Restaurant-Style Garden Fresh Salsa

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This Restaurant-Style Garden Fresh Salsa is absolutely my favorite fresh salsa ever! This easy recipe is made with fresh vegetables and a secret ingredient to give it a a deeper flavor that truly makes it amazing. It is an incredibly simple salsa with little chopping. Just toss all the ingredients in your food processor and pulse until it reaches your desired consistency.

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Restaurant-Style Garden Fresh Salsa

Salsa is a staple here in the Southwest. This is my favorite kind. We call it “Just North of the Border Salsa”. Living in Arizona we truly are just ‘North of the Border’, so it was fitting.

I personally like a more fresh tasting salsa, one that I can eat without constantly dabbing my eyes and nose. Oh and I prefer not to have to take in a gallon of liquids to try to put out the fire (which doesn’t work anyway, try a milk based remedy. I like to use a spoon of vanilla ice cream to sooth my taste bud fires).

I have to say that my idea of salsa before I moved to Arizona was laughable. It was a couple of tomatoes with green peppers and onions. Anything hotter than that and I would run.

I think I mentioned before that my family is not really fond of spicy food. My mom never cooked with hot peppers, not even in dried spice form. When my parents came out to visit a few years ago I had made a fantastic Mexican Lasagna.

I toned it down a little, I really couldn’t feel any heat at all. My Dad was not happy with it, he looked as if he had just swallowed fire! He about spit out his first bite. So, I kept meals to no hotter than a light sprinkle of finely ground black pepper for the rest of his visit.

But, that gives you an idea of where I started. The fact that I enjoy spice and heat now is pretty remarkable. But, I love it. I do not like things that are just hot for the sake of being hot. I want a flavor profile to back that heat up.

I love peppers so much now I even grown my own. You should try it. Homegrown peppers are amazing! This Restaurant-Style Garden Fresh salsa has it all. It is a medium heat salsa with fresh vegetables and fire roasted tomatoes to add extra depth.

It is so easy with little chopping. Just toss it all in your food processor. It is amazing and you are going to love it!

Enjoy!

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Restaurant Style Garden Fresh Salsa

Restaurant-Style Garden Fresh Salsa

Donna Elick
This Restaurant-Style Garden Fresh Salsa is absolutely my favorite fresh salsa ever! This easy recipe is made with fresh vegetables and a secret ingredient to give it a a deeper flavor that truly makes it amazing. It is an incredibly simple salsa with little chopping. Just toss all the ingredients in your food processor and pulse until it reaches your desired consistency.
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Method Food Processor
Servings 8 makes about 2 cups

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, rough chopped
  • 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 large white onion, rough chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • small handful cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Pulse until blended to your liking. If you like chunky pulse for a shorter time. If you prefer a smoother salsa, run blender until pureed.
  • Serve immediately or serve chilled.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 21cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 226mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally Published December 2015

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19 Comments

  1. I really like the idea of using both fresh and canned tomatoes. Very basic and nice recipe – I will try if for sure – we LOVE salsa around my house! (My kids love it super hot :~) but I am a 'medium' girl! Have a great day!

  2. I could just pop that whole bowl of salsa in my mouth right now! It is delicious and beautiful and so flavorful. I just know it is. I have a similar recipe I get requests for it all the time! Cheers

  3. Why the heck have I never used a blender or food processor to make this???!!! DUH!!!! I am forever cutting salsa ingredients by hand. Donna, I cannot thank you enough for bringing this to light today! You have saved me MUCH time and aggravation!! I love you!!!

  4. I have got to keep this recipe. I can finally eat salsa and I love it fresh.
    There is a little Mexican restaurant near us that makes it fresh when they have the fresh vegetables available. Fresh is so much better! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. I just made this salsa for a party I am hosting tonight! EXCELLENT! Wish I had made a triple batch! I highly recommend to all salsa lovers!

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