Salsa Fresca | A Recipe for Summertime

Once upon a time I lived in Florida. Our house was a mere 12 minutes from the beach, and it was glorious! This particular beach had a great farmer’s market that would open up on weekends. Shopping for fresh produce with a view of the ocean is about as idyllic as it gets.

My mom and I would often shop at the farmer’s market together because we loved the low prices and the freshness of the produce. Occasionally, we would find boxes of bruised produce that had been majorly marked down.

Salsa Fresca | A Recipe for Summertime

I remember one day finding an entire box of Roma tomatoes for just a few dollars! We snatched it up, of course, and one of the first words out of my mom’s mouth was “salsa”.

There are few things as delicious as fresh salsa. Even though I chopped and blended tons of tomatoes, most of our salsa fresca disappeared before I could even put it away! The sweet, salty, spicy, and sour flavors all come together to create a deliciously unique taste that keeps you coming back for more.

That’s the stuff summer is made of.

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Summertime Salsa Fresca Recipe

Since hot weather is on its way, I figured this recipe would be just the thing to share with you. It’s easy as pie. Actually, it’s way easier than pie.

The beauty of salsa is that it’s easy to prepare exactly the way you most enjoy it. Add as much or as little spice as you like! If your salsa turns out too hot, add some raw honey to counteract the spiciness.

The recipe below is my favorite way to make salsa fresca.

Salsa Fresca | A Recipe for SummertimeAs I mentioned, most of our salsa usually vanished on the first day. We could never get enough of it. We’d even make taco salad just so we could slather it all over our dinner.

Every time I make salsa fresca, I end up saying, “I should make this more often!”

I really should.

By the way, Garden of Eatin Tortilla Chips are a favorite of ours. They’re pretty amazing, even if they are on the pricey side. The texture and flavor complement salsa fresca really well.


Salsa Fresca | A Recipe for Summertime

Summertime Salsa Fresca

A fresh, summertime salsa to make your tastebuds dance! The sweet, salty, spicy, and sour flavors all come together to create a deliciously unique taste that keeps you coming back for more.


  • 4 pounds Roma tomatoes
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, packed
  • 2 large limes, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


  1. In a food processor or blender, process three tomatoes with 1/2 onion, garlic cloves, and jalapeño pepper until the consistency is mostly smooth. Pour into a large bowl.
  2. Chop and blend the remaining tomatoes to desired consistency.
  3. Mince remaining 1/2 onion and cilantro.
  4. Add lime juice, sea salt, and vinegar. Stir all ingredients.
  5. Let the flavors marry for 15-30 minutes before digging in. (This is the hardest part!) Serve with your favorite corn chips.