Microwave Salsa Recipe
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Microwave Salsa Recipe

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I love the salsa served at my favorite Mexican restaurant, so I set out to match the flavor. I think I've achieved my goal. It's so easy to make in the microwave. Now we can enjoy salsa anytime.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 7 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion and garlic. Add green pepper, lemon juice and seasonings; mix well. Microwave on high for 30-45 seconds or until heated through. Serve immediately with tortilla chips. Salsa can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Yield: 4 cups.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Microwave Salsa in Country August/September 1996, p51

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Apr. 25, 2013

"Quick and easy. Warmed salsa is a little different, but still tastes great!"

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"Very Good! I didn't have any green onion so I used red onion instead. I also diced up a couple jarred jalepeno rings and added 1 T. of the jalepeno juice just for a bit more spice. DELICIOUS!!!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"Very good."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"i would not heat it, i think it loses its flavor when heated"

Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"Do you need to Microwave this?"

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