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Basic Tomato Salsa

Fresh salsa is always better than salsa you buy in a jar and the freshness and flavour is second to none!

What may seem daunting is actually really simple to make and only requires a handful of ingredients. Salsa is not only great with chips, but also on chicken, fish, steak, potatoes, eggs, and even on toast.

For this Basic Tomato Salsa recipe, choose tomatoes that are ripe, bright in colour, and a little tender to the touch. You can control the heat by either omitting the jalapeño seeds for a mild salsa or by leaving a few in for a hot salsa. The authentic Mexican name for this recipe is Pico de Gallo.

Basic Tomato Salsa

Basic Tomato Salsa

Basic Tomato Salsa


1 pound of vine ripened tomatoes (about 4), finely diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and mined (about 2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup of finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
1 lime, zest and juiced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt


  1. In a bowl, stir together tomatoes, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, lime zest and juice, olive oil, and salt. Let sit for a half hour so flavours can mingle.

Basic  Tomato Salsa Tips:


  • If you don’t have a sharp knife for cutting tomatoes, use a serrated (jagged edge knife) instead.
  • 3-4 green onions can be used instead of a red onion if you’re looking for a salsa with less bite.
  • If you don’t have lime juice, red wine vinegar is a tasty substitute.


  1. I love this simple salsa! It’s perfect!!!!!