Clean Eating Cilantro Salsa Recipe

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I’m getting a little adventurous in the kitchen these days. Trying things I’ve never made before. It’s a lot of fun. Especially when you end up with a really fantastic recipe.

Case in point:Β Clean Eating Cilantro Salsa.

I went to the farmer’s market this morning and just started shopping for whatever looked fabulous.

As I shopped, I realized I was buying ingredients for salsa. Even though I’ve never made it before, I was definitely feeling up to the challenge. So I bought the rest of what I needed, went home and got to work in the kitchen.

Clean Eating Cilantro Salsa piled high in a clear champaign glass with a corn chip on top for garnish.

If you are a cilantro fan, this is definitely the salsa for you! Nobody at the dinner table could stop eating it. It was amazing! And it was gone before anyone could blink.


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Clean Eating Cilantro Salsa

Clean Eating Cilantro Salsa

This delicious salsa will leave you never wanting the jarred stuff again! (All ingredients are an approximate measure. Adjust to your liking.)
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 9kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 medium jalapeΓ±o (choose the type & amount based on how spicy you like your salsa)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 medium red onion


  • Chop all your ingredients. Be sure you chop them well. The finer you chop everything, the better texture your salsa will have.
  • Mix in a bowl and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 120mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. Yum! I can’t wait to try this.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Anne – Let me know what you think!

  2. What do you use for the chips? If this salsa tastes as good as it looks…I am going to need some REALLY clean eating chips to dip in it…cuz I am going to want A LOT! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipes!

  3. Robin Braun says:

    CAN’T WAIT to try this – YUMMMMMMM! Cilantro is my BEST friend!! πŸ™‚

  4. Kelly Gray says:

    I added lime juice for a kick and it was YUMMY!! Great site you have going here! Thank you for all the wonderful information!! πŸ™‚

  5. hey there… looks fabulous! I am hungry now! question… I need a new cam & I notice yours takes fab shots… what are you using to shoot? thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ghalya – Thanks! I use a Nikon D60 with a macro lens.

  6. You forgot the lime juice!! Most important ingredient πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tamara – No, I didn’t forget it. I just didn’t include it in this recipe. But feel free to add it if you like.

  7. trude wofford says:

    I added 2 tbsp red wine vinegar,and a squirt of lemon juice- and in the past have added tomato sauce great stuff

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – I never would have thought to add tomato sauce. Vinegar is good, but my husband won’t eat vinegar. So I had to sidestep that one. lol

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – Glad you liked it!! It’s a summer time fav around here. We love cilantro!

  8. Stacy Marie says:

    mmm….. that stuff is so good. but we’ve always just called it pico de gallo πŸ™‚

    1. Anonymous says:

      Stacy – The only place I’ve ever had pico de gallo is in a restaurant, and this isn’t like that stuff at all. Maybe the homemade stuff is different?

      1. Stacy Marie says:

        home made and fresh is always better! πŸ™‚

        1. Anonymous says:

          Stacy – For just about anything, yes!

  9. Tishtashr says:

    how much does this make? Is it enough for a party of ten or so?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tish – If they are big eaters, I’d make a double batch.

  10. If you add a can or two of your favourite beans (I like black beans and chick peas) this makes a fantastic bean salad! I make a big batch and put it in five containers for lunches during the week.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tegan – Wow!!! Thanks for the tip! I’ll try that for sure!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Bridget – LOL!! It’s good for you too! It detoxes your blood! (Or so I’ve read)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Charlie – You’re welcome! I’m happy you enjoyed it! I make it a lot in the hotter months.

  13. graciouspantry says:

    Maybe – That would be good!

  14. graciouspantry says:

    Melg – Sound wonderful! Thanks!

  15. graciouspantry says:

    JB – Sounds yummy!

  16. graciouspantry says:

    Carolina – Sounds great!

  17. I really really can’t stand cilantro. What other herb could be substituted? Fresh parsley? Thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Emma – I would go with basil.

  18. Stephanie Masters says:

    Your recipe is a lot like mine! I made mine, and then did a search for yours lol. Im trying to experiment on my own to see what I can come up with. My next venture is lasagna. We are Italian and I know how to make my own noodles, i just have to take the time to do so!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Stephanie – I’ve always wanted to make noodles, but just haven’t worked up the courage yet. Some day…

      1. Stephanie Masters says:

        It took me awhile to get them to actually be worth eating LOL. Its not easy i wont even lie! but you can do it

        1. graciouspantry says:

          I might give it a try!

  19. Niki Marie Frank says:

    I added lime juice, lime zest, and some olive oil. SO GOOD! Non-clean eaters ate it right up!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Niki – Fantastic!

  20. I totally followed the recipe and it is juicy and refreshing! My husband
    and the girls all love it! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it!

  21. Pico de Gallo is a weekly thing in our home. Leftovers usually get a facelift with black beans and corn. And to make it a meal instead of a condiment I add cubed chicken or fajitas. Yumm

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sounds wonderful!

  22. graciouspantry says:

    Yum is right!

  23. Lupemendoza66 says:

    this is pico de gallo, not salsa

  24. Allisonmae says:

    I LOVE the look of this salsa, it looks so fresh and appetizing!!

  25. I love cilantro! In Mexico we call this pico de gallo only that it also has avocado on it. Mixing this with shrimp or ceviche its amazing. Love your website, I will be checking your recipes now that I have started eating clean πŸ™‚

  26. Hope from Texas says:

    Try adding avocados and shrimp, it is wonderful!

  27. Hope from Texas says:

    Sorry didn’t see someone had suggested that already but another thing you might like to add that is very tasty is pieces of Mango.

  28. This sounds wonderful! What kind of pepper did you use? Bell? JalapeΓ±o?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shawna – Jalapeno.

  29. I make this all the time & it is Pico De Gallo. However, I squeeze a couple of fresh limes into it, add finely chopped jalepeno peppers & add a bit of salt as it really makes the flavour pop! I use only green peppers 1 large or 2 small to about 5 ripe, but firm tomatoes). You can also add diced cucumber into, but make sure you eat it quickly cause cucs spoil fast. Soooo good with guacamole tacos!!!! ENJOY!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tammy – Sounds wonderful! πŸ™‚

  30. I just recently started eating clean and I’m finding your blog and recipes to be so helpful! This salsa sounds amazing! Could it be made in larger batches and frozen?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cristy – I don’t recommend it, no. Fresh salsa can be very temperamental.

  31. stacey pickett says:

    just tried this via pinterest, and I won’t be buying canned salsa ever again!! mine doesn’t look as pretty- I used my chopper on everything, and smaller quantities. it is AMAZING!! thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacey – Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  32. im addicted to salsa. thank you

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Denise – My pleasure!

  33. I like to do with with shrimp, avocado, diced black olives, lime juice and clamato and it is DELISHHHH πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Caroline – Sounds wonderful!!

  34. Have you tried to freeze this? It looks amazing! I’m preparing my meals for next month when we have a new addition to our family and will be to busy/tired to cook lol.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shan – I don’t recommend it. The tomatoes will get mushy.

  35. I love making this salsa, but squeeze some lime over it!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katie – Sounds good! πŸ™‚

  36. Hardin Kyzer says:

    This salsa dish is too pretty to eat…. yummy!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hardin – Haha! Ya, but it’s tasty too! πŸ˜€

  37. I have been making salsa fresco for quite a while. I typically don’t add red onion, but green onions. People tend to like the flavor of the garlic more than onion. But whenever I make this. People just love it.
    If you can’t find a jalapeΓ±o pepper, you can add a can of rotel for the spice. I like to use my food processor for the garlic, cilantro, half of the tomatoes and pepper, giving it a slightly runny, but mostly chunky texture. It makes a bit more this way as well. And who wants to chop for a half hour straight!? Not me!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angelina – Sounds yummy!

  38. Stephanie says:

    Made this tonight and my husband loves it! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stephanie – Fantastic!! πŸ˜€

  39. Deb Newton says:

    LIME…gotta have lime juice πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Deb – Sure! That would be yummy! πŸ™‚

  40. What if I were to add shrimp and crab and lime and lemon juice, what other liquids would you recommend for me to make your cilantro salsa into the wonderful campechana that I used to get at Goode’s Seafood in Houston. Would be great since I left Houston 17 years ago.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ken – I would have to say a little tomato juice or sauce. Which one you use would dictate how thick the sauce is. I may have to come up with my own recipe for that. Sounds so good right now!

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