Fresh Sugar-Free Salsa (Easy & Flavorful)

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This fresh tomato salsa is bursting with flavor, veggies and nutrients! Easy to make at home in just a few minutes, this salsa can be used for tortillas, tacos, salad bowls, rice and beans.

If you love fresh and spicy condiments, be sure to try our sugar-free salsa recipe! With bold Mexican flavors, this low-calorie dip is a great addition to any buffet, garden party or serve it on Game Day.

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Ready in under 10 minutes without any special equipment needed, this chunky tomato salsa can be spired to your liking and served alongside other dips like guacamole and cashew sour cream!

Add a fresh, healthy and low-calorie boost to your meals all summer long with this fresh tomato salsa and be sure to try our spicy mango tomato salsa, too.

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Recipe overview

Now, if you’re wondering about that last point, let us explain! This sugar-free salsa works with less-than-fresh vegetables when made at home, especially if you’re making the smoother blender version.

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Ingredients needed

  • Fresh Tomatoes — for the full-blown taste of summer! If you don’t have any on hand, simply swap for canned diced or fire-roasted tomatoes.
  • Red Bell Pepper — added texture & nutrients for your sugar-free salsa!
  • Carrot — optional & can be replaced with more bell pepper.
  • Onion — red, white, green, just pick your favorite!
  • Jalapeño Pepper — either with or without seeds depending on your preferred spiciness.
  • Cilantro — add as little or as much as you like!
  • Lime Juice — adds some more authentic flavor but can be replaced with lemon juice.
  • Salt, Cumin & Cayenne — adjust to your taste preferences and dietary needs!

Pretty approachable, right? Now, let’s see how to quickly prepare your homemade sugar-free salsa in just one bowl.

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How to make fresh sugar-free salsa

  1. Wash and chop your fresh ingredients.
  2. Add everything to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Season with lime juice, salt, cumin and cayenne, then mix well.
  4. Adjust to taste, then cover your bowl and put it in the fridge.
  5. Let the flavors combine for at least 1 hour before serving!

Make saucy salsa

Add your fresh salsa alongside canned tomatoes into a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine and adjust with spices as needed!

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Storage & serving suggestions

This fresh tomato salsa is best enjoyed the day you make it and can be stored for 1-2 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

You can use it as a dip for crackers, tortilla chips or veggies and it pairs so well with avocado or guacamole!

Sugar-free salsa also makes a great addition to many salads, bean burritos, rice bowls or baked potatoes.

Use it on top of your vegan tacos. or to make seven-layer bean dip! Pretty much any Mexican or Tex-Mex meal can be spiced up with some sugar-free salsa.

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Tips & adjustments

  • Add corn, mango or peach to your salsa to create different versions!
  • Make it spicier by using more cayenne, jalapeño pepper or garlic.
  • If you’re sensitive to spicy food, remove the jalapeño seeds and use less cayenne.
  • Skip the cilantro if you’re not fond of this herb!
  • Cayenne can be replaced with chili flakes or hot sauce.
  • Lime juice tastes best but can be replaced with lemon.
  • Feel free to omit carrot and bell pepper to make this a very tomato-forward salsa.

More healthy condiments

Whole food plant-based condiments are totally our jam! Feel free to browse our blog for some more goodness, starting with the following recipes:

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Fresh Sugar-Free Salsa (Easy & Flavorful)

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
This simple fresh tomato salsa is bursting with flavor, veggies and nutrients! Easy to make at home in just a few minutes, our sugar-free salsa is a healthy dip that can be used for tortillas, tacos, salad bowls, rice and beans.
Serves 4


  • 6 fresh tomatoes diced
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 carrot cut into small cubes
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 3-4 jalapeño peppers finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro 16 g, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne


  • Prepare all of your fresh ingredients by washing and chopping them finely, then add them all into a large bowl.
  • Season with lime juice, salt, cumin, and some cayenne, then mix well. Adjust to taste, then cover your bowl and put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend.
  • Serve as a healthy dip with tortillas, in tacos, or use it to dress up your plant-based bowl!
  • Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. When using canned instead of fresh tomatoes, it keeps well for longer and can even be frozen!


  • Add garlic and hot sauce to your salsa for more flavor!
  • To make a saucier tomato salsa, add canned tomatoes alongside your fresh salsa to a food processor and pulse until broken down. 
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Mexican
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Fresh Sugar-Free Salsa (Easy & Flavorful)
Amount per Serving
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.


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