One Tomato Salsa Fresca

I’m notorious for LOVING leftovers… leftover food, leftover ingredients, whatever sgraggly bit happens to be lying around, give it here.  I’ll most likely turn it into something new and scrumptious.  I just happened to have exactly one tomato, one jalapeno, one lime, wilting cilantro, garlic and a red onion.  Naturally, I couldn’t think of what would be more perfect than to make some fresh salsa.  The ingredients practically spelled it out for me.  Although, originally, I didn’t think that one tomato would be enough, but mixed with the right amount of other ingredients, it stretched just fine.  

One Tomato Salsa Fresca |
One Tomato Salsa Fresca |

And it ended up being the perfect amount for just Joe and me to eat together.  My cilantro that I bought on sale was starting to look sad so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect to chop it up!

One Tomato Salsa Fresca |
One Tomato Salsa Fresca |

I love the taste of this one particular peach and pineapple salsa from Target, probably because although it’s still tomato-based, the overall taste is on the sweeter side due to chunks and puree of fruit.  I didn’t have any fruit to puree, but I had some honey, and a little squirt did the trick to pull it all together.

One Tomato Salsa Fresca |

When the salsa is sprinkled with salt and pepper, naturally this draws out moisture from the tomatoes, so the salsa becomes juicy.  Well that was just fine with us because we ate it as a side dish to our little Mexican meal and the yellow rice absorbed all that juicy limey and sweet flavor, which made the rice itself go to a whole other level.  One-tomato salsa is the perfect little amount.  Try whipping it up for yourself!

This salsa fresca is easy to whip up, refreshing and light.  It can even be used as a fresh and flavorful topping for fish or grilled chicken.  Yum!  Oh, and happy birthday to my sister, Christina!  Maybe I’ll make this for her when she comes to visit California next month!

One Tomato Salsa Fresca
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Super easy and totally flexible. Goes well with fish or meat
Serves: 2
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and white pith removed and finely diced
  • ¼ of a red onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, squeezed
  • 2 squirts of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon of each kosher salt and black pepper
  1. Chop up all the vegetables, tomato and cilantro. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the vegetables. Squirt some honey on top. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Mix lightly. Enjoy!


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