The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh summer tomatoes chopped then tossed with onion, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice.  The simplest and best way to enjoy summer’s bounty.  The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa is bright, juicy and irresistible.

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Last night, I found myself with a giant heaping pile of nachos in front of me for dinner.  It was hot, sticky and I was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt.  (The shirt was really soft though….it didn’t help.) I didn’t feel like cooking and my sister wanted to go out, we had Landon in tow so we needed to find a place suitable for a tired, cranky boy who just spent most of the day on the beach. But refused to take a nap.  Even though he desperately needed one.  And that’s how I found myself with a mountain of nachos in front of me.  The plan was to share it with my sister but once it came out from the kitchen…it was no longer as desirable as it sounded when I ordered it.  It was just too.much.stuff.  We picked at it and hardly made a dent.  I should have taken a picture to show you the ridiculousness of these nachos and posted it on Instagram but I get lazy when it’s hot.

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What I really needed was waiting for me right at home.  Simple and juicy, The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa is everything summer is about.  I’m a tomato snob so this is my favorite time of year.  When tomatoes shine all on their own and don’t need to be roasted, toasted or smashed to make them taste good.  It’s the time of year when you can slice into a slightly chilled tomato and then salivate because the juices just pour out all over the cutting board.  When you can just sprinkle lightly with a bit of sea salt or balsamic vinegar or both….and then enjoy the taste of sunshine dancing on your tastebuds.  This is the time of year to make The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa from scratch.

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Lime juice is a wonderful thing….just take this little test.  Make this Fresh Tomato Salsa….and then stop right before you toss in the lime zest and juice.  Take a bite, not stir in the juice and zest.  Take another bite.  And then another….and another.  You’ll know what I’m talking about.  Those tomatoes taste amazing on their own but a little hit of acid in the form of lime juice with elevate them to a superior level.  It’s a wonderful thing.

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With tailgating season right around the corner, you need to have this recipe at the ready.  The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa requires no cooking and is ready to eat in just 5 minutes.  That’s right.  You could be eating summer’s best recipe in less time it takes to order a heaping pile of nachos.  Serve with my Grilled Fajita Nachos (less gluttonous than a mountain of diner nachos) and this Spicy Pineapple Guacamole. That’s a total touchdown in my book.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Course: dips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh salsa, salsa
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 40 kcal

The perfect refreshing salsa to dip chips or veggies in!



  • 3 large plum tomatoes diced
  • 3/4 cup diced vidalia onion
  • 2 jalapeños seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, cilantro, zest and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 40
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 32.3mg39%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

7 comments on “The Very Best Fresh Tomato Salsa”

  1. Yummy, I’d love some of this right now! Nice choice to use Vidalia!

  2. I love a really good tomato, too!! This fresh salsa looks amazing!

  3. I am a salsa fanatic. Plain and simple. I will try any salsa you put in front of me. But I always love fresh chunky salsa, like yours, the most. So thanks for another excuse to eat salsa, because I mean I’ve got to try yours. Right. 😉

  4. Love everything you do! Unbelievable photo’s and commentary. Please keep it up. Your are among the best.

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