Recipe: Quick Homemade Garden Salsa

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I like to plant veggies in the garden that will grant me the ingredients for a healthy, delicious garden salsa. 

Although I picked other veggies to add with our supper tonight, THIS is my favorite of the day’s samplings.

Not only the coveted first ripe home-grown tomatoes of the season but the makings of homemade fresh garden salsa tonight: Tomatoes, purple onion, garlic and jalapenos. Proof positive that you can eat your veggies and LOVE it!

I've always said plant what you love to eat - we love salsa! See what I harvested from the garden for our homemade garden salsa at supper. #TexasHomesteader

It doesn’t do any good to plant the seeds and work hard all season to produce a crop that makes your family say, mehhhh….

So go ahead, plant veggies that you’ll be excited to eat. Why not plant garden salsa ingredients? They’re all easy to grow and garden salsa can be prepared in a flash.

Quick Preparation

Now folks, you don’t get any more fresh than straight from the garden! Although I assemble my pico/salsa the old fashioned way with a knife and cutting board, it still takes no time for the veggies to get chopped or minced and blissfully marinating in the fridge awaiting squeals of delight from the family. 

Now let’s be honest, any time you can get your family to get excited about eating their veggies it’s a good day, right?

I've always said plant what you love to eat - we love salsa! See what I harvested from the garden for our homemade garden salsa at supper. #TexasHomesteader

I don’t really have a recipe per se. That’s because I make it slightly different each time based on what I’m in the mood for and the output of the garden.

Flexible Garden Salsa Ingredients

The beauty with this adaptable garden salsa is that you can add the veggies in the proportions you enjoy.

Like it spicy? Add tons of jalapenos. Are you a garlic fiend? Throw in more garlic cloves. Do purple onions make you sing? Chop up a whole onion and throw it in there. 

As I’ve said many times before, if a recipe isn’t delicious, quick and ADAPTABLE it doesn’t last long here at the Homestead.

Assembling Garden Salsa

Here’s the way we put it all together: Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno and onion in the proportion we enjoy and place in a bowl. Mince a clove or two of garlic and add it to the bowl as well. 

Grow veggies in your garden to make eating your vegetables FUN! Fresh salsa. #TexasHomesteader

A quick squeeze of lime juice gives just the right zing. Sometimes I add a sprinkle of salt and if I have cilantro I’ll chop some of that and mix it in as well.

After it’s all mixed together put the bowl in the fridge for an hour or more to meld the flavors. 



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16 thoughts on “Recipe: Quick Homemade Garden Salsa

  1. Sherry Legan

    I love a good salsa! I’d love to make some. You’ve reminded my I need to get off the computer and water tomatoes! Enjoy your week.

  2. Erlene

    We’re still waiting for our tomatoes to grow 🙁 Hopefully when they finally come in we can make some awesome salsa.

  3. Elizabeth

    I love homemade salsa, especially from the garden. I am waiting for my tomatoes to get red and will definitely be making some!

  4. ColleenB.

    Nothing better than getting your hands dirty in growing and using your own veggies.
    I love quick and easy recipes like this. :} thank U. Can make to personal liking whether small or large batch and can add whatever trips your trigger and served with fried tortilla chips
    can also add………
    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    avocado, peeled and diced
    salt and freshly ground pepper

  5. Judith C

    I didn’t plant any tomatoes this summer, thinking it would be like any other summer and that they would just FRY in the North Texas heat. And what do you know…. it’s in the 60’s this morning and we’ve just had 3 inches of rain. Oh well! I know how you feel about blogging time, I’ve finally gotten back to the blog and will try to keep it up after I go back to work in a few weeks.

  6. Sheryl S

    Your salsa looks yummy. I love the chunkiness. Can’t wait to try your salsa receipe. Have you ever canned it? If so how did you do it? Thanks from one Texas girl to another!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Well howdy Sheryl! I’ve made & canned salsa before, but not this recipe. When canning salsa it’s super important to follow a canning recipe and not to increase the ratio of tomatoes to veggies as this can create an unsafe canning environment. This garden salsa is mixed up very casually and based on what’s going gangbusters in the garden. (usually with copious amounts of jalapeno since I like it spicy!)

  7. Karen

    It’s always a sweet pleasure to visit your blog! I love the notion of using what you have and going with what sounds good at the moment. And yes, if it get’s people excited about eating veggies – that’s a winner in my book too.
    Thanks for sharing the gorgeous veggies from your garden. Have a beautiful day!

  8. Linda

    Without question, fresh made salsa is so much better than out of a plastic jar!

  9. Christina @Juggling Real Food and Real Life

    I cook most of my food from scratch, but I’ve never made my own salsa. For some reason, peppers scare me. You’ve just about got me convinced to give it a try. I do know how much I love fresh salsa. I think it’s time for me to step out of my comfort zone………….

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Christina, if you’re concerned about the salsa being too spicy you can tone down the heat on the peppers by removing the seeds and white membranes from the inside. Many people find it helpful to wear rubber gloves during this process to keep the pepper juice from their hands but with a thorough hand scrubbing with soap & water afterwards I’ve never had a problem myself. Give it a try!

  10. Marie

    I love homemade fresh salsa. We grow lots of tomatoes and peppers in our garden each year and much of it goes into salsa. Nice post! Visiting here from the Get Fit Friday blog hop.

  11. Miki English

    I love homemade salsa! I’m a terrible gardener, but thankfully our local farmers market has a great selection of fresh veggies. My husband makes his special salsa recipe, jars it up and gives it out to our friends. A cute little mason jar of salsa makes a nice impromptu gift!

  12. Ashley

    I’ll be jumping into the world of vegetable gardening next year and I can’t wait for things like homemade salsa!!

  13. Bruce

    We have two raised beds which we have 8 tomato plants and herbs. This year we also are trying to grow some onions and in the fall we are going to plant garlic.


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