Fresh Salsa

Cinco De Mayo (the 5th of May) doesn’t mean much in the UK, unless you are my cousin Celia whose birthday it is today! In America Cinco De Mayo is a holiday celebrating Mexican heritage. Growing up I remember doing the Mexican Hat Dance at school and looking forward to whacking the pinata at the end of the day, the eventual explosion of sweets/candy so exciting! We had tacos for dinner at home, it was a day of yummy food, like most celebrations!

As it is Cinco De Mayo today I thought it was the perfect day for a little salsa! This is just a few ingredients which quickly combine to make a salsa that will liven up anything from crisps to sandwiches or as a little spice on the side of your plate! Fresh salsa does not compare with the ready-made version in a jar, this will blow your taste bud socks off! It’s easily played around with if you want it hotter, milder, less onion. The olive oil isn’t essential, not traditional but, I think, adds a nice flavour and softens the sharpness of the lime and onion.


  • 1 large beefsteak tomato (or 2-3 medium), chopped into small cubes
  • 1/2 an onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped, seeds too if you dare
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • Splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Small handful of fresh Coriander, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and Fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Add all of the chopped ingredients to a bowl and gently stir to combine.
  2. Test for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper to taste.

This will keep for several hours, covered in the fridge. It is best eaten on the day its made.

With the coriander used in this recipe in mind I am linking this with the Herbs on Saturday blog challengeon @KarenBurnsBooth blog Lavender and Lovage.








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  1. #1 by @Lavender and Lovage (@KarenBurnsBooth) on May 5, 2012 - 13:46

    A GREAT entry for Herbs on Saturday and also for Cinco De Mayo! I am a Cinco De Mayo baby and I know all about the Fiesta elements of this day! LOL! Thanks for entering this GREAT recipe!

    • #2 by Jayne on May 5, 2012 - 14:03

      Thanks Karen, Happy Birthday!

  2. #3 by Lauralovescakes on May 5, 2012 - 15:51

    This looks delicious…I wouldn’t mind a little now with a few tortilla chips! There seems to be a lot of Cinco de Mayo inspired recipes around but I hadn’t heard of it before this year! 🙂

    • #4 by Jayne on May 6, 2012 - 17:29

      Ah the power of twitter, teaches me lots of new things!

  3. #5 by Wendy Read (@Sunchowder) on May 5, 2012 - 23:50

    Such nice memories… and a lovely salsa too! I just might give this a go tonight Jayne, thanks for posting!

  4. #7 by Charlotte @gofreecakes on May 11, 2012 - 07:34

    I love this Jayne, and anything Cinco de Mayo related, too : )

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