Fresh Homemade Salsa

Homemade fresh salsa

Homemade Fresh Salsa

Salsa is a delicious condiment to serve with your favorite appetizers and entrees. Although some store-bought salsas are AH compliant, they just don’t have the same bright and refreshing flavors as homemade. Not only do homemade salsas feature bright and refreshing ingredients – they can also easily be adapted to your needs and preferences. Want something a little sweet? Add mango! Feel like adding some refreshing herbs? Go for it! Not a fan of too much spice? Skip the chiles and use a mild pepper instead! Read our post for a few of our homemade salsa tips – then try the recipe for yourself. How do you like to make your salsa? (Comment below or share in our Facebook Group)

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Fresh Homemade Salsa

One of the best parts about homemade salsa is the ability to adapt the ingredients to YOUR preferences. You can mix in different vegetables, spices, and herbs, and control the amount of salt to suit your taste preferences. Our recipe calls for cilantro, jalapeños, and diced tomatoes – but there are certainly other options you could experiment with.

  • Use parsley or basil in place of some of the cilantro.
  • Opt for bell peppers or a different type of chile pepper instead of the jalapeños.
  • Use dice fresh tomatoes, tomatillos, and/or bell peppers from the garden in place of some (or all) of the canned tomatoes.
  • Add fresh fruit (like pineapple, mango, or strawberries) for a sweet twist.

Regardless of which variation you choose, always be sure to finish with a squeeze of lime or lemon and a dash of salt. Serve along with your favorite protein, slow carb (like Socca Crackers – AD pg. 202) and a few vegetables for a tasty family meal!

How can you Serve your Fresh Homemade Salsa?

Salsa isn’t just for tacos or chips – it can be used in a variety of meals! Try stuffing a chicken breast with a scoop of salsa and some cheddar cheese. Mix the salsa into scrambled eggs and serve in a half avocado “boat”. Or, try serving some of the salsa over a tomato-based soup or stew for something unique and unexpected.

How do you like serving your homemade salsa? Share your ideas in the comments below or take a picture of your meal and share it in the Facebook Group – we always love to see what you’ve been cooking!

Looking for More Quick-and-Easy Recipe Ideas?

Check out our downloadable meal planning classes. Each class comes with an eBook including a Specialized One-Week Meal Plan and Prep Sheet, or Specialized Recipes, as well as Additional Resources prepared by Chef Dawn Ludwig and Chef Kenzie Osborne. Each class also has the option to add-on downloadable presentation slides for more recipes and extra resources.

fresh homemade salsa

Fresh Salsa

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, and Dawn Ludwig. 
Salsa is for more than just chips around the Ludwig household!
I keep it around to season soups, spice up bean dishes, scramble in eggs, pour over fish or chicken and bake, etc. It's super easy and much less expensive than store-bought.
This recipe can also be found on page 302 of ALWAYS DELICIOUS by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, and Dawn Ludwig. Buy the book HERE.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dips and Sauces
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups


  • Food processor


  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bunch cilantro (½ to 1 cup chopped)
  • lime juice, to taste
  • 1-2 jalapeños* or other chiles of your choice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes


  • Place the garlic, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, and salt in a food processor. Process until finely chopped.
  • Add the tomatoes. Pulse to a finely chopped salsa consistency. Transfer to a glass mason jar with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.
  • *Quick Tip: If you want a milder salsa, take the seeds out of the jalapeños or use fewer of them. You can use any peppers of your choice: a chipotle pepper will add a smoky flavor, but you could also use poblanos or bells. Feel free to make it your own!


Nutrition per 1 tablespoon
Fat: 0g
Carbohydrates: 1g
Protein: 0g
Calories: 4
Keyword Dips and Sauces
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