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Simple, Sexy, Salsa (5 Min, Vegan)

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Simple, Sexy Salsa. Ready in 5 minutes | #salsa #vegetarian |

I have a confession to make. I haven’t quite been alone in the kitchen. Kat, my more talented other half, has been developing recipes with abandon. This simple, sexy salsa recipe is one of hers.

These quesadillas are one of our favourite meals, and we’ve been experimenting with them recently (onion and peppers go really well!).

As I went to grab the pesto for the base, I realised with shock horror that we’d run out! ‘No problem’, said Kat, ‘Lets make the crispy veggie pizzas instead. You picked up a jar of salsa the other day, didn’t you?’

Err…no, I hadn’t. I’d forgotten. Oops. So…no pesto, no salsa 🙁

Kat then suggested trying to make our own with the few ingredients we had lying about – and it worked! Really well actually, and it only took five minutes.

All you need is a tin of chopped tomatoes, an onion, a chilli, some garlic, basil and parsley.

Simple, Sexy Salsa. Ready in 5 minutes | #salsa #vegetarian |

By making your own you can save some cash, and also avoid all those sugars and preservatives often found in shop-bought salsa.

It also tastes reaaaaally nice! As well as pizza, you could use it as a base for quesadillas, or as a dip too of course.

Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here again.

Maybe you see it as fun, romantic time to be spending with a loved one, or perhaps you see it as money grabbing corporate bollocks that doesn’t deserve a day dedicated to it.

If you fall into the former category then grab said loved one and start making some sexy salsa in the kitchen before you head to the bedroom, or if you’re a latter then throw these pizzas together and fill your hole another way.

We want to know:

  • Do you love or hate Valentine’s Day?
  • How are you spending it?
  • Pizza – deep pan or crispy?
  • And which makes the best base for quesadillas – salsa or pesto?

Get in touch!

Simple, Sexy Salsa. Ready in 5 minutes | #salsa #vegetarian |
Simple, Sexy, Salsa
4.75 from 8 votes
Simple Sexy Salsa. Spice up your salsa life with this delicious but simple recipe. Only takes 5 minutes and uses easy to find ingredients. Vegetarian and healthy.
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes


  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 chili
  • 1 tin tomatoes (chopped) (1 tin = 14oz)
  • ½ cup basil, fresh (dried will do the trick too. ½ cup fresh = 2 tsp dried)
  • ½ cup parsley, fresh (yep, you guessed it, dried is fine. You can buy dried parsley with crushed garlic already in it, and this works great too. ½ cup fresh parsley = 2 tsp dried)
  • 2 dashes Salt and pepper to taste


  • Dice the onion and garlic.
    1 small onion, 1 clove garlic
  • Deseed the chilli if you don’t want it toooooo hot and chop it too (easiest way to do this is slice it length-ways then run a teaspoon down the middle, forcing the seeds out).
    1 chili
  • Throw all ingredients, including the salt and pepper, into a large mixing bowl.
    1 tin tomatoes, ½ cup basil, fresh, 2 dashes Salt and pepper to taste, ½ cup parsley, fresh
  • Give it a good stir.
  • Ready.
    Simple, Sexy Salsa. Ready in 5 minutes | #salsa #vegetarian |


IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: Did you know that pesto is as easy to make as this salsa? Well, it is, and it tastes just as awesome. Also, check out these tomato spinach quesadillas. This salsa would fit just right!


Nutrition Facts
Simple, Sexy, Salsa
Serving Size
396 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Happy to answer your questions…..hate Valentine’s Day, will spend it on my comf bed alone, watching a movie and drinking some boozy cocktail. What a perfect night! Crispy crust, salsa base.

    On a cheery note, love your recipes.

    1. You could invite a few more people and have some cocktails with them?! Otherwise I can recommend the movie Edge of Tomorrow if you like action stuff with Tom Cruise (probably my favorite movie 2014) or Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson, also a very enjoyable flick. Thanks for the feedback on our recipes!!! 😀

  2. 5 stars
    Describing this salsa as SEXY is an understatement!!! It’s Sultry and Sensual!!

  3. I don’t know guys who’s the main chef here, but lately when I visit your blog the name Kat is signed under the recipe – this nice recipe too 😉
    I don’t count Valentine’s day as a holiday, but I always spend it with my most loved person…
    This V-day we went for a cup of coffee in another city, and watched movie The Last Elvis. It’s nice movie to take a brake from all that shiny Hollywood stuff 😉

  4. Thank you Gigi 🙂 glad you like it!

    Sounds like you had a really nice day Jasmin, good to hear. Yep that’s right, Kat has often been in the background with my recipes in particular, and she’s getting more and more involved at the moment. Expect more from her soon!

  5. First of all let me say: awesome shots! I love how the light hits the salsa. Valentine’s day? Well, luckily it’s over 🙂

  6. How long will this keep in the fridge?

    1. Hi Jay! 3 days without a problem 🙂

  7. how many tomatoes would I substitute for the tin, hard to find toned tomatoes in my area that aren’t packed full of sodium D:

    1. Good question, Emily! I haven’t tried it with real tomatoes myself, but it’s now on the list. I guess starting with about 400g makes sense to start with, as it’s about the same as the jar. Will let you know how it goes 🙂

  8. I was wondering what kind of onion you use. Most people get stomachache from eating white onions raw right? Did you use red onions or a totally different kind?

    1. Hi Jenn, just regular white onions in this recipe :). Hmm I had never heard of that before, and never experienced it myself. It could well be true though, of course! Is it something you’ve noticed?