Salsa Fresca

This Salsa Fresca, or fresh salsa, is made with just a few simple bright and fresh ingredients. You will love how easy it is to make at home!

Overhead view of salsa fresca in a bowl surrounded by tortilla chips on a blue plate.

I love to grow veggies and herbs in the summer here in Florida.  Having things like tomatoes, peppers, and herbs right in my backyard means I can make the freshest of the fresh recipes for my family all summer long.

There are a million and one ways I like to use my garden's tomato bounty, but there's nothing quite like to flavor of freshly picked tomatoes made into a gorgeous salsa, wouldn't you agree?

With just a few garden-fresh ingredients, you can make the most delicious salsa fresca in no time at all.  I know you and your family will love this salsa fresca recipe as much as I do! 

Side view of salsa fresca in a bowl surrounded by tortilla chips on a blue plate.

HOW TO MAKE SALSA FRESCA

Salsa fresca is so easy to make at home! Salsa fresca, or fresh salsa, is made by combining chopped fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. See below for a detailed ingredients list and instructions.

IS SALSA AND SALSA FRESCA THE SAME THING?

Pretty much. Salsa fresca, salsa, and pico de gallo are all basically the same fresh ingredients. Some would argue that the difference lies in the texture of the ingredients; salsa fresca being on the most pureed side and pico de gallo being on the more chunky side. What do you call your fresh salsa? Let me know in the comments below!

Salsa fresca ingredients on a wood cutting board.

HOW TO SERVE FRESH SALSA

This salsa fresca is super versatile. Try it served traditionally with tacos, tortilla chips, or as a bruschetta topping. You could also think outside the box and serve it with eggs, steak, or even on a baked potato!

HOW LONG DOES FRESH SALSA LAST?

Store fresh salsa covered in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can freeze fresh salsa, but the texture will be mushy once thawed.

Salsa fresca ingredients chopped up in a white bowl.

WHAT KIND OF TOMATOES SHOULD I USE?

I have used several different kinds of tomatoes for this recipe. Try using tomatoes on the vine, beefsteak tomatoes, or even Roma tomatoes. You may need to use more or fewer tomatoes depending on the size of the tomatoes you choose. The amount when chopped should be between 2 and 2 1/2 cups.

IS THIS SALSA FRESCA RECIPE SPICY?

As written, this salsa fresca has a mild flavor and is not spicy. If you like a little heat, leave the seeds in jalapeño and mix them into the salsa.

Overhead closeup view of salsa fresca in a bowl surrounded by tortilla chips on a blue plate.

MORE MEXICAN-INSPIRED RECIPES

Why not make a Mexican-inspired meal tonight! Try some of these other Mexican-inspired favorites alongside your salsa fresca:



Overhead closeup view of salsa fresca in a bowl.


If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

3 cups

Salsa Fresca


This Salsa Fresca, or fresh salsa, is made with just a few simple bright and fresh ingredients. You will love how easy it is to make at home!

  prep time: cook time: total time: 15 MIN 

INGREDIENTS


4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper (seeds and white membrane removed), chopped
1 lime, juiced
1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


INSTRUCTIONS


1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let flavors mingle.

NOTES


Author: Becky


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