Restaurant Style Salsa with Fresh Tomatoes

Restaurant Style Salsa with Fresh Tomatoes

This Restaurant Style Salsa with Fresh Tomatoes is quick, easy, and so delicious! There’s nothing better than homemade salsa.

Heads up! This recipe was first published in 2014. The pictures were updated 2017. Enjoy!

When Tim and I were in our dating years, his apartment was stocked with two main foods: Hamburger Helper and Ramen Noodles. We’re talking Ramen Noodles by the case.  The man didn’t buy fresh vegetables. Ever.

When we were first married we went to one of his childhood friend’s weddings.  Word was out that I was one of those weird healthy eaters, and the friend asked me how that was working out with Tim since he’d never seen him eat any vegetables the entire duration of their friendship.He was shocked when I said he did, in fact, eat the vegetable-centric things I cooked. Maybe it was love for me, or a newfound discovery that vegetables are really not as bad as he thought, but Tim has come so far from those Hamburger Helper days.He tries things I’m sure he never thought he’d try and eats more vegan meals than most carnivorous men I know. My love for vegetables has translated into his at least a tolerance for them.  He tries every single thing I make, even if it looks like something he will hate. That’s love.

So many of the foods I make are in an attempt to get him to like the things I like.

This salsa is a different story.

I’m a chunky salsa girl.  I wanted to take these local, organic tomatoes and turn them into my favorite kind of salsa with lots of big chunks.

Instead, I turned them into Tim’s favorite kind of salsa.  For all the dishes I’ve made him with the list of vegetables he dislikes, and he’s eaten anyway, it’s the least I could do.

Tim despises salsa with chunks.  He wants his salsa restaurant-style, so made this batch especially for him.

Turns out, even though I’m still a chunky salsa girl, when you are using fresh tomatoes, even thin, restaurant-style salsa tastes amazing.

I’m quite certain, actually, that homemade salsa with fresh summer tomatoes, when paired with crunchy tortilla chips, is one of the most perfect foods on the planet.

If you think that homemade salsa is too much work, think again.  Homemade salsa takes just minutes to prepare.  You are just minutes away from having one of the most perfect foods on the planet in front of you.  What are you waiting for?!

PrintRestaurant Style Salsa with Fresh Tomatoes

Summer’s best fresh tomatoes makes this restaurant style salsa beyond amazing. This salsa is full of garden-fresh flavor and can be made in just minutes!

Author: Happy Healthy Mama

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 4 pounds tomatoes, tops removed
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed, and roughly chopped
  • 2 chili peppers of choice, roughly chopped (you can include the seeds and membranes for hotter salsa or remove them for milder salsa)
  • 5-8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
Read the whole recipe on Happy Healthy Mama