The Ultimate Salsa Fresca

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"Salsa fresca is a generic term for any salsa that isn't cooked. There's no right or wrong way to do it - everyone does their own thing. This recipe is my take on what my mom used to make, but I think it's exceptional. (Pat on back, LOL!) Measurements are loose, but the key is the olive oil and mexican oregano. Prep time includes 15 minutes of standing time."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (125 g)
  • Calories 43.9
  • Total Fat - 1.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 8.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.5 g
  • Sugars - 3.8 g
  • Protein - 1.5 g
  • Calcium - 16.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 27.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

In a non-reactive bowl, combine first six ingredients.

Step 2

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Add the minced serrano chiles, a little at a time, tasting for "heat" until you reach the level you can stand.

Step 4

Let stand for fifteen minutes to let the flavors meld. A small squeeze of lime juice is also good.

Step 5

Refrigerate until ready to use. Will NOT keep overnight.

NOTE: this is such a versatile salsa. Try it in scrambled eggs, then rolled in a flour tortilla (breakfast burrito). Yum!

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Mexican oregano makes such a difference in this, quite the best salsa I have had. We used it on tacos and in scrambled eggs straight to my best of file

review by:
(23 Jul 2021)

Daily Inspiration

Awesome! I loved using all of the fresh veggies and the taste is really delicious. The only change I made was to use chopped green onion vs. regular. Can't wait to serve it with your Pollo Asado today.

(2 May 2021)


This is a very tasty Salsa recipe we really enjoyed. I only used one serrano pepper and used dried cilantro as the fresh cilantro is not in season here. The note in recipe directions mentions that it will not keep overnight but we did not eat it all in one sitting so I chanced it and kept the leftovers for the next day, it was a bit wet so I poured out the liquid and it tasted wonderful!!

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(25 Jan 2017)