out jarred! Yum!
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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen October 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Gorgeous photos! I love fresh salsa and that looks like a mighty fine knife!
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Marilyn Arnold October 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

We call this Pico De Gallo


Tara October 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Yep, it’s also known as pico de gallo, salsa fresco (fresh salsa), and salsa mexicana. It’s delicious whatever you want to call it!


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