Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe

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Braydon S., culinary student
Charleston, SC

Use this fresh tomato salsa recipe to make a delicious snack with tortilla chips, use in Mexican dishes, or have on hand as a tasty condiment.

What you need

fresh tomato salsa

12 fresh medium-sized tomatoes
1 red onion, small-diced
1 ½ tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, minced, de-seeded
3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper (to taste)

What to do

  1. Combine red onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Set aside to allow flavors to develop.
  2. Meanwhile, core and small-dice 6 tomatoes. Place in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Puree the other 6 tomatoes in a food processor, using low speed in spurts with steel blade to avoid foaming. Combine pureed tomatoes with chopped tomatoes.
  4. Fold in marinated onion-garlic-pepper-vinegar mixture and cilantro to tomatoes.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. For best results, refrigerate salsa overnight.


For a more spicy salsa, use jalapeno pepper seeds and add 1 teaspoon fresh red pepper flakes.

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