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Recipe for Salsa Fresca

If you’re looking for the perfect Recipe for Salsa Fresca, you’ve found it! Once you start making your own Salsa Fresca, it will be something that will become a staple in your refrigerator.

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Recipe for Salsa Fresca in a white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips

This recipe is so easy to make, you can throw it together in minutes.

I found the original recipe on New York Times cooking, but I tweaked it to add a little bit more flavor.

What is Salsa Fresca?

Salsa Fresca is a fresh salsa that blends raw tomatoes, chopped onions, lime juice, chiles, and salt.

What is the difference between Salsa Fresca and pico de gallo?

Salsa Fresca and pico de gallo are the same types of fresh salsa.

Interesting Facts About Tomatoes

Did you know there are over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes?

The largest tomato was grown in Oklahoma and weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Tomatoes come in all different colors. Purple, black, pink, yellow, green, and white are some of the other colors.

China produces the most tomatoes, followed by the United States and India.

A festival called La Tomatina happens each year in a small Spanish town. It’s where 40,000 people throw 150,000 tomatoes at each other. If you love tomatoes – put this festival on your bucket list.

Walt Disney World grew the largest producing tomato plant between May 2005 and April 2006. There were 32,194 tomatoes harvested.

Ingredients for Salsa Fresca in a White Bowl

Recipe for Salsa Fresca

Ingredients for Salsa Fresca

1/4 small red onion, minced

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1 pound finely chopped ripe tomatoes

1-2 fresh jalapeños, minced and seeded

1-2 grated garlic cloves

3-4 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

2-3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt to taste

How to Make Salsa Fresca

  1. Place minced onion in a small bowl and cover with cold water and vinegar. Let stand for 5 minutes and then drain.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the remaining ingredients along with the drained onions.
  3. Let the recipe stand for 15 minutes at room temperature to allow flavors to blend. Depending on how watery your tomatoes are, you might have to drain a little bit of the juice from the Recipe for Salsa Fresca before serving.

Printable Version for Homemade Salsa Fresca

Yield: 2 cups

Recipe for Salsa Fresca

Recipe for Salsa Fresca in a white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips

If you're looking for the perfect recipe for Salsa Fresca, you've found it! Once you start making your own salsa fresca, it will become a staple item in your refrigerator.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 pound finely chopped ripe tomatoes
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeños, seeded and minced
  • 1-2 grated garlic cloves
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Place minced onion in a small bowl with vinegar and cover with water. Let stand for 5 minutes and then drain.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the remaining ingredients along with the drained onions.
  3. Let the recipe stand for 15 minutes at room temperature to allow flavors to blend. Depending on how watery your tomatoes are, you may have to drain off a little bit of juice before serving.

Notes

1. You can substitute white onion for red onion.

2. Parsley or tarragon can be substituted for cilantro.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 16Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 61mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g

Tips for Making Salsa Fresca

  1. You can substitute a white onion for the red onion.
  2. You can substitute parsley or tarragon for cilantro.

How long does Salsa Fresca last in the fridge?

When stored in an airtight container, Salsa Fresca can last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze Salsa Fresca?

The texture of Salsa Fresca will change after being frozen, so it’s best not to freeze.

Ideas on how to use salsa fresca

  • Add fresh salsa to your scrambled eggs or egg burritos.
  • Rice and beans could always use some salsa to add zip to your side dish.
  • Baked potatoes
  • Topping your favorite taco recipe is the perfect way to use this salsa.
  • Spread some cream cheese on your favorite cracker and top with Salsa Fresca.
  • Top your grilled fish with Salsa Fresca for a Mediterranean taste.

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