If you fancy a snack and really want tortilla chips and dips then we all know this can be really unhealthy. Making your own dips can make a huge difference to this so here is a fantastic recipe for garden fresh salsa perfect as a BBQ side dish.

Garden fresh salsa
Garden fresh salsa

How to adapt this recipe to different heats

If you try this recipe and decide you would rather have it hotter then simply change the chilli pepper you use. Do take it steady though as if you suddenly swap to a handful of scotch bonnet peppers you might be begging for a glass of water.

The advantage of this recipe is it does not require cooking so if you build it up and taste it as you go then you really can not go wrong.

Never be afraid to add too little as you can always add more. Why not check out chillies which are only slightly hotter than you have tried before? I found this site helpful to compare different chillies.

Using varieties of tomatoes to make this different

Have you ever seen the mixed packs of tomatoes in the supermarket and wondered how you could use them? This is the perfect recipe and the bigger the variety you use the more colourful it is.

chopping fresh tomatoes
Chopped fresh tomatoes

What to enjoy this garden fresh salsa with

Not only is this a great recipe to enjoy with other dips and crudites it is also great with dishes like an omelette and a great way to add extra vegetables to your meal.

A crowd-pleaser this would be great for a BBQ or a buffet of any kind whatever the time of year. If you have visitors then putting out bowls of dips and crisps etc couldn’t be easier.

With a homemade dip like this one too it is a great way of showing off how organised you are, even though it only took you 15 minutes and with ingredients, you likely already had in!

Garden fresh salsa
Garden fresh salsa

Other recipes you may enjoy

If you are looking for dips then do check out my dips guide here full of healthy and interesting dips for all the family to enjoy.

If you are more interested in BBQ dishes then you can find some great ones here. For a buffet, type dishes check out this post.

Why not consider it with low-calorie crisps as a low-calorie snack?

Crustless quiche
Crustless quiche

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Garden fresh salsa

Healthy garden fresh salsa

  • Author: Jen Mellor
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large portions 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Party
  • Diet: Low Calorie


How to make a delicious garden fresh salsa as a perfect side dish to go with your tortilla chips or vegetable crudites



6 ripe medium size tomatoes or several small

1 1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 jalapeno pepper

1 mild head pepper such as corbaci, banana pepper, anahein pepper or similar

1 green bell pepper

1/2 medium red onion

3 tbsp fresh cilantro or 2 tbsp dried cilantro

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp lime juice


Remove seeds from bell pepper, jalapeno pepper and your choice of mild heat pepper and finely dice.

Finely chop the red onion. 

Dice tomatoes into chunky pieces

In a medium-size bowl mix peppers, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, salt, cumin, and juices.

Allow salsa to mellow at room temperature before serving.

Serve with tortilla chips or vegetable crudities.


Keywords: Salsa, easy salsa recipe, garden fresh salsa,

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  1. really yummy! I substituted the green pepper for yellow though as I find green too bitter – a hit with my teens – but I had to make a second batch pretty quickly!!!