This fresh and easy restaurant style salsa makes a perfect appetizer and comes together in less than 10 minutes.  This salsa uses only fresh ingredients and can easily be made in a blender or food processer.

Restaurant Style Salsa | Live Well Bake Often

I’ve had salsa on my list of things to make for quite a while now, but I’ve kind of pushed it to the side.  Something about making salsa left me a little.. intimated?  I really have no idea why, maybe because baking is more of my thing.  Well, I decided to finally get over it and just try it out.

Um.. why have I been pushing this salsa making business aside for so long?

I can’t even begin to tell you how easy it is to make this salsa.  Seriously.  The only prep work required is a little washing and chopping, then your food process or blender does the rest of the work.  Trust me on this one, you won’t want to go back to store bought salsa after making your own.

Fresh Salsa

Side note – how gorgeous are these ingredients?  You’ll actually need a total of six tomatoes for this recipe.  I used roma tomatoes because they’re my favorite.  I used an entire jalapeno with the seeds removed and the salsa wasn’t spicy at all, so don’t be freaked out by it.  If you like your salsa spicier, then you can leave the seeds.

Also, for those of you who dislike cilantro have no fear!  I can’t lie I seriously dislike cilantro, but the amount in this recipe is perfect.  If you really like cilantro, you can feel free to double the amount.  We can still be friends.

Restaurant Style Salsa

So, to get this salsa making started all you need to do is slice the ends off of your tomatoes and then slice them in half.  Next up, give your onion and cilantro a little chop.  No need to over do it, the food processor will do all of the work.  Then slice your jalapeno in half and remove the seeds, or leave them to make it spicier.

Then pulse, pulse, pulse!

If you like a chunkier salsa, just pulse a few times in your food processor or blender.  If you like it thinner, then let her whirl for a bit longer.  I love my salsa a lot thinner.  Restaurant style all the way!

Restaurant Style SalsaThe beautiful thing about this salsa is that it tastes so incredibly fresh, unlike your average store bought salsa.  You can also make this salsa ahead of time and serve it when you’re ready.  If you make it ahead of time, the salsa has longer to sit together so the flavors can marry.  It’s also good straight out of the food processer, with tortilla chips.. or a spoon.

Restaurant Style Salsa | Live Well Bake Often

Pure perfection!

Restaurant Style Salsa

5 from 6 ratings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
This fresh and easy restaurant style salsa makes a perfect appetizer and comes together in less than 10 minutes. This salsa uses only fresh ingredients and can easily be made in a blender or food processor.


Servings: 6 servings
  • 6 Roma tomatoes rinsed with ends cut off and sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lime juiced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 jalapeno*
  • 1 clove garlic minced (1/2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar


  • Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until the salsa has reached your desired consistency.


* To make the salsa less spicy, remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno. If you prefer it spicier, you can leave both.
Refrigerate salsa in an airtight container for up to one week.
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Appetizer
Author: Danielle Rye
Serving: 1g, Calories: 43kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1.1g, Sodium: 202mg, Fiber: 1.1g, Sugar: 6.8g
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Adapted from The Pioneer Woman


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