Simple Garden Salsa {Vegan, Whole Food}

Easy Garden Salsa pre-blend

Our family loves salsa (yes, even our 2 and 3-year-olds). The kids are also crazy about tomatoes. But somehow once the tomatoes ripen and go in the crisper drawer, I very often forget about them. So, while we have a pretty good cooked Salsa Recipe that we like, I’ve been looking for a great, simple, raw salsa recipe that I can throw together quickly when I discover tomatoes in the back of that crisper drawer. I think I finally found a great one on Pinterest. It takes about 5 minutes to make and I almost always have all the ingredients on-hand. I used fresh tomatoes, of course, since that was the whole reason I was looking for the recipe, but the original uses canned. I think using canned tomatoes will be great in the Winter when I’m not getting yummy tomatoes in my CSA box.

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Simple Garden Salsa

Adapted from Quick and Easy Salsa Recipe.


  • 4 medium tomatoes, quartered

    Easy Garden Salsa, blended

  • 7 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded or not (determines spiciness)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or maple syrup or agave for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • small to medium size handful of cilantro, washed
  • juice of 1 lime


Place all ingredients in food processor or blender. Process for about 30 seconds and serve. 
Yield: about 3 cups
Recipe Source:

Easy Garden Salsa, canned in 6 half-pint jars (can be frozen)

Pulut Hitam Black Sticky Rice


  • 1 cup pulut hitam (black glutinous rice)
  • 8 cups boiling water (or hot water)
  • 2/3 cup honey (more or less, to taste)
  • 15 ounces coconut milk


Place all ingredients, except coconut milk, in CrockPot. Cook on LOW for 3 hours. Serve with a few tablespoons of coconut milk on top of each serving.

The Results

Holy cow, delicious! So incredibly easy, too! Yum. I highly recommend this recipe.

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  1. Katrina says

    Tomatoes actually keep much better on the counter. They get mealy in the fridge. I love making fresh salsa. I do use rotel cannoned tomatoes with lime and cilantro to make salsa in the off seasons.

    • says

      That's so true. I keep mine on the counter or windowsill, if not quite ripe, until i get scared that they're going to go bad, then they go in the crisper and get lost until I make salsa!