I LOVE salsa. But it has to be good, fresh salsa. I love sweet salsa but don’t love the mango or the peach kind. I also don’t like it spicy. I used to love the Sweet Onion Salsa from Aldi until about a year ago when they stopped carrying the brand I liked and switched to another less yummy brand. I am not a huge fan of canned salsa either. I have tried every kind and it just doesn’t taste fresh enough for me. I know…I know…picky picky picky!
So I set out to try and recreate the salsa myself. Now I will say it doesn’t taste like Garden Fresh Gourmet (mine is more cilantro-y) but after several trials and errors, this stuff, in my opinion, is just as good as any fresh salsa out there. And it costs about $1.50 and 5 minutes. Win and win! Plus the entire 16 ounces is 160 calories or 5 calories per tablespoon so it is a great way to add flavor without packing on the calories.
1 can of diced tomatoes (undrained) or 1 1/2 cups of fresh tomatoes
1/3 bunch of cilantro (or about a handful)
1/4 of a sweet onion (or 1/2 cup diced)
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 tablespoon agave nectar, real maple syrup or sugar (or I use 1 teaspoon of Truvia for a no-sugar option)
1/2 juice of a lime or 1 1/2 tablespoons of lime juice
1 teaspoon of minced garlic or one clove
1/4 heaping teaspoon of cumin
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 jalapeno slice
1. Measure out all the ingredients except for the tomatoes directly into the food processor. Blend until everything is chopped up.
2. Next I add the can of tomatoes and pulse about 5-6 times in order to cut them down a bit. However if you don’t like chunky salsa blend away.
I like it slightly chunky so I pulse just a few times…
Then I just store it in an airtight plastic container in the fridge and it is gone in 2 days flat.
It is so good and my whole family gobbles it right up.