How To Make Fresh Salsa

Salsa is the Spanish, Italian, and Greek term for sauce, and in English-speaking countries usually refers to the sauces typical of Mexican cuisine known as salsas picante, particularly those used as dips.

Salsa is a healthful addition to a balanced diet. The sauces are low in calories and contain little or no fat. Many of the ingredients contribute vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes, chilies and cilantro contain vitamins A and C. Some ingredients, like tomatoes, contribute potassium and lycopene

Want to learn how to make salsa?

Try this winning recipe for fresh salsa that uses fresh garlic and fresh lime juice to protect against Salmonella.

Remember to refrigerate the salsa until it’s time to serve.


18 fresh Roma tomatoes
1 medium jalapeño pepper, stem removed
1 small Vidalia onion, peeled
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons fresh garlic
2 ounces fresh lime juice


  1. Wash your hands and clean the cutting board and prep area with soap and water.
  2. Rinse the tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, and cilantro under running water.
  3. Chop the tomatoes into small pieces.
  4. Finely dice the onion, jalapeño pepper, and garlic.
  5. Chop the cilantro leaves into small pieces.
  6. Combine tomatoes, peppers, onion, cilantro, salt, garlic, and lime juice in a bowl and refrigerate until serving time.


Pollyanna Davy, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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