The ultimate fresh tomato salsa recipe made with freshly picked heirloom tomatoes, beautiful purple and green onions, fragrant cilantro and fresh lime.
Because I picked the first tomatoes from the garden this week, and because all i want to do in this heat is sit on the beach with a platter of Mexican shrimp tacos in my face, topped with lots of this fresh tomato salsa recipe.
This is actually my go to recipe all summer long, as long as there are fresh tomatoes around. And this year I have grandpa’s heirloom tomato plants showing off like crazy in the garden. I am beyond myself with excitement.
Another oldie I dug up from the archives, and decided to bring back up to the surface with new photos. I’m getting the hang of my new camera, so I figured this would be just perfect for the season.
Our family routine is to have breakfast together every morning, usually sunny side up eggs with a drizzle of pesto or chimichurri, but also loads of this fresh tomato salsa, or Salsa Fresca as my Salvadorian BatMan calls it.
I realize this isn’t much of a recipe, more of a How To post: it’s a salad recipe after all, a fresh tomato salsa recipe.
But I am a real believer in the fact that using quality ingredients especially in the simplest dishes will take a dish to a whole new level of awesomeness!
I find this to be especially true in the case of heirloom tomatoes. Just like this rustic Cucumber Tomato Salad for instance, I find this fresh tomato salsa recipe or Salsa Fresca, to be a perfect example of my theory.
If you don’t grow your own, then find some beautiful heirloom tomatoes at the market. That is where the magic of this salsa fresca comes from.
I like to combine some yellow, green and red ones, sweet scallions and spring purple onions, a spicy kick from both green and red chili pepper, and of course fragrant fresh cilantro leaves.
Now if all you find are red tomatoes, don’t let that hold you back, they will still taste amazing and look oh so pretty with the green cilantro leaves and scallions. Finish it up with a pinch of coarse sea salt and a good squeeze of fresh lime.
I tell you kids, this fresh tomato salsa is nothing like what you are used to getting in a restaurant. The flavors are insanely delicious!
Important things to remember when making fresh tomato salsa:
- Do Not throw away the seeds, the middle of the tomato ! Who came up with that anyway …? What a total waste of flavor and money.
- Simply dice the tomatoes and add them to a bowl, juices and all. Mix them up with the rest of the ingredients.
- Season to taste with the sea salt and lots of lime, then adjust seasonings 11 times until your tastes buds jump with joy !
Now that’s a real Fresh Tomato Salsa recipe you simply can’t order for pick up.
Hey, did you all know that fresh tomato salsa is actually the base for Ceviche ?
True story. Simply dice up some super fresh fish to toss in your fresh tomato salsa and you got yourself the loveliest ceviche of all times.
- 3 heirloom tomatoes (red yellow and green)
- 2 scallions
- 1 purple spring onion or 1 small red onion
- 1 red chile pepper
- 1 green chile pepper
- 2 large limes juiced
- 2 limes sliced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt + more to taste
- 1/3 c fresh cilantro leaves
Slice then dice the heirloom tomatoes into small dice using a sharp knife. Add them to a large serving platter.
Chop up the scallions and red chile pepper and sprinkle them on top of the diced tomatoes.
Squeeze the juice from the 2 limes all over the top and season with a good sprinkling of seas salt. Taste and just seasonings to your taste with more lime or sea salt.
Thinly slice the green chile pepper and purple spring onions into rounds. Sprinkle them over the salsa.
Add the fresh cilantro leaves on top and serve with extra lime wedges on the side.
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