Italian Salsa

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Italian-style salsa is a favorite appetizer in our home.

The salsa is not only a great dip with your favorite bread, but it's also a perfect garnish for meats and seafood.

This is packed with fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices and is great for a health-conscious lifestyle.

Served with all fresh herbs and chopped vegetables, this will be great all year long.

We love to pack this for a picnic outing or backyard barbecue, it's the perfect garnish. 

If you love appetizer recipes like this one, you may also like our Italian Tuscan White Bean Dip or our delicious 30 Appetizers and More recipes.

Scroll down to my printable instruction card to make this easy appetizer recipe for Italian Salsa .

this is a bowl of mixed chopped vegetables made into an Italian salsa

Healthy Appetizers

This tasty healthy appetizer dip has so many uses.

It's great anytime even for breakfast as a topping for eggs, for dinner on chicken or salmon then the appetizer can be served with healthy raw vegetables for dipping!

I love that it's low in calories, delicious on anything, and easy to make, it's a win-win appetizer.

Fresh Italian Salsa is different than most with its robust flavors of garlic oven onion and three kinds of olives.

Again, remember the recipe is a guideline of what our family likes in it, adjust the recipe to your taste.

this is a bowl of chopped tomatoes, olives, peppers and Italian herbs to make a salsa

Optional Additions

  • chopped onions
  • minced beets
  • chopped arugula or spinach leaves
  • diced dried meats
  • capers
  • minced fresh figs
  • boiled minced chesnuts

this is a cutting board with vegetables chopped

Ingredients You Will Need

  • peppers any kind
  • kalamata, cured olives, and Spanish olives
  • plum tomatoes
  • fresh garlic minced
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • basil leaves, chopped fine
  • fresh Italian parsley
  • Garnish: shaved Romano or provolone cheese

these are the the ingredients to make homemade salsa

Dipping or Topping Suggestions

  1. low carb tortilla chips
  2. pita chips
  3. garlic toast
  4. air fried potato slices sweet or white
  5. cucumber slices
  6. crackers
  7. sliced radishes
  8. celery sticks or carrot slices
  9. zucchini slices

these are sliced cucumber, radishes and carrots for dipping into salsa

Tools You Will Need

  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • food processor if you want a puree style like the photo below
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing bowl
  • wooden board for serving
  • cheese grater

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this is fresh vegetables chopped filled in a red bowl with olive oil salt and pepper

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Low Calorie

Choose the ingredients you prefer, leave out or add the suggestions, create your salsa the way you would like it, and enjoy every healthy bite!

Beans are full of protein, I always like to add a few chickpeas or white beans, but again, rinse or use dried cooked beans.

Again, watch the sodium in canned or bottled additions you use, I always rinse them before using them.

If you are weight watching, this is a delicious, low in calories, and a great way to start eating healthy, but remember to choose low-calorie fat-free ingredients to dip with.

The suggestions are adapted to those who may be on a diet or aren't either way, you can serve what you want alongside this salsa, it's delicious anyway your serve it.

Italian Salsa

Italian Salsa

Yield: 10
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinTotal time: 15 Min
A blend of delicious fresh vegetables diced served as an appetizer with your favorite bread, chips, or a great topping for meats and seafood.


  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of minced cleaned peppers (bells, pepperoncini, long hots, or roasted
  • 4 or 5  minced mixed pitted cured black olives, green Sicilian olives, kalamata olives
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon each chopped fresh parsley, fresh basil
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Optional garnish: Shaved block romano cheese, mozzarella pearls, shaved provolone, 1 teaspoon capers, chopped garbanzo beans, diced
  • Substitutions: add to the salsa use red wine vinegar if you prefer instead of balsamic you can also use dried herbs when fresh isn't available.
  • Other Additions: chopped onion, chopped celery, chopped cucumbers, chopped avocado


  1. Note: Put the ingredients in a food processor for a puree or chop by hand for chunky.
  2. Slice the fresh vegetables you plan to use for dipping with and set aside for dipping.
  3. Chop up the (assorted suggestion of vegetables going into your salsa) tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, herbs olives, peppers, etc. in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar.
  5. If you're using the beans, add them in at the end and garnish with shaved cheese more fresh herbs, and drizzle with more olive oil.
  6. Allow at least two hours refrigerated until serving.
  7. Serve with any sliced fresh vegetables, garlic toast, pita points, flavored crackers, sesame breadsticks, pita chips, low carb tortilla chips, air fried potato slices sweet or white, cucumber slices, sliced radishes, celery sticks or carrot slices, zucchini slices
  8. The salsa is a great topping for any kind of cooked meats or seafood as a garnish.
  9. Feel free to add more balsamic or olive oil, cheeses, etc.



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Disclosure: This recipe was posted in 2009, edited, and re-published in 2021.


  1. I love how simple and clean this dish is, and undoubtedly the flavors come together in a perfect way! And garlic ... ahh how I love garlic!

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  3. I love the look of this dish. I'm a big fan of garlic. I add it to almost anything I make.

  4. I love the colors of this salsa and how big and chunky you left everything.

  5. great dish, I love it. Simple and delicious is the way to go...:)

  6. wow, it looks so fresh, I love any kind of salsa, can't wait to try this one, especially with garlic chips, I love garlic!

  7. Nice salsa. Yes to living in Florida and having the availability for fresh produce this time of the year. I've got about 50 basil seedling on my porch now.

  8. This Italian salsa is such a great idea. So bright and fresh and full of flavor.

  9. This bowl of salsa looks so fresh and inviting... I want to dive right in!

  10. Love how versatile this salsa is and can be used on many occasion, too! YUM!

  11. I love the textures and flavors of this Italian spin on salsa! too cool!

  12. This salsa is such a great idea and I love the Italian touch with the fresh veggies, olives and dried meats! This would make a delicious and light appetizer, can't wait to try this!

  13. Just pinned your Italian Salsa, can't wait to taste it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,526. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. I love this twist on a salsa. So much delicious flavour in it.

  15. So many gorgeous flavours in this salsa, and really easy to make too - delicious!

  16. It looks so delicious and easy! This is such an easy and delicious recipe, I cannot wait to make it again!

  17. Cool idea. Love the flavors. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. I love this recipe. Great Italian flavors make for a perfect appetizer.


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