Restaurant Style Salsa

Best Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe | Learn how to make Fresh Homemade Salsa

One of the easiest, simplest and loved recipe by my family. Restaurant Style Salsa made with fresh summer produce.. Tomatoes, Cilantro, Lime/Lemon juice and Jalapenos. Homemade Salsa is one of the best ways to enjoy munchies like corn chips/ nachos or tortillas.

What is Salsa

Salsa is Mexican Condiment and typically means ‘Sauce with wide varied forms’. Mexicans usually prepare their salsa fresh, though these days you can see so many variations in store aisles.

Salsa is used as dip with nachos, tortilla chips, added to bean salads and as topping for enchiladas and quesadillas.

Related —Vegetarian Black Bean Salad with Crunchy Tacos, Vegetarian Nacho Soup

Another mexican dip from the blog- Guacamole

Try soft and nutritious Spinach Tortillas from the blog to make healthy burritos, quesadillas or burritos.

Tomato Salsa is the most popular and basic salsa. You can make different versions of it with adding different fruits like pineapple, mango or veggies like grilled fresh corn, colored bell peppers etc.

Another family favourite Salsa from my blog– Mango and Strawberry Salsa

Do you know No Cook Salsa made with fresh ingredients is known as SALSA FRESCA/CRUDA.

Salsa made with Green Tomatoes/Tomatillos is known as Salsa Verde.

Cooked Salsa are made with roasted tomatoes and dried red chillies.


Ingredients to make Restaurant Style Salsa

TomatoesRed ripe juicy tomatoes Roma Tomatoes are my favourite choice. Cherry tomatoes are my other favourite. In Indian variety I like the country tomatoes (Desi Variety). Many people like canned tomatoes, but I love using fresh tomatoes to make Salsa Fresca. You can also add roasted or grilled tomatoes, but that will come under cooked Salsa category.

Red Onions– Soak Onions for a few minutes in water, it lessens the bitter taste which can make the uncooked salsa taste unpalatable.

Chilli Peppers- Jalapenos are the popular choice but to add heat you can add any of your favourite or locally available variety. Add chillies as per your heat/chilli tolerance. Discard the seeds from chillies if you do not want it very spicy.

Cilantro/Fresh Coriander Leaves- Fresh Cilantro leaves add a refreshing taste. Do not add lots of it, as cilantro will shield the taste of tomatoes.

Acid– Lime/Lemon to add the citrusy flavour. But if your really want to get the typical restaurant style taste, try to add vinegar(white rice vinegar or any other plant based). Add lemons if you really want more tangy and citrusy taste. I also, add lime /lemon while serving and the tomatoes don’t have strong flavour.

Others– Cumin Powder, Salt to taste, Sugar(to balance the acidity of tomatoes and lemons), Black Pepper Powder(optional, I did not use it).

How to make Restaurant Style Salsa

To make best restaurant style Salsa, simply blitz all the ingredients to your desired consistency. If you want more chunky salsa, pulse it for fewer times. For a more finer salsa, pulse the ingredients to finer consistency.

Can we freeze Salsa

You can also freeze Salsa for a couple of days, but for me, nothing beats the taste of fresh salsa. You can make a day ahead before your parties or gatherings.


Restaurant Style Salsa

Best Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe | Learn how to make Fresh Homemade Salsa
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Condiments
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 Cup


  • Food Processor/Blender


  • 3-4 Red Juicy Tomatoes
  • ½ Red Onion
  • 1-2 Chillies-Jalapenos/Serrano/Habanero (any locally available)
  • Cilantro/Fresh Coriander few Sprigs
  • 1-2 tbsp White Rice Vinegar(optional) or any plant based
  • 1 Lemon optional
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1-2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste


  • Nicely wash cilantro leaves.
  • Roughly chop onion and soak it in water for about 5 minutes. This is an optional step. You can skip if onions are not very bitter.
  • Roughly chop tomatoes.
  • Deseed chilli peppers if you want less heat.
  • Add all ingredients in food processor and blitz. Pulse as per the desired consistency.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Chill for a couple of hours before serving.


Add lime/lemon juice if you do not want to add vinegar.
Adding Vinegar also acts as preservative and you can store uncooked salsa for 3-4 days.
Keyword Resturant Style Recipe

Do make this easy peasy Fresh Salsa/ Salsa Fresca /Salsa Cruda to relish with nachos. You can also have it toasted bread, as dip with pita chips, add in burritos or salads.

Pair it with Augs Frescas/Summer Coolers — Melon and Mint Agua Fresca, Basil Lemonade

This is my family’s favourite and I hope you and your loved ones will surely love it as much as we do.

Tagging my Restaurant Style Salsa to facebook group event Foodies Monday Bloghop, where the theme is Family Favourite.

This wonderful theme was suggested by Aruna, who blogs at Vasu’s Veg Kitchen. If you want to lip smacking dishes from South Indian cuisine, do hop onto her blog to explore the cuisine and more varieties. she made these delicious Homemade Chocolates. Another recipe that am waiting to try is Karnataka Style Raw Mango Pickle with raw mangoes.

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10 thoughts

  1. Salsa looks absolutely scrumptious and too tempting Swati. With Nachos or any chips, this is surely a crowd-pleaser. Would love to try for my Mexican friend when he visits me.

  2. yum yum yum yum ! this is one of our family fav too, and love the texture and colours ur salsa has got, swati.. with some taco or tortilla chips, this is a huge hit, am sure..

  3. The way nachos served with salsa looks very inviting and takes everyone in party mood. No doubt it tasted super yummy, hubby love to have nachos with cheese dip, but I need salsa. Will try your salsa next time 🙂

  4. The salsa looks soooo good! I make salsa at home too, but love the way yours looks – delicious and exactly restaurant style. Definitely trying it out to have with nachos. 😊

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