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Easy Healthy Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe – Weight Watcher’s Pico de Gallo

Posted Aug 01 2011 11:55am

Are you looking for a simple salsa recipe with fresh tomatoes? I’ve got you covered with a simple and delicious easy healthy fresh tomato salsa recipe you can use all kinds of ways.

Is salsa healthy?

Yes, it’s naturally low fat, low in calories and full of good for you vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – since it’s made from tomatoes, chile peppers, onions, cilantro and fresh lime juice.

It’s better for you and much lower in sugar than ketchup – making it my condiment of choice – especially when I’m focusing on eating well and staying slim. In fact, salsa was one of my go-to zero point foods during my Weight Watchers days. (I could always count on a dish of green beans topped with salsa to get me through a hunger crisis when I needed an easy healthy zero points snack that would satisfy me.)

Heck, you know it’s healthy when you can even find a simple recipe for salsa on a website like MedicineNet.com.

It’s pretty easy to find decent salsa at the grocery store and doctor it up a bit, which is what I do most of the year – when most of the fresh tomatoes available are expensive and tasteless. The only downside to jarred salsas is that they can be high in sodium.

Easy Healthy Fresh Tomato Salsa

Easy Healthy Fresh Tomato Salsa

But during the summer when fresh tomatoes are tasty and plentiful – it’s definitely worth it to make it at home – at least once in a while. The nice thing about salsa is that you don’t have to be exact. You can be creative and use what you have available. You might want to try adding black beans, roasted corn , chopped bell peppers, chopped avocado or fresh fruit like mango .

Did you know that salsa is simply the Mexican word for sauce? Most Mexican salsas consist of just a few simple ingredients – tomatoes, onion, chiles, cilantro, and lime – for example, that can be put together in a matter of minutes. Grinding ingredients together in a rough bowl -shaped mortar called a molcajete is the traditional method for making many salsas.

If you don’t have a molcajete  handy, you can use your blender or food processor. Or simply chop everything finely and stir it all together.


Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: None
Standing Time: at least 30 minutes
Yield: about 2 cups

This simple fresh salsa goes my many different names including salsa fresca and pillo de gallo. It’s a delicious basic condiment that goes well with just about everything. You can serve it with tacos, tostadas or quesadillas of course. And it’s also great as a topping for grilled fish, chicken or shrimp. I also love it on top of scrambled eggs.

For a smoother salsa, you can put everything in the blender or food processor and pulse a few times until it’s almost smooth, but still a little chunky.

Ingredients

4 – 6 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion (red or white)
1 jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper or to taste

Preparation

In a medium-size mixing bowl combine all ingredients until well blended. For a smoother salsa, you can put everything in the blender or food processor and pulse a few times until it’s almost smooth, but still a little chunky.  Cover and let stand for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors blend. Give it a stir, taste and adjust the seasonings before serving.

This fresh tomato salsa recipe can be stored covered in the refrigerator and is best if used within 1 to 2 days of making.

Nutritional Information: Per Serving (1/3 cup): 25 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein, 200 mg sodium, 0 WW Points+

Source: Adapted from Weight Watchers Momentum Healthy Cooking Basics

Links:

Fresh Tomato Salsa – from Elise at Simply Recipes
16 Homemade Salsa Recipes & Canning Tips  -  from TipNut
Fresh Tomato Salsa – from Real Simple

Related Easy Healthy Recipes:

Guacamole Recipes
Simple Mango Salsa Recipe
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

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