I am a bit of a foodie. Okay a lot of a foodie. I love food and trying different things, even if I’m not sure about them. That is what lead me to this amazing quick and health fresh tomato salsa.
I don’t typically eat a lot of tomatoes. I’ve never been a huge fan. But my Aunt Nancy made this and it is just something I have to share with other foodies!
What is Bruschetta
Let’s tackle this point first. When you see pictures you might get confused on what bruschetta actually is because you always she a crostini with tomatoes on it. Bruschetta is actually toasted bread with olive oil and it is typically topped with garlic or tomatoes.
I wanted to start with making sure you understood this because I always thought bruschetta was garlic toast with tomatoes, when really it is just the toast part that makes the bruschetta.
I also wanted to start here because I want to make it clear that this recipe does not need to be used just for bruschetta. That is just the way I had it and it was so amazing, I highly suggest trying it on bruschetta.
You can really use this as salsa, meaning you can eat it with tortilla chips. Or you can use it as a topping for tacos or a salad.
Why You Are Going To Love This Fresh Tomato Salsa
There are so many reasons why you are going to love this recipe it is going to become one of your new go-to’s.
1. This is a people pleaser.
Like I said, I am not a huge fan of tomatoes, but when you use them right they are sooo good.
I actually had to laugh when I first tried this, my sister-in-law was also along and she doesn’t eat vegetables. And I mean she doesn’t eat any. If she can get away with not having any veggies, she will. She is a grown woman too!
So, I was helping plate up this deliciousness when I hear her from across the kitchen say, “Amy, look! Your Aunt got me to eat vegetables and I actually like it”.
It just goes to show, even picky people enjoy this recipe. And it brings me into my next reason.
2. It is great to make for a crowd.
A single batch makes a good portion size and if you are topping it on some bruschetta, it is the perfect appetizer for any occasion.
Plus, all of the ingredients are relatively cheap, so you won’t be breaking the bank if you double the batch.
3. Making this is going to make you feel fancy.
There is nothing better than making food that looks AND tastes great.
This is an easy recipe that I am confident anyone at any skill level can make. When it is served to others, they are going to say WOW!
They will be surprised at the effort you put in and you will be standing there smiling because it really isn’t hard or time consuming to make.
4. It’s fresh and healthy.
Now, the way I made it I just got some frozen garlic toast from the store that I used as my “bruschetta”, so that isn’t the healthiest.
Keep in mind, if you serve it on bruschetta, making it yourself is going to be a healthier options.
But the fresh tomato salsa itself is very health. It is made with all fresh ingredients, which are vegan and gluten-free.
This is perfect for summer when it is super-hot because it is light and refreshing.
Or when you have so many tomatoes you don’t know what to do with them.
What’s In Fresh Tomato Salsa
Now we get to the goods.
When you give this a taste, you are going to be surprised by the flavors when there really aren’t a lot of ingredients in it.
The ingredients that are in here are just that flavor packed.
And if there is something in here that you don’t like, odds are is can be substituted.
This should come as no surprise that there are tomatoes in this tomato salsa.
You can use cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes for this recipe. I happen to use both in mine.
I will say, keep in mind how big you cut your tomatoes. The first time I had this, the tomatoes were just quartered.
We had this on garlic bread, so it was a little difficult to keep the tomatoes on the bread.
When I last made it, I diced up my tomatoes to see if that your help keep them put.
I would say it did help a little bit more and no matter how much you load it on, you are going to have some that fall off.
Now, if you are using this in a salad or on tacos, the size isn’t really going to matter.
It will be more of a personal preference at that point.
This is the best onion to eat raw. It has a nice mild flavor, when it comes to onions, and it really adds to this dish.
I am a huge fan of red onions. If you are like me, you might add more red onion than what the recipe calls for.
If you aren’t a big fan, that is alright. It is in no way overpowering. I feel that the amount in the recipe only gives you a subtle hint of the red onion.
You might not even realize it’s in there.
You want to make sure that you mince your red onion for this recipe. That means cut it up very small.
This is going to make sure that you aren’t getting too much onion to other ingredient ratio, in each bite.
It also helps when you use this fresh tomato salsa to top bruschetta, to scoop with chips, or on your tacos.
If you are someone that doesn’t like hot or spicy food, don’t panic. I would never lead you astray.
For this recipe, it calls for a medium jalapeno with the seeds and white membrane removed. The white membrane the hottest part of the pepper.
If you like a little bit of spice, this goes awesome in this recipe.
It is only a small amount compared to the other ingredients. Plus, the other items in here really mellow out the spice of the jalapeno.
If you really don’t want to chance it, that’s not a problem. You have a couple of options.
My husband had an unfortunate run in with jalapenos. Years ago, when we first started dating, we went to a restaurant where you pick all your own ingredients for stir-fry and then it is cooked in front of you.
Now, at the time, my husband really like jalapenos. He would always eat them on his nachos. Well, he added a bunch to his food on our date. What he didn’t realize, is when you cook jalapenos, they get hotter because any white membrane that is left on the pepper releases capsaicin (the spice from the pepper).
Anyway, since then my husband doesn’t do jalapenos much. So, we grow what is called coolapenos. These look just like jalapenos and have the taste, minus the heat. This is what I used.
You could also just use some green pepper in place of the jalapeno as well.
Both of these are mild options.
No matter what you choose, make sure to mince the pepper.
I feel like cilantro is one of those herbs that you either like or you don’t. It has a very distinct smell and flavor.
Some people unfortunately think it tastes like soap.
If you absolutely hate cilantro, I think you can get away with leaving it out, especially since it has basil in it as well.
If you want more herbs in it, you can always use parsley as a replacement.
Make sure you are using fresh for this recipe. Because it is not being cooked, you are going to throw off the texture of your dish if you use dried.
Basil is great. Many people just starting off cooking don’t understand what some fresh herbs can do to a recipe.
If you aren’t used to using herbs, just know that basil has a subtle peppery flavor and is going to add to this awesome fresh tomato salsa.
Again, make sure you are using fresh basil. Dried is not going to be the same!
Chop it up to a desired size for you. Keep in mind, you will be mixing all of this together, but if you chop big, you will get big pieces of basil. Which is fine if you like big pieces.
Lime is what is going to add that fresh pop of citrus to this salsa.
If you don’t have lime, lemon is the perfect substitute.
This citrus will also help cut down on any spice, like the jalapeno.
It is going to help balance the dish.
When using fresh fruit, you can roll it on the counter before cutting it open. This will help you get the most juice out of the fruit.
Then, make sure to squeeze it with the cut portion facing up, so you don’t squeeze any seeds into the dish.
I love olive oil. I didn’t know anything about it until I actually started to cook with it.
We go to a small locally owned olive oil and balsamic vinegar store in town. This is where I learned how many flavors of olive oil there are.
Shout out to garlic olive oil. If you have never had it and you are a fan of garlic, you need to try it!
The garlic olive oil is great in this recipe. You could also try different flavors, like the Tuscan.
When adding this to the fresh tomato salsa, just drizzle it over all of the ingredients in the bowl. This will make for a more even coating.
Salt & Pepper
Aright what is there to say about salt and pepper.
These are the ingredients that are really added to taste.
That means you add the amount that suits your taste buds.
My sister for example, likes a lot more salt on her food than what I like.
So, just add some salt and pepper, mix it up, taste test it, and add extra if needed.
I happen to have Himalayan salt and peppercorn, each in a grinder. With having to grind it, it requires me to add it to taste, but it also gives the dish a more rich fresh flavor. Plus, I can easily set how coarse I want my salt and pepper.
And I’ll admit, I like feeling like a pro when I use them!
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Yields About 4-5 Cups
Prep Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 20 Minutes
· 4 Cups Cherry Tomatoes- Halved, Quartered, or Diced
· ½ Cup Red Onion-Minced
· 1 Medium Jalapeno-Seeded and Minced
· Juice of Half a Medium Lime
· ½ Cup Loosely Packed Cilantro-Chopped
· ½ Cups Loosely Packed Basil Leaves- Chopped
· 1 ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil
· Salt and Pepper-To Taste
1. Chop your tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and basil.
2. Combine in a bowl and add lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
3. Toss until well combined.
4. Taste test and adjust as needed.
5. Cover and place in refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours.
6. Serve with chips, on tacos, or on bruschetta.
Quick & Easy Bruschetta
1. Make tomato salsa as directed.
2. Bake frozen garlic bread as directed on box.
3. Once garlic bread is ready, add a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese to bread.
4. Top with fresh tomato salsa.
Make Fresh Tomato Salsa
This is a great recipe that anyone can throw together in no time and please a crowd with.
Whether you are using this on bruschetta or as a topping for salad and tacos, this is the perfect addition to any of these dishes.
Just keep in mind, fresh is what fresh tomato salsa is all about. So, use fresh tomatoes, herbs, and lime. You will be able to taste the difference.
And I want to hear from you! If you are just getting into cooking or are a seasoned pro, I want to know how your dish turned out and what you thought!
Comment below or let me know on instagram (@happyhealthystrongyou). I look forward to hearing from you!