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I’m excited to share my Restaurant Style Salsa recipe using simple ingredients. I usually add the ingredients to the blender or food processor, but if you prefer chunky salsa you can skip that step and chop your ingredients instead.

This easy salsa recipe is perfect for happy hour tortilla chips and salsa or as a topping for fajitas, tacos, or taco salad. Fresh homemade salsa makes a great addition to almost any menu or meal plan because it packs a lot of flavor without adding a lot of unnecessary calories or fat.

collage with image of finished salsa as well as salsa ingredients in blender, with text

Ingredients Needed for this Restaurant-Style Salsa:

  • Diced Tomatoes I buy the no sugar added canned tomatoes. You’ll still notice a measurement for sugar in the nutritional information, but that is because tomatoes have some natural sugar in them. You’ll just want to verify that the ingredients do not contain sugar.
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh limes You’ll be squeezing them to get lime juice
  • Onion I prefer red onions for the color and anti-inflammatory properties. Yellow or white onion is good to use, as well!
  • Fresh cilantro I’d definitely skip the dried cilantro here. Fresh cilantro will add to the fresh flavors you’re looking for.
  • Jalapeño pepper or serrano peppers This will give you a fairly spicy salsa. If you’d rather a mild salsa, skip the peppers.
  • Salt
ingredients for homemade salsa on white counter with striped towel

Directions for Making this Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa:

Follow these simple steps to make this flavorful salsa. It should take about 15 minutes of your time.

  1. Wash your ingredients.
  2. Cut the onion into smaller pieces and add all of the ingredients to your blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth (or whatever your desired consistency is) and store in the fridge in an airtight container until serving. I love storing this salsa recipe in mason jars.
collage showing the steps for how to make this restaurant style salsa recipe

Recipe Tips:

  • I love making a big batch of this salsa and freeze them in quart sized zipper bags. This salsa is best thawed on the counter or in the fridge–not in the microwave. 
  • You can use fresh tomatoes in this recipe, but I’d recommend removing the seeds and liquid to avoid watery salsa.
  • Using fire-roasted tomatoes or tomatoes with green chiles (a can of Rotel) is a fun way to make this recipe.
  • Love onion? Add an additional one. Love cilantro? Add an extra bunch of cilantro to this recipe–it’s very easy to adapt and will be delicious even with extra ingredients. SO much better than store-bought salsa.

Healthy Eating Plans:

21 Day Fix/Portion Fix:

1 cup salsa = 1 green container

Trim Healthy Mama

This is a FP recipe on THM and you don’t have to make any substitutions. 

Weight Watchers:

This recipe is 0 points on the myWW plans and on the 2023 Plan.

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Restaurant Style Salsa in the Blender

Created by: Becca Ludlum
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Approximate Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Servings 4 servings
This fresh and easy Restaurant Style Salsa recipe is our favorite, and one you've probably enjoyed if you've spent any amount of time in my kitchen. 

Equipment

  • Kitchen Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Vitamix Blender

Ingredients 

  • 16 oz diced tomatoes can, no sugar added
  • 2-3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 limes juiced
  • ½ onion chopped
  • ¼ bunch of cilantro chopped
  • ½ jalapeno more to taste if you’d like
  • ½ tsp salt optional

Instructions

  • Wash your ingredients.
  • Cut the onion into smaller pieces and add all of the ingredients to your blender or food processor. 1/2 onion, 16 oz diced tomatoes, 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, 2 limes, 1/4 bunch of cilantro, 1/2 jalapeno, 1/2 tsp salt
  • Blend until smooth (or whatever your desired consistency is) and store in the fridge in an airtight container until serving. I love storing this salsa recipe in mason jars.

Notes

Recipe Tips:
  • I love making a big batch of this salsa and freeze them in quart sized zipper bags. This salsa is best thawed on the counter or in the fridge–not in the microwave. 
  • You can use fresh tomatoes in this recipe, but I’d recommend removing the seeds and liquid to avoid watery salsa.
  • Using fire-roasted tomatoes or tomatoes with green chiles (a can of Rotel) is a fun way to make this recipe.
  • Love onion? Add an additional one. Love cilantro? Add an extra bunch of cilantro to this recipe–it’s very easy to adapt and will be delicious even with extra ingredients. SO much better than store-bought salsa.
Healthy Eating Plans:
21 Day Fix/Portion Fix:
1 cup salsa = 1 green container
Trim Healthy Mama
This is a FP recipe on THM and you don’t have to make any substitutions. 
Weight Watchers:
This recipe is 0 points on the myWW plans and on the 2023 Plan.

Nutrition

Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

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