Fresh heirloom tomato salsa with cucumber, avocado and sweet onion

Showcasing raw, ripe tomatoes in a flavourful way!

Tomatoes are something I grew to love a little later in life. I blame it one of my three older sisters, whom I adore now, who told me that any seeds I ate (watermelon, tomato and the accidental apple pip from biting too close to the core) would grow in my stomach. Her teasing wrecked tomatoes and watermelon for me for at least a dozen years, and I became a very careful apple nibbler. When I finally decided to give tomatoes another chance, I was quickly entranced by how the taste of a perfectly-ripe, sun-warmed, just-picked tomato is one of the most sublime flavours ever. At the same time, I was also overcome with regret for the number of years I had missed out on this taste sensation. As a result, I am doing my best to make up for lost time by eating as many tomatoes as possible. This quick salsa showcases raw, ripe tomatoes in a very flavourful way. Heirloom tomatoes are fabulous for this as they come in a wide variety of colours.


  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced English cucumber
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) minced sweet onion
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and diced*
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) honey
  • several dashes of hot sauce such as Camille Desjardins’ Peach Vidalia, to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

*Select an avocado that is ripe but still firm; you want diced pieces, not mushy bits, in your salsa.


  • In a bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, honey, hot sauce, and a little salt and pepper.
  • Stir mixture gently.
  • Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes so flavours can blend. Refrigerate if you are not eating this within the hour.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings (honey, hot sauce, salt, pepper) to suit your preferences. Resist the temptation to oversalt, especially if you are planning to serve with tortilla chips.
  • Best if eaten within 8 hours although it can be refrigerated and served up to 24 hours later.

Makes approximately 3 cups (750 mL) of salsa.


Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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