This year, I grew a garden that is a tad overgrown and has produced more tomatoes than I knew what to do with…until I thought about making my mom’s homemade salsa recipe.
I tweaked the recipe a bit to include fresh tomatoes (I had no idea mom’s recipe used canned tomatoes!), and I love how the recipe turned out. This fresh tomato salsa is perfect for dipping tortilla chips or for using as a sauce over chicken, quesadillas, nachos, or tacos. It comes together so quickly, I hope you enjoy!
Ingredients in Mom’s Fresh Tomato Salsa
Tomato sauce: Tomatoes release more antioxidants when heated, so canned tomatoes usually contain a higher concentration of free-radical fighting antioxidants than fresh tomatoes.
Fresh tomatoes: Tomatoes are highly nutritious (whether they are canned or fresh). They are rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K1, folate, as well as other plant compounds (such as lycopene) that are great for our bodies and may benefit overall health.
Onion: Onions may irritate symptoms for individuals with IBS, but they add a nice flavor and crunch to this salsa.
Green onion: Green onions have a mild flavor and add contrast to the red tomato in this salsa.
Garlic: Garlic may also irritate IBS symptoms, but it adds a distinct flavor to this salsa. Garlic contains sulfur compounds such as allicin which may make it beneficial for health. These benefits are most apparent right after the garlic has been crushed, chopped or cut.
Jalapeno: These peppers add a moderate amount of spice to the salsa. You can add more jalapeno seeds for more spice or less jalapeno seeds for less spice. They also contain a good amount of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.
How to Make Mom’s Fresh Tomato Salsa
This recipe really comes together so simply! First, chop all of the ingredients, then place them in a blender and alternate blending in short bursts with stirring and scraping down the sides until the salsa is the consistency you want. Season it with salt to taste, then store in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy it.
Tips for Making Mom’s Fresh Tomato Salsa
This recipe is high in FODMAPs because of the onion and garlic. If you don’t have tomatoes growing in your garden, you can absolutely use tomatoes from the store but I recommend doing this in the summer when they are fresh so you get the most flavor out of your tomatoes. You could try to make this in a food processor, but it makes a pretty large amount, so my food processor wasn’t quite big enough for this recipe.