Fresh Garden Salsa with olives is a delightful take on traditional salsa, with green chiles & olives! Bright, fresh flavors in this fantastic homemade salsa, perfect for anytime of the day.
This easy salsa recipe is made with delicious fresh ingredients, it comes together quickly and lasts for days, giving plenty of time to enjoy it. Garden fresh salsa is great when served alongside tacos, enchiladas or even just served with chips!
Easy homemade Salsa with Olives
I am a sucker for a good salsa recipe and this one is exactly that. With the fresh and wonderful flavor in this homemade salsa, I am always reaching for another chip so I can get one last bite. This salsa is a great way to use those fresh tomatoes in your garden, skip the store bought option and go with this delicious and healthy recipe. Make this salsa and put it out at your next gathering and watch just how quickly it disappears.
Why you’ll love this Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe
- Easy to prepare. Making homemade salsa does not have to be complicated, with this recipe it is so simple. With some minor prep work for the vegetables you will be on your way to enjoying this fresh dip in no time.
- Fresh and delicious. This recipe is loaded with ingredients that are healthy, fresh and satisfying. The fresh veggies taste incredible and are a wonderful alternative from the store bought salsa’s.
- Won’t break the bank. Another great thing about this homemade salsa is that you can use veggies from your garden to make it. It saves you money and that is always a bonus in my book. The rest of the ingredients are simple and inexpensive, so a trip to the store will be minimal.
Black Olive Salsa Ingredients
Tomato: For the base of this salsa recipe, you will need 2 cups of Roma tomatoes, diced (about 3-4 tomatoes).
Onion: Add in a ¼ cup of yellow onion, diced, for added flavor in this dish.
Cilantro: You will need ¼ cup of fresh cilantro, chopped, for a fresh citrus taste.
Jalapeno peppers: To bring up the heat in this salsa, add in 2 tablespoons of jalapeño pepper with seeds removed, finely diced (optional).
Green chiles: Use 1 (4-ounce) can of chopped green chiles, drained, for wonderful earthy flavor.
Olives: Adding in 1 (2.25-ounce) can of sliced black olives, drained (optional), will give this salsa an added boost of flavor and texture.
Salt: To help balance all the amazing flavors in this salsa, add in 1 teaspoon of salt.
Italian dressing: Give this salsa incredible seasoning easily by using 1 packet of Italian dressing mix (I use Good Seasons).
Cumin: For a spicy warm taste, use ½ teaspoon of cumin in this salsa recipe.
Water: To create the right salsa consistency, add in 2 tablespoons of water.
Olive oil: Using 2 tablespoons of olive oil will help make a great salsa texture.
White vinegar: You need 2 tablespoons of white vinegar as a preservative in this homemade recipe.
Lemon juice: Adding in the juice of ½ a lemon will give this recipe more great taste.
Step by step on how to make Salsa with Olives
Get started by preparing the ingredients. First, dice the tomatoes into small cubes. Also, dice the onions and cilantro into small chunks.
If you are choosing to include a jalapeno pepper, remove the seeds and finely chop that into very small pieces.
Then, drain the cans of green chilies and black olives.
Next, in a large bowl, mix together the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño pepper, green chiles, black olives, and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the Italian dressing mix, water, olive oil, and white vinegar. Proceed to pour this mixture over the bowl of vegetables and stir to combine well. After that, squeeze in the lemon juice and stir.
Continue to cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla or pita chips and enjoy!
Garden Salsa with Olives and Chiles
- 2 cups Roma tomatoes diced (about 3-4 tomatoes)
- ¼ cup yellow onion diced
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 2 TBSP jalapeño pepper (with seeds removed) finely diced (optional)
- 4 oz chopped green chiles drained
- 2.25 oz sliced black olives drained
- 1 TSP salt
- 1 packet Italian dressing mix I use Good Seasons
- ½ TSP cumin
- 2 TBSP water
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 2 TBSP white vinegar
- 1 TBSP lemon juice Juice of ½ lemon
- Prep: Get started by preparing the ingredients. First, dice the tomatoes into small cubes. Also, dice the onions and cilantro into small chunks.
- If you are choosing to include a jalapeno pepper, remove the seeds and finely chop that into very small pieces. Then, drain the cans of green chilies and black olives.
- Assemble: Next, in a large bowl, mix together the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño pepper, green chiles, black olives, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the Italian dressing mix, water, olive oil, and white vinegar. Proceed to pour this mixture over the bowl of vegetables and stir to combine well. After that, squeeze in the lemon juice and stir.
- Continue to cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla or pita chips and enjoy
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What if my salsa has too much liquid?
It’s normal for salsa to have some liquid in it and even gather more liquid as time goes on as the vegetables seep water. You are welcome to drain off a bit if you prefer. Or you can just keep the liquid in the salsa and use a slotted spoon for serving.
When is Fresh Homemade Salsa the Best?
When I make fresh salsa, I opt to make it at least 24 hours in advance, but even preferably 48 hours in advance, to give the flavors adequate time to meld. I usually stir the salsa 2-3 times a day as it sits in the fridge. Salsa will keep well for about a week, so once you serve it, it’s best to eat it within 4-5 days.
Can I freeze homemade salsa?
You bet you can! When you are ready to freeze, transfer the room temperature salsa to a freezer-safe container or zip locked bag. Be sure to leave some room for expansion in the freezer container or remove air from the freezer bag. It is also best to freeze the salsa within an hour of making it, to enhance shelf life.
How can I give my salsa more of a spicy kick?
To add more heat to your salsa, leave in some of the jalapeno seeds or add more peppers if you like your salsa extra spicy.
What are substitutions that I can make?
Use a lime instead of a lemon for more of a zesty flavor. You can also experiment with your favorite kind of tomatoes, onions, and peppers to get the perfect combination of flavors you like.
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Fresh Garden Salsa with olives is an alternative to a more traditional salsa, with olives and green chiles. Enjoy wonderful fresh flavors in this homemade salsa, great for anytime of the day or occasion.