Spice-It-Up Summer Tomato Salsa

It’s summer, so more than likely you’ve got a bowl of ripe red tomatoes and chillies on your kitchen table. Why not get them together for a salsa?!

This is no ordinary salsa. This is a lacto-fermented, put-the-good-bacteria-back-in-your-gut type of tomato salsa. It takes no time at all, and you probably have all the ingredients at hand. Then you just need to throw them together in a jar and let the lactobacilli do the work.

Lacto-fermenting is a traditional preservation method that has many health benefits, like increased immunity, increased vitamin levels and better digestion.

Enjoy your tomato salsa on a BBQ steak, a salad, fish… you name it.


  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • A few chopped chillies (to your taste)
  • Bunch of coriander
  • Juice of half lemon, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt
  • ¼ cup of whey (or use another teaspoon of salt)

Spice-It-Up Summer Tomato Salsa


Mix all ingredients together and squash into a jar. Make sure everything is pushed under the liquid.

Put the lid on tight, and leave on the bench at room temperature for two days. Then you can taste and store in the fridge.

How easy is that?!

Want more tomato content?!

We’ve got loads of great content all about big red, juicy tomatoes!

In Issue #10 of Pip Magazine, we bring you a complete guide to tomato preservation, including:

  • What preserving equipment you will need.
  • What’s involved in the drying and bottling process.
  • Different passata recipes including classic, rogue, herbed and tomato smash passata recipes.
  • Plus, how to make tomato paste, thick sauce, relishes, pickles and ferments.

You can access this article online here as part of our digital subscription offering. 


In Issue #12 of Pip Magazine, Milkwood’s Kirsten Bradley provides an in-depth guide to choosing which tomatoes are the best for your needs, including information on: 

  • The difference between heritage and hybrid.
  • The difference between determinate versus indeterminate tomatoes.
  • How to choose the best tomatoes for your situation when it comes to the space you’re working with, how much heat and light your growing area needs, and whether you should opt for bush tomatoes or climbing.
  • Plus, we also provide an in-depth table which outlines each of the names, types and groupings of key tomato varieties, what they look like, and what they are/are not good for. 

You can access this article online here as part of our digital subscription offering. 

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And don’t forget we have loads of tomato-related articles online, including these:

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