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Summer Harvest Salsa with the Perfect Garlic Press

Summer Fresh Salsa Recipe

Anytime I hear the word salsa I can’t help but think of summer harvest. It’s been super exciting over the past few years of summer gardening to be able to add new vegetables from my harvest to the traditional summer salsa recipe. In this post, I share my favorite Summer Harvest Salsa!

This is one of my all-time favorites to mix up when the cilantro is fresh and ready to harvest.

Growing a Summer Harvest

This is summer to me… a bouquet of sunflowers with my salsa ingredients. Click on each image to see the full image below.

Fresh is Best

Most people don’t realize you can grow a complete salsa party in your own home space.  Corn, beans, onions, and garlic are a few products that are easy to grow.  As long as the growing space has up to six hours of sun you are most likely going to succeed.  During the summer months, I love using fresh sweet corn from the farmer’s markets in my Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe.  This is just one of my many Salsas I enjoy serving up so be sure to scroll down on the post to see more.

Summer Harvest Recipe

The only requirement with making the best salsa is using the most absolute freshest ingredients. I hope you will take advantage of the print button featured in this share.

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients

  • black beans
  • sweet corn
  • avocado
  • red onion
  • tomatoes
  • jalapeno
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • lime juice
  • dash of salt

Scroll down to get your copy to print for future use.  I’d love it if you connect with me to let me know what you think of the recipe if you use it.

I recently started growing a few avocado trees in with my Citrus in my Dome garden.  I hope to share some produce soon. 

Mix up the Ingredients

Summer Harvest Salsa

Always a hit at summer parties especially when sweet corn is fresh and in season!


  • 8 oz. can of black beans / drained
  • 2 cups of fresh corn / Frozen sweet can be used but fresh is best!
  • 1 large avocados – peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 1/2 cup of red onion, finely diced ( medium red onion)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh tomatoes diced.
  • 1 small jalapeno
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh garlic
  • * 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • * 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • dash of salt


  1. Cook up corn and slice off the cob when cooled.
  2. Place kernels in a medium bowl. Stir in avocados, red onion, tomato, beans, pepper, and garlic.
  3. Add cumin – Mix in lime juice.
  4. Season with salt if desired. Serve with your favorite tortilla chip.

 A similar recipe was shared with me by a neighbor at a 4-H event.  Over the years I’ve added my own fresh ingredient spin to the recipe.

In today’s recipe, I feature one of my favorite garlic mincers that are super easy to use and clean. It is hard to find a good garlic press that actually works.  I have gone through many in the last 20 years.  My first experience with a press during my Pampered Chef Days.

More Salsa Recipes on My Site

Spicy Chicken Soup Recipe

Brens’ Spicy Chicken Soup

This soup creation today has flavors from the garden you will come back for seconds for! In fact, the days I make this I have it for lunch, dinner and breakfast the next day. It isn’t too bad with a fried sunny side up egg on top.  You will love my Spicy Chicken Soup Recipe if you enjoy the southwest of salsa flavors.

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What are your favorite fresh summer ingredients to add to salsa recipes?


Let’s Connect

Do you have a favorite salsa recipe you are dying to whip up?  Now is your chance to share with me personally on my website.  I hope you consider reaching out to me soon.

Happy Salsa Making,



11 responses to “Summer Harvest Salsa with the Perfect Garlic Press”

  1. joey says:

    Lovely photo and great summer recipe, Bren. (Very to similar mine) Happy August gardening, cookin’, and canning!

    • Bren says:

      Aren’t these the best days Joey?!!! I need to check your recipe out to see what spin you put on yours. It is hard to share a recipe ‘exactly’ how it is made because I usually throw in what I have on hand.

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  3. meemsnyc says:

    That salsa looks fabulous!

  4. Yum… I might have to try that. I’m currently drowning in tomatoes… need to find new things to do with them!

  5. Wow your salsa looks delicious especially with the corn. Amazing photography! It’s very nice to meet you, thanks for adding me on facebook and the sweet compliment about my photography. I have so much to learn but I practice and take tons of pictures, it helps that I have a degree in Graphic Design! I added you to my google reader and blog list, looking forward to reading your posts!

  6. Debby Beachy says:

    My husband walked into my room when I was looking at your post and he said, Wow where is the recipe for that? I told him I’m going to click on the picture and it should be there. That’s what I did and guess what we are trying out, your home made salsa!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Debby Beachy

    • Bren says:

      HEY DEBBIE – I am grinning from ear to ear! Thank you for such a wonderful comment. I hope you enjoy it. You will have to stop out here sometime and I will make it for you in my kitchen! 🙂

  7. John Mcclerkin says:

    Thanks very much for that! My mother recently harvested her garden full of tomatoes before the winter really set in, and I found myself the owner of two or five buckets worth! Of course I couldnt eat them all like that, but I did find a website full of loads more tomato recipes at this site. A whole website dedicated the topic!! Crazy what you can find on the internetz nowadays!!

  8. […] not summer until I’ve whipped up this easy homemade corn salsa recipe featuring corn from the garden, tomatoes and fresh […]

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