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The restaurant style salsa served in a white bowl that's set on a platter with tortilla chips and a bed of lettuce, guacamole and lime wedges on the top, right side.

Easy Restaurant Style Salsa

This restaurant style salsa is as easy as it gets. It’s made in a blender and there’s no cooking involved. In this recipe, canned tomatoes are combined with onions, cilantro, lime juice and spices to make a delicious appetizer and topping.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword cold dips, salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
chill time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 31kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • ½ cup Diced White Onion about ½ of a large onion
  • ¼ cup Chopped Cilantro do a rough chop it’s going into the blender anyway
  • 1 Garlic Clove minced
  • 3 tablespoons Lime Juice about 1-2 limes depending on how large and juicy they are
  • 1 teaspoon Salt plus extra if needed at the end
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can Diced Tomatoes (or two 14.5 ounce cans)


  • Add all the ingredients to a blender (or food processor) starting with the onions and cilantro so they sit at the bottom closest to the blades. Then, add the garlic, lime juice, salt, cumin, pepper and finish with the diced tomatoes on top.
  • Pulse the salsa about 8-12 times or until the desired consistency is reached (less for chunky salsa - more for smooth).
  • Taste using a tortilla chip (if serving with chips) and gauge if more salt is needed. As a reference we did not add extra salt to ours.
  • Place the salsa in a large bowl and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, a few hours to overnight is better.
  • Serve with chips or as a side to your favorite Mexican and Southwestern inspired dishes.


Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg