This restaurant-style mild salsa recipe takes under 5 minutes to make and is a great healthy, fresh homemade appetizer perfect for game day!
Plus it can be made all year round as it uses canned tomatoes! With cilantro, lime juice, onion and a few spices you can have this easy salsa on the table in minutes.
Serve it with flour tortillas or with corn chips for a naturally gluten-free snack.
Who doesn't love chips and dip!!! Put a bowl of fresh salsa on the table and people will be happy. Serve a few beers and people will be laughing. Serve a few margaritas and you have yourselves a party!
Restaurant salsa is so much better than anything you can buy in a can or jar. It is fresher, overflowing with flavor and doesn't have that slightly metallic taste that some jars/cans can have.
And now with this easy recipe you can make the same restaurant salsa at home.
How do you make restaurant style salsa at home?
The ingredient lists looks quite long but the process is so simple. You just add the ingredients to the food processor and blitz them for about two minutes.
If you add them in the following order the food processor will break down the larger items before it gets to the cilantro, so you will still get attractive green flecks in your salsa rather than a brown colored salsa.
- lime juice
Is this salsa suitable for kids?
My kids will be the first at the table if they know this is on offer.
This is a mild salsa, so there are no jalapeños in the mixture. Obviously feel free to add them if you like your salsa spicy or if your kids are exploring spicy foods.
I would add them after the onions, to ensure it gets thoroughly chopped up.
This salsa makes a great lunchbox idea! Spoon some into an airtight pot, add a few corn chips and enjoy dipping at lunch!
Can this salsa be made ahead of time?
It sure can!!!
In fact it is better made at least 3 hours before you need it. It gives the flavors time to meld together, making everything taste smoother.
How long will homemade salsa keep?
Okay, so it should last for up to 4 days in the refrigerator, BUT I have never had it last that long. We struggle to leave it the 3 hours 😉 let alone 3 days!
What to dip in your restaurant style salsa
Are you a soft tortilla or a hard tortilla kind of person??
We are mixed. So I like to serve both and also a selection of crunchy veggies for those avoiding carbs.
Get the recipe for my favorite homemade soft tortillas here.
For more dips try:
Restaurant Style Mild Salsa
- 28 oz can whole plum tomatoes including juice
- 1 small onion (see note 1)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 cup cilantro tightly packed
- Pour the canned tomatoes and their juice into a food processor (or blender).
- Peel and roughly chop the onion then add it to the tomatoes
- Peel the garlic and add them to the processor
- Add the spices, salt, sugar and lime juice. Then add the cilantro to the top.
- Pulse chop your salsa until you have the desired consistency.
- Transfer the salsa to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 4 days.
- You can use a brown, white or red onion.
Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks