by Portia Spooner

Zesty, fresh and juicy – this easy tomato salsa is a great way to use up very ripe tomatoes. Perfect with tortilla chips or spooned liberally over nachos.

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Buyer's guide

Most supermarkets sell fresh ready-made salsa as well as mild or hot salsa in jars, but the flavour is never as good as that of homemade salsa.

Preparation

It’s easy to make either a coarse salsa with just a knife and chopping board - alternatively, for a smooth salsa, whizz the ingredients in a food processor. Serve salsa with tortilla chips and dips such as guacamole or soured cream, or use it as a sauce or for topping pasta or pizza. Fruit salsas made with mango or pineapple go well with grilled fish or chicken.