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Garden Tomato Salsa

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
    7 cups


  • 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


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

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  • GirishKatta
    Oct 30, 2015


  • Pat
    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.

  • iteach5
    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!

  • Bitsymb
    Aug 27, 2013

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

  • PTuttle
    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.

  • 1gross
    Aug 16, 2013

    Look at the ingredients: tomato sauce? olive oil? parsley? This is definitely not salsa. And without cilantro it is not salsa either. I would definitely not make this one again...It needed more tomatoes, a good pasilla pepper, no tomato sauce, no olive oil, a few tomatillos, and cilantro!

  • 1gross
    Aug 16, 2013

    This is the poorest salsa recipe I've ever tried. It is definitely not Salsa--not in California.

  • kitzer
    Aug 16, 2013

    Finally! A salsa recipe 'without the cilantro junk' in it! Thusly, it must be good! Even the smell of it is bad for me.As far as not being Latino, everyone has their likes and dislikes as far as seasonings go - if you like it, just add it!!!

  • peachynonni
    Aug 16, 2013

    Next time I make this, I will leave out the jalapeno peppers and the olives.

  • bmoffatt
    Aug 16, 2013

    I agree with the other review on finally finding a recipe without cilantro. Perhaps thats not traditional, but cilantro to us tastes like stale moldy licorice and dominates a recipe. We did leave out the olives though as that also can have the same effect and we don't care for them. Otherwise all in all not bad.