Salsa cruda is a fresh tomato salsa, using the best ripe tomatoes of the season. Find multi-colored heirloom tomatoes for a vibrant, confetti-like look!

Heirloom Tomato Salsa Cruda

It’s the peak season for our markets here in Indiana; they’re chock full of big beautiful tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, berries, and corn. Wandering through our local market last weekend, these heirloom tomatoes called my name, and a fresh salsa (salsa cruda) leaped to mind, embellished with a bit of the fresh corn I’d picked up. Keep reading for the salsa cruda recipe.

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Heirloom Tomato Salsa Cruda

How to make salsa cruda

Buying heirloom tomatoes and making things like salsa cruda was not always the norm for me. When Alex and I first started shopping at farmers markets, we had no clue what to buy or better yet, what to make with it. But we’ve gradually learn how to create a meal with what is in season or what you have on hand. Most of our kitchen inspiration comes from items that are in season and catch our eye, or things we randomly piece together with what is on hand.

This salsa turned out beautifully, and was a perfect condiment for our meals throughout the week. We served it with these Scrambled Egg Tacos, which turned out beautifully.

How to make salsa cruda? Here are the main steps for how to do it:

  1. Find juicy, ripe tomatoes. In season, ripe tomatoes are best here. Check your local farmers market for colorful heirloom tomatoes, which add a vibrant flair.
  2. Assemble the other ingredients. Red onion, jalapeño pepper, cilantro and lime are the major players.
  3. Chop them up! Here’s where your knife skills shine. Follow our tutorials for the best ways to dice the tomatoes, mince the onion, and chop the cilantro.
  4. Mix it together. Mix all the veggies together with lime juice and salt. Voila! You’ve got salsa cruda.

Video: How to cut a tomato

Are you wondering how to cut tomato but not sure the best way? This salsa cruda is all about fresh heirloom tomatoes. There are many ways to cut a tomato: diced, into wedges, and into slices. Here is exactly how Alex and I cut tomatoes showing four different ways; we use these methods in everything from our pico de gallo recipe to our tabbouleh recipe! Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut tomatoes, including a video of me showing how to dice, slice, and cut tomato wedges in our kitchen.

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This salsa cruda recipe is…

This recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Heirloom Tomato Salsa Cruda

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Salsa cruda is a fresh tomato salsa, using the best ripe tomatoes of the season. Find multi-colored heirloom tomatoes for a vibrant, confetti-like look!


  • 1 pound mixed heirloom tomatoes
  • ½ small red onion
  • 1 cob corn
  • ½ jalapeño pepper
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime (3 tablespoons fresh lime juice)
  • A few pinches kosher salt


  1. Core, de-seed and finely dice the tomatoes. Mince the onion. Cut the corn from the cob. Cut the jalapeño pepper in half and remove and discard the ribs and seeds, taking care to wash your hands when finished. Finely dice one half of the pepper (for a medium salsa); reserve the other half for future use. Chop the cilantro.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and add the juice of one lime and a few pinches kosher salt.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Salsa cruda, Heirloom tomatoes, tomato recipes, salsa recipe, raw salsa

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Your herilooms are gorgeous! I cannot find them anywhere, it is such a bummer.
    This salsa looks so good!

    Congrats on the kitchen aid appliances! That is incredible!