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Southwestern Salsa Fresca

Updated: Feb 22, 2023

As an ode to my first blog, I'm reblogging my own content right here for you to enjoy.

Tortilla chips with a spoonful of fresh corn, black beans, avocado, and shallot with fresh herbs.
The image was published on my first blog: in April 2014 and was a big hit!

This recipe is teen approved. It is colorful and easy to make plus fun to eat! (You may need to lessen the seasoning a bit - you get to decide how much you want or none at all.) This recipe is gluten and dairy free! I chose local and organic ingredients.

Serves 4-8. Prep time: 10 minutes. Ready to serve time: 40 minutes total. Feel free to make substitutions.


1 can of corn (cooked, if canned / if frozen, thawed)

1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)

1 medium avocado (cut in half, peeled and diced)

1 small tomato (seeded and diced)

2 bell peppers (choose your color(s); diced)

1 shallot (diced)

3 tbs olive oil

1 tbs dried cilantro (2 tbs if fresh, chopped)

1 tsp sea salt (omit if black beans are not sodium-free)

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or use a small seeded & diced jalapeno)

Juice of 1 medium lemon (or 2 small limes)


1. In a small bowl, add the 3 tbs of olive oil, the citrus juice, the optional sea salt, and the 1/2 tsp of cayenne. Stir. Set aside.

2. Dice the shallot and then toss with the olive oil mixture (step 1). Stir.

3. Prepare other ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and bell peppers. Season with dried (or fresh) cilantro. Toss.

4. Pour the olive oil mixture with the diced shallots in with ingredients in step 3. Stir until well combined. You may need to add more cayenne - adjust to your taste buds. Cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.

5. Remove from fridge, stir, and serve with tortilla chips.

A clear glass bowl with corn, black beans, and diced avocado, shallot, and bell peppers situated next to a whole avocado on the counter next to the glass bowl.
All done - salsa fresca using all fresh ingredients. (Originally posted on my first blog in April 2014.)

Now share your favorite fresh foods salsa in the comments section. You can read the comments from the first post (click here for link).

Choose, eat, and live well! =)


I'm not an RD or Nutritionist, so if you're concerned about ingredients or calories/fat content, be sure to read the labels and choose foods that align with your preferences and dietary needs. If this recipe sounds good to you, give it a try, and tell me about it. I'd love to hear about your experience! #goodeats

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