Best Sweet Onion Salsa Recipe

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!

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Then I fell in love with Garden Fresh Gourmet Sweet Onion Salsa.  I have even Instagrammed my love of GFGSOS until the price was raised to $4.59 for 16 ounces.  We go through a truckload of salsa in this house.  I figured out we would be spending $60 a month on this salsa at the rate our family devours it.

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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 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

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.

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sweet onion salsa recipe homemade

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.

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I like it slightly chunky so I pulse just a few times…

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Then I just store it in an airtight plastic container in the fridge and it is gone in 2 days flat.

fresh sweet onion and cilantro salsa

It is so good and my whole family gobbles it right up.

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