Garden Tomato Salsa Recipe
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Garden Tomato Salsa Recipe

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I grow almost all of these ingredients in my garden. This recipe makes a large batch, but it's always gone in no time. —Barbara Mundy, Radford, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 4 to 5 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 20 calories, 1g fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), trace protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the tomato sauce, oil, lime juice, garlic salt and pepper. Pour over vegetable mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 7 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Garden Salsa in Country Extra July 2001, p49

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"Easy to make but lacks flavor. I don't like hot salsa but I added hot sauce and it still didn't have enough zip."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

" There are hundreds of variations on salsa using every veggie and fruit imaginable. Just Google "salsa" or search any of the cooking websites.  I plan to use this recipe minus the olives and basil with the addition of cilantro which I've just learned to like. Thanks to all who share recipes!"

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"this is a great starts this weekend be great on game day....easy and quick....hope everyone enjoys it."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"I have not made this recipe, but after reading all the comments I feel the need to include mine. I also live in CA and am a bit of a salsa purist, but I don't have a problem with people experimenting with a basic concept. Salsa doesn't always have to be just tomatoes, peppers and onions. Just look at the links at the bottom of the recipe page to see all the creative variations: mango, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, shrimp, etc. Perhaps we should think of salsa as a generic term for vegetables or fruit cut up in little chunks, usually with some hot peppers or hot sauce, and some kind of herb or spice flavoring. Let cooks be creative and let's honor their creativity. If you don't think you'll like a recipe don't make it. If you want an "authentic" salsa recipe get a Mexican cookbook. And, if you don't like cilantro (or any other Ingredient) substitute something you like. You can tell us how it worked for you, and add to the creativity that makes trying out recipes fun. I respect all my fellow home cooks who have the self confidence to share one of their treasured recipes on this site (even if I wouldn't make them). BTW those of us who like cilantro don't need to hear your opinion of how bad you think it tastes."

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