DIY Salsa: from Fresh to Fruity

One of the glorious things about summer is all the fresh tomatoes. If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard garden, a neighbor with a green thumb, a nearby farmer’s market or have strolled through our produce section lately, then you’ve probably noticed that tomatoes are at their peak.

Fresh salsa is one of my very favorite ways to take advantage of locally grown, perfectly ripe tomatoes. Here’s why:

  • It’s simple to put together and oh so worth it! Take taco night to the next level by making your own fresh salsa.
  • It’s super fresh and delicious! It’s a great match to grilled foods and other light summer fare.
  • You can customize it! Make it as hot or as mild as you want it, control how much salt goes into it, go crazy with cilantro (or not).

Once you get the classic fresh tomato salsa recipe under your belt, branch out and discover the other fruits of summer. With just a little chopping and mixing you’ll have fresh seasonal flavor on hand to spice up any dish. Try these other salsas that are simply perfect for summer:  


Tell me: what’s your favorite recipe for homemade salsa? Share your recipes and suggestions for what makes a great fresh salsa in the comments below. Happy summer cooking!

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Kelly S says …

I love adding chopped pineapple for an extra tang. And a lot of cilantro!

Wine Harlots says …

Living in Southern California, salsa goes with everything! I especially love salsa with a flute of something sparkling, a cava from Spain is always a good bet. All the best, Nannette Eaton

priscillalandry says …

i have tried your pico , it is quite good, but I like a bit more lime juice,onions,and cilantro . Love Whole Foods at Friendly Shopping Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Annemarie says …

I love this fresh corn salsa:

KarenHoward says …

Does anyone know what Jicama tastes like? I'd love to try it.

Lisa Rice says …

Karen, To me jicama is more of a texture thing than a taste. It has a texture somewhere between a raw potato and an apple. It will take on whatever flavor you add to it. My kids like with a thick creamy balsamic dressing. Give it a try! Lisa

Aleli says …

My family absolutely raves about the basic salsa recipe with mango, I do like to add jicama for added texture and crunch. We add to soups, salads or eat it by itself.