How to Make A Healthy Restaurant-Style Salsa

Are you wondering how to make a healthy restaurant-style salsa recipe? Well, mine is simple and it’s the best. When your nephew calls from South Carolina for the recipe, you know you’re doing something right.

Another beautiful thing about this is that it only takes a food processor or blender, a cutting board, and a knife.

picture of my healthy restaurant style salsa with chips. One of the chips is dipped into the salsa

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What Makes it A Restaurant-Style Salsa

For me, restaurant-style is a salsa that is thick with some tomato chunks in it. Being able to grab a nice amount of salsa on your chip is the ticket for me. This recipe won’t disappoint.

This recipe is mild by my standards and if you want hot, you have to add more jalapeno peppers. The beauty of this recipe is that once you make the base, you can add more peppers, onions, and garlic. It’s totally up to you.

Below there are more ideas of ingredients you can add to this recipe.

Deseed a Tomato

Cut the core of the tomato with a small paring knife in a cone shape. Then cut the tomato into quarters. With a spoon scoop out the seeds and the pulp from inside the tomato, leaving just the exterior meat.

How Long Does Salsa Last?

Once you process all the ingredients, you need to let them sit at room temperature for an hour. This allows all the flavors to blend together.

By day two the flavors are more complex but it also seems to be a bit watery as the water from the tomatoes continues to release. Give it a quick stir and enjoy.

If you still have anything left over by day three it’s time to toss it.

picture of my healthy restaurant style salsa with chips and two margaritas

How to Make A Healthy Restaurant-Style Salsa


Prep Time10 minutes
Resting Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Salsa
Servings: 2 cups


  • Food Processor
  • sharp knife
  • Cutting Board
  • measuring spoons


  • 1 can whole tomatoes, drain the liquid
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 small handful of cilantro
  • 3 green onions, cut into thirds
  • 1/2 – 1 large, seeded jalapeno
  • 1 large tomato or 2 small, cored, and deseeded
  • 4 oz can of green chilies
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • salt and pepper


  • Put first 5 ingredients in processor and process until smooth, scraping down if needed
  • Add the remaining ingredients and process with brief pulses until desired consistency.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour

Food Processors/Blenders

Are You Wondering…Is Salsa Healthy?

This homemade restaurant-style salsa is full of healthy ingredients. Tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, peppers, green onions, healthy oil, and lime juice. All good for you foods.

This recipe is also very customizable. You can add more tomatoes if you want it chunkier. You can also add the following for different flavors

  • cut corn
  • diced mango or pineapple
  • bell peppers
  • hot peppers
  • diced avocado

Chips and Salsa are a staple in our house for Easy Entertaining. I have a whole series of How to Entertain with Ease. You can read about it HERE.

Tuesday is almost always taco night at our house, so this will be perfect for our Tasty Tuesday Taco Night! You can find my unusual recipe for Tacos HERE Enjoy!

Peace & Love,

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  1. Lynn, thanks for sharing. There is nothing better than homemade salsa. I have a bumper crop of tomatoes so this would be perfect. Also, recently had ALOT of fresh peaches from our tree and made peach salsa~so delicious!

    1. It is even better with tomatoes fresh from the garden. I can’t wait. I won’t see red tomatoes until late July/August

  2. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I may need the recipe for the margarita too!

    1. I will plan a summer drink post and add the recipe to it. It’s actually Emma’s recipe from college days…

  3. Salsa is one of our favorites along with tacos too, Lynn! My mom grew up in the southern Texas area so, of course, that influenced the foods I grew up on. Your salsa recipe looks amazing! Pinned ????

    1. I love it too! I can hardly wait until I have fresh tomatoes from my garden. Then it’s even more yummy.

  4. I’m including this post in my newsletter blog post this week! Thanks, my friend!