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Garden Salsa Recipe

Garden Salsa Recipe

In this recipe, ripe garden ingredients and subtle seasonings make a mouthwatering salsa that's a real summer treat. —Michelle Beran, Caflin, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:40 servings


  • 6 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Tortilla chips


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, green pepper, onions, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, oil, jalapeno and seasonings. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with chips. Yield: 5 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 17 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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SaltandPeppy User ID: 5584102 247762
Reviewed May. 2, 2016

"I've been making this since TOH first published it. I love that it doesn't call for cilantro. I'm not a fan. I only make 2 slight changes to the recipe: My bf doesn't like vinegar, so I use lime juice instead. Also, I don't seed the jalapenos (and I don't measure them... I just add the whole pepper), and I add closer to 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper because we like it extra spicy. Everybody loves it!"

rel17 User ID: 8807995 245564
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016


prodreg30 User ID: 8463011 231791
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"good recipe"

bturner19607 User ID: 2653043 231704
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2015

"Great taste doesn't need cilantro. I have two family members who despise cilantro they will love it!"

Pam VN User ID: 298464 231218
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"We love this recipe. We make it when our veggies are fresh from our garden."

venky User ID: 6759401 230788
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015 Edited Feb. 6, 2017

"Good one with Lal"

dig1 User ID: 6907234 79205
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014 Edited May. 16, 2016

"good recipe :) nice one"

vishalprod2 User ID: 7922034 27453
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"this is nice... and awesome"

arastog User ID: 7455703 32878
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"Very Nice Recipe...!!"

Cool user User ID: 5279166 203726
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"Its really nice...!!"

sudiiptaa User ID: 7279722 203725
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"nice recipe"

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 32874
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2013

"I got this e-mail this morning and I was all ready to make plenty of fresh salsa so I just used the amounts here instead of in the last one I made. One of the jars is gone...eaten by my family already! I know from looking at the reviews that we all have our particular tastes and ingredients that we want in salsa but the most fun thing about making salsa is that it can have anything in it! In answer to a couple of other people, I always freeze some of my salsa. When you thaw it, you either need to strain it some because it does become a little watery or use it in a recipe like baked enchiladas or something and its great as is."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 32872
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"This is absolutely delicious. I added some cilantro from my garden to mine. Just a bit. I add it for my husband who loves cilantro."

jammin gm User ID: 6869257 79183
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"Yuk this is so not what salsa is like. To many things. Take out everything but what is needed are fresh tomatoes, jalapenos with seeds, cilantro, fresh lime juice. chopped onion and salt and that's it.Stick out tongue"

LindaInAZ User ID: 1323926 59063
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"This is so close to my pico de gallo recipe. Love it!"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 32870
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"Pretty tasty. I didn't put the green onions."

grambonone User ID: 6383546 203724
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"I did tweak a few for my taste. Somebody asked about freezing. I think it would compromise the tomato too much. One of the things better fresh unless you want a cooked taste."

ps5371 User ID: 4631147 79203
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"What a great recipe and simple to make. I did leave out the jalapeno peppers and still felt it had enough of a tang to it. I have made this a few times this summer------sooooo good !!!!!"

carolmariezane User ID: 4883006 59059
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"My husband has made this twice now (and he id NOT a cook). This time it's much better than the last (Lord only knows what he did then - this time he had my help). I peeled the tomatos (drop them in boiling water for about 45 seconds and they peel very easy), we used all red onions, lime juice instead of lemon, skipped the vinegar and oil as others had suggested and also substituted cilantro for the cumin, used ground pepper instead on cayenne and added 2 teaspoons sugar to cut the acid in the tomato. It's fabulous......."

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 87136
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"This had a really good flavor. I liked that I had all the ingredients on hand, including fresh tomatoes from the garden. I have to say I prefer store-bought salsa, although I may blend this salsa so it isn't as chunky and see if I like that better."

jdubbya815 User ID: 3184055 79202
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"I only made a couple additions...3 tbls of cilantro and 1 tbls of tomato paste. The cilantro add a layer of freshness and the tomato paste gives a richness to it. Other than that....absolutely awesome recipe!"

Cindy's Food Creations User ID: 5499555 25267
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"Take the recipe from good to better by taking out the oil, vinegar and cumin. Add fresh cilantro (to taste - 1/3 cup chopped) and fresh lime juice."

Cindy's Food Creations User ID: 5499555 79150
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"Take out the cumin, oil, and vinegar (yuck). Add fresh cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice. Red/Purple onion is also a nice alternative, not as punjunt."

mngitch User ID: 6143890 40778
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"This recipe has to many things going on I like mine better tomatoes white onions Jalapenos lime juice salt and mrs dash"

neiling User ID: 5455588 74409
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"love this ,but I add celantro,1/4 cup corn syrup. it gives just a hint of sweetness. My daughter gave me this recipeand now it is a family favorite"

craftnut User ID: 2522147 71117
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"ld like to know if you can freeze this recipe"

neiling User ID: 5455588 74407
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"I add celantro, 1/4 cup corn syrup and delete the cumin. My family will go through as much of this as I can make. scoops tortilla chip work wonderful with this recipe"

yourmother55 User ID: 3768378 59050
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"A question for "itsallofhim". How much cilantro did you add to this recipe?"

gadmom User ID: 6145900 203723
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"haven't made it yet .. but also wondering about storage -- how long it should last?"

itsallofhim User ID: 5998214 59049
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"I make this recipe all the time -- but it was MY recipe minus the cumin...and where in the world is the CILANTRO!?!?! You can't have this salsa without makes it even MORE fresh!!!! Great stuff!!!"

twinsister User ID: 969908 28259
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"This sounds terrific! Do you know if it could be canned for later use?"

klz User ID: 3537140 32868
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"I use this recipe with my garden tomatoes. I can't stop eating it, that's hose good it is."

evhymas User ID: 1626378 28258
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"Easy to make, disappeared in a flash. Adding to my recipe file."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.