This Recipe includes
|Tomatoes – any type of tomatoes such as campari, roma or plum tomatoes.|
|Onion – I recommend fresh red onions|
|Garlic powder or flakes|
|Parsley – for a bit of green and for flavor|
|Olive oil – traditional ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine to cook the tomatoes.|
|Lemon juice – freshly squeezed lemon juice for flavor|
- Any type of tomatoes will do, such as campari, roma or plum tomatoes. I would just recommend avoiding steak tomatoes as they are quite large, and not quite as succulent.
- Leave the tomatoes as crushed or as chunky as you wish, it is part of the fun of this recipe. You can also run the salsa through a blender if you wish.
Why we love it
Italian salsa is a simple, easy and healthy appetizer that everyone always love. Whether you are having a party or just watching the big game on TV with family, this is one dish that will delight.
And the best part of the Italian salsa cruda is how easy it is to make. None of the ingredients need to be cooked, and everything is chopped “crudely”. A salsa cruda is less finely chopped than a salsa fresca, meaning that no one is going to be judging your knife cutting skills.
What to serve with it?
You can serve Italian salsa with mini toasts to make it into a bruschetta, tortilla chips, or even small pieces of pita. You can also serve it on top of a salad as a dressing, or as a side with baked chicken or fish to add a bit of flavor.
How to store it?
Italian salsa cruda can easily be kept in the freezer. Drain some of the excess liquid from the sauce and put it in an airtight glass jars designed for freezing.
The entire jar must be thawed out when using, and cannot be refrozen, so keep each portion of the sauce small.
Italian salsa cruda
- 3 medium-sized tomatoes Roma, campari, plum, etc.
- 1 red onion
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- juice from a 1/4 lemon
- 2-3 leaves of chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Using a fork and a sharp knife, cut the tomatoes into small chunks and add to a large mixing bowl
- Chop the onion and parsley and add to the chopped tomato mixture.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix in.
- Place in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
- Serve while cool or room temperature.
Other tomato recipes
- Roasted tomatoes with garlic and parsley
- Italian marinara sauce with crushed tomatoes
- Homemade Bruschetta salsa
- Air fryer roasted cherry tomatoes
If you enjoyed that, check out our other classic appetizer recipes that are easy to make. Bon appétit!