Fresh Salsa

We love salsa in our family. All kinds. I guess we’re all Mexican food addicts as well. I found this on Facebook, and it could have been written by anyone of us!


On this blog, I’ve posted on home-made salsa, which I can every year, and also an exquisite peach salsa. Both are cooked salsas.

But this post is on a fresh salsa, or salsa fresca, sometimes also called pico de gallo. I’ve been making it for over 30 years, and I never change what I do, which is odd for me.

It must be made during the summer months when tomatoes are at their peak of ripeness. Other than tomatoes, you only need a few other ingredients.

So the following salsa I serve with tortilla chips, often along with guacamole for an appetizer, but it’s also good on tacos and fajitas. Heck, it’s good on eggs, fish, you name it.

I never make a large batch because I don’t feel that it keeps well. It’s something about the tomatoes.

As I sometimes do, I’m not giving an exact recipe. You’ll be able to tell from the photos what my ratios of ingredients are, and I can assure you that it will be a completely satisfying salsa! Adjust ingredients as you wish to suit your own taste!


Fresh Summer Salsa

Fresh tomatoes, finely chopped, I use Romas
Purple onions, finely diced
Green onions, rinsed, drip-dried, thinly sliced
Cilantro, rinsed, drip-dried, chopped
Tabasco sauce, or your favorite hot sauce

First de-seed the tomatoes by cutting each Roma into 4-5 lengthwise pieces, then removing the seeds. I even place the tomatoes on paper towels first so that they’re not watery.

Then dice them and place in a medium bowl.

Dice the purple onions and place them with the tomatoes.

Slice the green onions, and place them with the tomatoes and purple onions.

Then add the cilantro and mix everything together gently. The salsa should look like this.

Here’s the fun part. Add as much Tabasco sauce as you’d like. I added quite a few glugs, but the hotness of the salsa is up to you.

Stir gently but thoroughly and let the salsa sit for at least 30 minutes.


Serve at room temperature!

And of course it’s best with Mexican beer!



By Published On: August 5th, 201542 Comments on Fresh Salsa

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. cookinginsens August 5, 2015 at 7:08 AM - Reply

    Instead of whining about the jarred salsas in France, I can make this. thank you Mimi.

  2. Our Growing Paynes August 5, 2015 at 7:12 AM - Reply

    Delicious. It’s hard to beat fresh salsa. :)

  3. Heather @ Sweet Precision August 5, 2015 at 7:18 AM - Reply

    This looks simply divine! Fresh salsa is one of my summertime favorites. I never thought of adding Tabasco sauce, what a great idea :)

    • chef mimi August 5, 2015 at 7:35 AM - Reply

      the Tabasco works very well, and gets distributed evenly. you can add jalapeños, but some people don’t want to bite into those. that’s why i keep making it the same way!

  4. cheergerm August 5, 2015 at 7:22 AM - Reply

    Areeba! Looks fab CM. 😁 (great quote.)

  5. thesinglegourmetandtraveller August 5, 2015 at 7:28 AM - Reply

    Looks wonderful, Mimi. Nothing like fresh salsa. Great photos too. Love those glasses you’ve put the salsa in :)

    • chef mimi August 5, 2015 at 7:38 AM - Reply

      a friend of mine gave me those for margaritas, but they’re wobbly and terribly top-heavy! so I think i’ve found another use for them!!! Love your Freddy!

  6. savannabel August 5, 2015 at 8:42 AM - Reply

    Your photographs are terrific … such lovely summer color!

  7. Julie is Hostess At Heart August 5, 2015 at 8:52 AM - Reply

    I just love salsa! It is beautiful and so delicious. I’ve never added hot sauce to min. Definitely a must try!

    • chef mimi August 5, 2015 at 11:50 AM - Reply

      Some people don’t like jalapenos or other chile peppers, so the Tabasco adds some generalized heat!

  8. Jovina Coughlin August 5, 2015 at 8:56 AM - Reply

    Fresh is so much better tasting than the store bought.

    • chef mimi August 5, 2015 at 11:51 AM - Reply

      Definitely! Although I do like cooked salsas as well, just not store-bought!

  9. milkandbun August 5, 2015 at 10:15 AM - Reply

    Great-looking salsa and those glasses! :)

  10. anotherfoodieblogger August 5, 2015 at 2:24 PM - Reply

    Excellent salsa fresca! I do add some finely diced Serrano peppers plus a couple of squeezes of lime juice to mine. The addition of Tabasco for non-pepper lovers is a great idea though, I’ll keep that in mind for when my mom comes to visit.

    • chef mimi August 5, 2015 at 2:38 PM - Reply

      Well, that depends how much you add! I just omit the actual chile peppers when I don’t know people’s taste for the hot and spicy!

  11. Peri's Spice Ladle August 5, 2015 at 3:46 PM - Reply

    Lovely salsa! Couldn’t have been simpler or more flavorful!! Adore your pictures, as always:)

  12. foxress August 5, 2015 at 4:51 PM - Reply

    Such a beautiful presentation!

  13. lapetitepaniere August 6, 2015 at 12:14 AM - Reply

    Your salsa looks delicious and perfect for summer, Mimi! :)

  14. Chica Andaluza August 6, 2015 at 5:05 AM - Reply

    This is how I make it too – makes me miss all our lovely tomatoes in Spain though as in England they are mostly flavourless (well, this month they’re not!) and very expensive!

    • chef mimi August 6, 2015 at 7:24 AM - Reply

      Oh, that’s too bad… But England is so pretty!

  15. homecookexplorer August 6, 2015 at 10:40 PM - Reply

    I like the idea of cutting (as opposed to using a blender. ) & I definitely agree about 1 jar at a time. Mine ‘ s similar- cumin garlic& vinegar added – I’ll give this prep a whirl next time.

    • chef mimi August 7, 2015 at 9:14 AM - Reply

      My husband hates vinegar, but the garlic and cumin sound lovely!

  16. SweetRevelations August 7, 2015 at 6:58 AM - Reply

    Going to make this tonight and take it camping with us! Looks so fresh and yummy!

  17. potlucktam August 7, 2015 at 7:15 AM - Reply

    I LOVE the pictures!

  18. The Gourmet Gourmand August 7, 2015 at 2:14 PM - Reply

    This looks like the perfect salsa recipe! Also- where did you get those adorable glasses??

    • chef mimi August 7, 2015 at 7:10 PM - Reply

      my friend gave them to me maybe 20 years ago, but i think you can find them in Texas, and maybe in Tijuana!

  19. David Scott Allen August 10, 2015 at 2:42 PM - Reply

    Both cooked and fresh salsas are amazing – and so easy to make at home. It makes me wonder why anyone would buy a jar when the flavors of homemade are so far superior. Thanks for a beautiful fresh version!

    • chef mimi August 10, 2015 at 3:24 PM - Reply

      You are so welcome! I’m with you! But then, I make a lot from scratch anyway. There’s always too much sugar!

  20. dishinwithdidi August 12, 2015 at 5:38 AM - Reply

    I have seen many variations of “salsa fresca” my sweet friend, but yours literally had me drooling. It’s only 6:30 am, that says something right there!! Pinning and sharing!!

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