10 Minute Fresh Tomato Salsa


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Next time you’re tempted to buy salsa from the store, why not have a go at making your own fresh tomato salsa at home? It only contains 6 simple ingredients, takes 10 minutes to make, and tastes fresh and healthy. You’ll never look back!

closeup of a bowl of 10 minute tomato salsa from above with a spoon in it

Just recently, I discovered a gourmet supermarket that stocks wonderful ready prepared foods.

The one thing Mr Scrummy and I couldn’t resist buying was a big tub of homemade salsa and a huge bag of tortilla chips to dip into it.

It was delicious, but a bit expensive, so I decided to try to guess what was in it and make my own version at home. The result is this 10 minute fresh tomato salsa!

bowl of 10 minute tomato salsa from straight on

Simple… but delicious!

This is a very SIMPLE SALSA.

When we have a meal that salsa goes well with, like this 5 bean chili, I often just dice some tomatoes and onions and add a drizzle of olive oil.

Generally I think this is a neat hack. I only have 30 minutes to an hour (maximum!) to prepare dinner, so I don’t have time for anything else.

HOWEVER, if I’m just pulling something from the freezer (again, like 5-bean chili!), I sometimes go the extra mile and make this simple 10 minute tomato salsa. Sometimes I make it ahead and pop it in the fridge ready for that night’s meal.

Colourful blue and red bowl of 10 minute tomato salsa with a nacho in it and more nachos around the side

How do you make a tomato salsa?

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this 10 minute fresh tomato salsa:

Collage of ingredients for fresh tomato salsa salad including ripe tomatoes, fresh coriander, green onions, red onion, lime halves and a label that says plus olive oil, a drizzle of vinegar and salt and pepper.
  • diced tomatoes (of course!) – the juiciest, ripest you can find
  • a little diced red onion (but any kind of onion is fine)
  • some finely chopped green onions (salad onions / spring onions)
  • lime juice
  • a drizzle of vinegar – apple cider is great, but any vinegar works
  • chopped fresh coriander
  • salt & pepper

So yes, just 6 beautiful fresh ingredients!

“Don’t worry if you don’t have salad onions – just leave them out – and you could use lemon juice if you don’t have any limes.”

Making the salsa salad is as simple as mixing all of the ingredients together!

collage of 2 images showing process of Making tomato salsa

bowl of 10 minute tomato salsa on a square white plate and marble background

How long does tomato salsa keep for, and can you freeze it?

This tomato salsa keeps for quite a few days in the fridge – at least 3 to 4. After that you might find it’s gone past its best.

I’ve never frozen salsa before, but it’s fine to do so. There might be a bit more watery liquid in it after you’ve defrosted it, but you can easily drain it off.

Leftover salsa ideas

  • have it as a snack with a few tortilla chips or these air fryer pita chips (use your regular oven if you prefer)
  • serve it with quesadillas, tacos, or anything ‘Mexican’!
  • use it as a raw pasta sauce
  • mix it into a salad (why not?)
  • eat it with crackers and cheese, a bit like a chutney (try adding this amazingly easy cranberry cheese balls recipe!)
  • add it to a sandwich
  • eat it from a big spoon (just kidding – I probably wouldn’t eat it like this, but hey there are no rules!)

This is one of those basic but delicious recipes that are just good to know. They have everything. They’re easy. They’re nutritious. They’re versatile. They’re popular for a reason.

5 bean loaded nachos from above

10 minute tomato salsa tastes amazing with this 5 bean chilli recipe!

You make this again and again and it never grow old. I hope this becomes a go-to easy salsa recipe for you too!

someone eating 10 minute tomato salsa with a nacho from a blue and red bowl

More delicious dips and sauces

Don’t forget the homemade pita chips (air fryer or regular oven!) to go with them!


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Closeup of a dish of 10 minute tomato salsa from above
4.85 from 13 votes

10 Minute Fresh Tomato Salsa

Next time you’re tempted to grab some ready made tomato salsa at the supermarket, why not grab extra tomatoes and make your own instead. It’s simple and delicious, and only takes 10 minutes to make. Perfect with 5 bean loaded nachos, or just scooped up with tortilla chips as a snack. Yum!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped finely (3-4)
  • ¼ large red onion, chopped finely
  • 3 green onions, (salad onions/spring onions) chopped (3-4)
  • ¼ bunch fresh coriander, chopped (¼ – ⅓)
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • a drizzle apple cider vinegar, (or any vinegar!)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Stir all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl.
    3 medium tomatoes, ¼ large red onion, 3 green onions, ¼ bunch fresh coriander, 1 lime, a drizzle apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt & pepper to taste
  • Serve immediately or keep covered in the fridge for a few days. Alternatively you can freeze the salsa for later.


Storage: This salsa should stay fresh for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. You can freeze it if you like although you may want to drain off a little of the liquid after it’s defrosted.
Serving ideas: Perfect for serving with these air fryer pita chips (will work in a regular oven too!) for a party or as a snack. Goes well with five bean chili, or on tacos, quesadillas, or even salads or as a topping for cheese and crackers.


Calories: 69kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Fat: 5g, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 208mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 715IU, Vitamin C: 15.3mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I have one of those gadget vegetable choppers …. so used up all my plum tomatoes. Really tasty with some nachos! Thank you Helen for inspiring me to cook from a below freezing Manchester UK ! x

    1. Hello Glynis! Aw, thank you so much for letting me know! It must be even faster to prepare with the veggie chopper. I’m so happy you liked it! Stay warm!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! This fresh tomato salsa is so good to our body. I saw the recipe very easy to make.

  3. Very similar to how I make my fresh salsa, but I don’t add oil or vinegar. I do add Tabasco!

    1. 4 stars
      I’d made lunch: chick pea salad and had made a tomato salad that didn’t quite hit the spot. Then I found your recipe – I’d made your salsa if I added lime juice, which I had, and cilantro- which I didn’t have. The lime made all the difference! I added basil too.