Best Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe

If you didn’t know it already, I live on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific ocean (along with about 50 thousand other people), and although the weather is great all year ’round, there are no ‘great‘ Mexican food restaurants.  Sure there a a couple of ‘ok‘ ones, but nothing authentic that screams ¡Olé!’ when you eat the food… especially the salsa.  This is a problem, because we love salsa in our family. We love it over Tacos, Burritos, Chips, Potatoes, & Salads.

We’ve got a couple of serious rules when it comes to salsa.  1. It has to be fresh, and 2. It cannot contain vinegar.  My husband also has his own rule: It must burn going in & out!  O_o  This is probably why he never gets bit by mosquitos!

Fresh Salsa is quick & easy to make.  You can use your VitaMix or Food Processor to make it – although I actually prefer the consistency of the salsa when it’s made in the Food Processor.

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The Best Raw, Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe -Gluten Free

This recipe makes approximately 64 ounces (or two quart sized Mason Jars), but feel free to scale it in half if you don’t need so much.

All ingredients I used were Organic.


  • 6 Large Tomatoes (de-stemmed)
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper (de-seeded to keep the Salsa Mild)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (peeled)
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic (peeled)
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • Leaves from 2-4 Cilantro Stalks – About 3-5 Tablespoons (or to taste)
  • 1 & 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt (or to taste)
  • 1  & 1/2 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper (or to taste)


  • In your Food Processor or VitaMix, combine Jalapeño, Onion & Garlic and pulse until minced.
  • Add in remaining ingredients & process until all ingredients are evenly minced & blended.
    (mixture may appear pink at first, but will turn red after a few hours in the fridge).
  • Serve immediately and/or Refrigerate any leftovers in sealed glass jars… Use within 7-10 days.

Enjoy Mi Amigos!!

~ Erika


    • says

      Hi Bev!

      Yes, absolutely! The only reason I typically use my food processor for this is that like the consistency better… although the clean-up with the VitaMix is sooo much easier! If you use your VitaMix, be sure to keep the blades on a lower speed and use your tamper to evenly blend the salsa.

      Enjoy & God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  1. SC says

    For the mosquito bites up your B vitamins, especially B-1. It helps us create our own natural bug repellant but it does require having regularly and in advance not right before you step outside.

    • says

      Hi Karen! Great question… I’ve never tried freezing it since fresh tomatoes don’t generally freeze well – but let me know if you try! =) God Bless! ~Erika

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