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Italian Tomato Salsa

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This 15 minute Italian tomato salsa is the perfect side dish for any occasions and will complement your family dinner like nothing else!

Tomatoes are one of my favorite fruits of all. Yes, you read it right! although some people believe they are vegetables, to science, tomatoes are fruits.

bowl of italian tomato salad

Botanically, the tomatoes belong to the family of berries.

I feel silly by sharing this salsa recipe because you don’t even have to cook it for a second! It’s basically a juicy salad you can in between of preparation of other dishes.

What is Italian Salsa?

Salsa, or sugo, in Italian literally means ‘sauce’. It’s a salad prepared mainly with tomato, herbs, an acid component and an oil. The list of ingredients may differ depending on the location, but essentially, resembles a lot like the Mexican version of salsa.

What is the best tomato to make salsa?

The best tomatoes to make sala are Roma and Jubilee.

They are firm, tasty, juicy and has a succulent flesh that holds its shape when cut in cubes, perfect for salsas and salads. But of course, any tomatoes would work, including cherry and grapes.

Do you need to peel tomatoes for salsa?

You do not need to peel tomatoes to make salsa, however, some type of tomatoes have firm skin that might hard to eat if uncooked. It’s recommended to peel in this case.

The easier way to peel tomatoes is cutting a X just to rip the skin on the bottom of the tomatoes with a sharp knife, then boiling them for 1 minute. The skin will peel much easier with this process.

Cooking Time

  • Cooking: 0 hours
  • Preparation: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes

Servings

  • 4 servings

Ingredients list

  • 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 branches of mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste

ingredients to make italian tomato salad

How to make Italian Tomato Salsa

  1. Wash and dry the tomatoes and mint leaves. Cut the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds and chop the tomatoes in small cubes. Roughly chop the mint leaves, but leave some to garnish the salsa. Chop the walnuts finely.
  2. In a bowl, mix the tomatoes with mint, add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Add the walnuts and mix well. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

What to serve with

We suggest to serve this delicious salsa with:

Storage

Keep the salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Not suitable for home freezing.

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bowl of italian tomato salad

Italian Tomato Salsa

This 15 minute Italian tomato salsa is the perfect side dish for any occasions and will complement your family dinner like nothing else!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course antipasti, Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ripe tomatoes roma or jubilee
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chipped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 3 mint branches
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash and dry the tomatoes and mint leaves. Cut the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds and chop the tomatoes in small cubes. Roughly chop the mint leaves, but leave some to garnish the salsa. Chop the walnuts finely.
  • In a bowl, mix the tomatoes with mint, add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Add the walnuts and mix well. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

Notes

Storage: Keep the salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Not suitable for home freezing.
Keyword antipasti, appetizer, italian russian salad, mint, olive oil, side dish, tomatoes, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, walnuts

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