Quick and Easy Sugar-Free Salsa is not only simple to make and full of nutritious ingredients, but it’s also one of the quickest salsa recipes you’ll ever find. It’s even sugar-free and low in sodium too!
Salsa is one of my top favorite condiments of all, and so it’s a little strange to think I’ve never shared my favorite salsa recipe with all of you!
I even use salsa in one of my salad dressing “healthy hacks” where I like to substitute it for high-fat dressings. This is a great trick you can use both at home and in restaurants. Salsa is also one of the healthiest condiments you can use because it’s filled with so many nutritious fruits and veggies.
I’ll admit I tend to be a wee bit picky about what kinds of salsa I will buy and use since many products on the market contain added sugars (which you all know I don’t tolerate or use), so I came up with my own recipe that I thought I would share with you all today. It’s been my go-to recipe for a couple years now anytime that I want a batch of the homemade stuff!
Fun fact: Did you know there are over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes out there? Who knew! I should really grow some more of my favorite type of tomatoes (Roma) this summer, come to think of it!
Tomatoes are also a wonderful source of Vitamin C, plus they’re packed with antioxidants, fiber, potassium, and they are low on the glycemic index. I love to add tomatoes to salads, chilis, stir-fries, and they even taste pretty awesome grilled too!
For this salsa recipe, however, I’m not using fresh tomatoes.
But wait, don’t give up on me yet!
While they without a doubt make great salsa, I actually have a little cheat/hack I like sharing with people to make perfect salsa every single time: Use canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes and just make your own salsa with that by adding a few ingredients!
This is a great way to reduce the time and hassle of cutting fresh tomatoes when you want to make salsa, getting the juice everywhere, and then having to worry about getting the pieces just the right size. With canned, all you have to do is add the right amounts of herbs, a little lime, some garlic, onion, pepper, and a pinch of pink salt or another sea salt you enjoy to taste.
Salsa is the perfect accompaniment to fresh cut veggies and you can even make your own homemade tortilla chips to go with it too if you prefer. I like to pair my salsa with cucumbers since they’re light, hydrating, refreshing, and they go perfectly with tomato recipes of all kinds.
Cucumbers and tomatoes are also both great foods for your skin too, by the way! It never hurts to eat for beauty, right? 🙂
- 1 (15 ounce) can of no-salt-added, diced tomatoes
- 1/4 a yellow or white onion (or a pinch of onion powder)
- 1/4 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/8 tsp. dried cumin
- 2 tsp. dried cilantro
- 1 tsp. minced jalapeño pieces (seeds removed) - or you can use jarred
- juice from 1 lime
- pinch (about 1/16th tsp.) of pink sea salt
- cayenne or black pepper to taste (I prefer black pepper since it's not so hot!)
- Mince the onion into fine pieces or put it in a food processor and combine it with the rest of the ingredients. (If you don't tolerate onions for some reason, you can also just use a pinch of onion powder.)
- Toss to combine, and serve the salsa with your choice of fresh cut veggies (cucumber, carrots, peppers, celery, etc.) or homemade tortilla/pita chips.
- * This makes 2.5 cups of salsa, so feel free to use a larger can of tomatoes if desired, but be sure you adjust the rest of the ingredients. If you use a 29 ounce can, just double the rest of the ingredients.
- * You can also use the bottled lime juice if you want (about 1 tablespoon equals the juice of 1 fresh lime), but I find a fresh lime is much better.
- * If you use fresh cilantro, use about 1 tablespoon minced, fresh cilantro leaves to equal 2 tsp. dried cilantro for the recipe above.
- * If you would like this sweeter without sugar, add a packet of stevia or a tiny drop of liquid (plain) stevia. I like mine just fine without, but to each her own!
Let me know if you decide to give this salsa recipe, and I’d love to hear what you think!
What’s your favorite tomato recipe?