Fresh Garden Salsa

All summer long, my parents have diligently taken care of three beautiful tomato plants – from the storms in early June through that surprisingly cold late July through the sweltering heat of August, they’ve watered and pruned and staked those plants, patiently waiting and hoping for the late summer bounty.

Now, in the last week, our kitchen counter has been overflowing with tomatoes…we’ve made salads. And bruschetta. And sandwiches. And spaghetti sauce. And BLTs. And not only do we have our tomatoes, but our neighbors have brought over some of their abundant Roma, beefsteak, and yellow tomatoes. And our kitchen counter continues to overflow…

What do you do with all these tomatoes?

The answer  is simple – salsa. My father’s favorite snack is fresh garden salsa made with his own robust tomatoes just bursting with flavor. This is just fine by me because, compared to the Fritos and dip he eats when it’s not salsa season, salsa is much more nutritious. Tomatoes are so full of vitamin C and lycopene and other nutrients that, nutritionally, there’s just no downside to salsa.

So if you’re standing in your kitchen or garden, wondering what on earth you’re going to do with 7000 tomatoes, I’ve solved your problem. Time to get chopping!


Fresh Garden Salsa
Photo by Nicci Brown

Fresh Garden Salsa

A Brown Family Original Recipe

Prep time: About 20 minutes

Yield: About 4 cups


  • 3 cups fresh garden tomatoes (cherry, grape, Roma, beefsteak…whatever is plentiful), diced
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 medium stalks of celery, diced
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • Tobasco sauce to taste


  1. Dice tomatoes, scooping out and removing seeds if tomatoes are too juicy (optional). Use whatever tomatoes are handy – but for the most robust flavor, try several different types.
  2. Dice green pepper, red onion, and celery and mix with tomatoes
  3. Mince garlic over veggies and add salt, pepper, and Tobasco sauce. Mix together.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate for a couple of hours to chill down.
  5. Enjoy!


Serving Size: ½ cup salsa

Calories: 25

Total Fat: 0 grams

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 85 mg

Potassium: 165 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 5 grams

Dietary Fiber: 1 gram

Sugars: 2 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Vitamin A: 500 IUs

Vitamin C: 15%

One Response to “Fresh Garden Salsa”
  1. Carol Brown says:

    The salsa is great! I was surprised too. I thought all that garlic would make the salsa too overwhelming but it didn’t – it was perfect. What an outstanding daughter-in-law and granddaughter we have, WOW. Love Gram and Gramps Brown

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