Here is my recipe for Salsa Fresca. Preparing fresh salsa couldn’t be any easier.
In Southern California, Mexican food is a pretty big deal. Restaurants of the Mexican sort are plentiful, and many of them are very inexpensive. Tortillas of every make and grind are easily available. Avocados are treasured and loved and affordable year-round. Egg burritos are a welcome breakfast item. Everyone is familiar with “Carne Asada.” The idea of a “fish taco” is not unusual or gross. And salsa rarely comes from a jar.
“Salsa Fresca” translates to “Fresh Sauce” to top Mexican food. When I worked for a caterer for a few years back in college, we made gallons upon gallons of this stuff for too many parties to count. I could make it in my sleep.
How to make Salsa Fresca:
You’ll need these simple and fresh ingredients to make your own fresh salsa:
- jalapeño peppers
- fresh cilantro
- fresh lime juice
- sea salt
Combine chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped jalapeño peppers and freshly minced garlic.
About the jalapeños:
And since I’m predicting that someone will ask, nope… it’s not spicy. I use two medium jalapeño peppers (seeds and ribs completely removed), and my kiddo gobbles this stuff up like there’s no tomorrow.
Don’t be afraid of the jalapeños, but do be careful in handling them. The spice gets on your fingers and you need to be careful not to rub your eyes until you can successfully rid your fingers of that spicy stuff (or better yet- use plastic gloves when handling them).
Add chopped fresh cilantro.
Add chopped onion and a little bit of freshly squeezed lime juice.
Give all of your salsa fresca ingredients a stir, add a little sea salt to taste, and that’s it! I prefer to make my salsa a couple of hours ahead of serving time– just to give the flavors a chance to blend together. Just cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep it chilled until you’re ready to serve.
Salsa Fresca can be served with tacos and burritos, and one of my favorite ways to enjoy it is to add a big spoonful on top of my scrambled eggs. Of course the most popular way to enjoy it is as an appetizer, alongside chips for dunking.
How to make your own low carb tortilla chips:
Shown here, I make my own chips using low carb flour tortillas. I cut them into wedges, place them on a baking sheet, spray them with nonstick olive oil spray and give them a light sprinkle of cumin powder and kosher salt. Then I bake them in the oven at 400 degrees F. until they become crisp (5 to 7 minutes).
Here are a few more recipes for salsa you might enjoy:
- Fresh Corn and Sundried Tomato Salsa
- Strawberry- Avocado Salsa
- Fruit Salsa
- Watermelon Salsa
- Tomatillo Salsa Verde
- Blueberry Salsa
- 3 medium vine ripened tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 2 to 3 medium jalapeño peppers (seeded and ribs removed), finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- sea salt, to taste
- In large glass bowl, combine all ingredients and season to taste with salt.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
- This is great to prepare the evening before your event and let it marinate and chill overnight.
- Try adding corn or black beans to your salsa for a different twist.
- This salsa will keep for several days (covered) and kept refrigerated.
Great recipe! Just what I was looking for. Add fresh, fire-roasted chilies for extra yumminess.
I found this recipe on “Pinterest” and wanted to let you know how much I enjoy it. It is simple to make and doesn’t seem to last long in my house! Thank you for the great recipe.
Add some cucumber to it, nice tasting!
this is my absolute favorite version of salsa. I’ll can eat a bowl of this with tortilla chips every single day!
I was happy to see this post! I just finished making fresh guacamole for my hubby’s lunch tomorrow. He’s grilling some fish to make fish tacos! Thank you for this recipe. 🙂
salsa freca… beautiful juicy chunks of tomatoes, mixed with lots of fresh cilantro and garlic… just how i like my salsa 🙂 i used to work at a mexican restaurant and would sometimes eat the salsa fresca with a spoon… that’s not weird right?! 😉
Always nice to get a nice, simple salsa recipe. This one looks fantastic. LOVE the pictures!
I love salsa. This looks perfect for the tomatoes that I am growing. I love this for chips, or just on top of a piece of grilled chicken. Great recipe!
This looks wonderful! I just love cfood and the fresca looks amazing!!
We always have some type of fresh salsa in the refrigerator. I can’t live without chile — the spicier the better! Your photos are beautiful. A simple fresh salsa like this is prefecto for warm weather and the main reason I garden. I call it my salsa garden 😉
I never had GOOD mexican food until i visited the west coast but once I did, there was no turning back. The only way I can get it here is to make it myself…and this salsa fresca is definitely happening!
Gorgeous salsa, Lori! I will most definitely take your tips and add some fresh grilled corn and beans! Yum!
Love this recipe. Salsa is a condiment and sometimes a salad for me. This one definitely falls into both!
i loveee salsa! thanks for the recipe!
I love salsa (although my favorite is the type that is puréed into a liquid). This looks very yummy! What would be the best way to amp up the spice if needed? I tend to like my salsas spicy.
What a perfect salsa, Lori! This is very similar to the pico de gallo I make all the time. Lovely recipe!
I love how chunky this salsa is I hate watery salsa that can;t even stay on my chips!!
Lori I could pile this on an old shoe and be pretty satisfied! 😉
I just want to dive into that bowl of tomatoes & cilantro..gorgeous!
Fresh salsa cannot be beat. I love it!
I made a dish the other day with fresh jalepenos and my mouth is STILL on fire. Any way to mellow them out? Does the lime juice help? This looks fab!
It’s not spicy! The lime juice must help w/ that.
This looks so delicious!
So simple and fresh! Love it!
Oh, how I wish I lived in Cali! This salsa makes me think of sunny days, can’t wait to try it.
I love the simplicity and freshness of this salsa. This is something I’d be happy to eat by the spoonful or dollop over fish or chicken.
I could eat this by the spoonful.