Summer Salsa

Salsa is delicious and easy to make, and it tastes great on many foods... so why would anyone buy it? And salsa isn’t just for chips: use it to top omelets, burgers, turkey sandwiches, and chili, the list is endless. Don’t like spicy salsa? Don’t worry — when you make your own, you can control the flavor.

Hands-on time:
15 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 15 minutes
to 4 Servings

Kitchen Gear

Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Large mixing bowl
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Mixing spoon


5 ripe tomatoes, cored and diced
1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 bell pepper (any color), cored, seeded, and chopped
1 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped (if you like spicy) (be very careful NOT to touch your eyes)
1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne (if you like spicy)
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put all the ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to overnight.


Tomatoes are actually a type of fruit because they have seeds, and can be eaten just like an apple! Tomatoes are also high in fiber and other nutrients like lycopene and vitamin A. Why is this good? Lycopene and vitamin A can help you to see better and can also help boost your immune system, which will help you to stay healthy!