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Fresh Salsa

Updated: Sep 19, 2020

Quick and Easy, Vegan, Nut free, Soy free, Kid friendly

Recipe by: Jennifer Coatanroch, La Vie Plenty

Guess what? Salsa totally counts as a vegetable serving! Don't tell that to the kids though. I am so lucky that my son loves salsa- as long as it's not spicy, because I have no problem letting him put it on his dinner when I serve something he might not be too excited about. What he doesn't know is, he's adding more veggies to his plate. Shhh, don't let out the secret!

Salsa is also a super healthy condiment for adults too! As long as it doesn't have added sugar, salsa is a great way to add flavor to your food without adding too many calories. Add it to your salad so you use less salad dressing, add it to your sandwich instead of mayo, top your fish, chicken, eggs, etc. with it, and so much more!

I kept this recipe pretty simple to make it kid friendly, but definitely play around with it to make it fit your tastes at home. I left out bell pepper and jalapeno since my son doesn't like the crunch from the pepper or the spice from the jalapeno. This recipe is a great base recipe, but it would also be good with black beans, roasted corn, and roasted red peppers!

By straining the tomatoes, you won't get a soupy salsa. You can use the reserved tomato juice to make a salad dressing, add to a soup, or add to a stir fry.

Put everything in the food processor, and pulse until you get your desired consistency.

Taste and add more salt, lime juice or cilantro if desired. And that's it!

Serve with homemade chips and guacamole for a completely well-balanced, guilt-free snack!

Here's the video of my son and I making the salsa


Fresh Salsa

Quick and easy, Vegan, Gluten free, Nut free, Soy free, Kid friendly


Prep time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cups _________________________________________


  • 2 ½ cups chopped tomatoes (about 1 lb tomatoes)

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 large shallot (or ½ small onion) chopped

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Place the chopped tomatoes into a mesh strainer over a bowl to strain the juices (to prevent the salsa from being too soupy).

  2. While the tomatoes are straining, place the remaining ingredients into a food processor.

  3. Add the tomatoes, and pulse until you have reached your desired consistency.

  4. Adjust salt, cilantro and lime juice to taste.

Enjoy with homemade pita chips and guacamole, or just as-is!!

Bon Appétit!

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