Diabetic Cooking

Sassy salsa

Preparation time: 15 minutes.


  • 1 can (6 ounces) no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (juice of approximately 2 limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) mild diced tomatoes and green chilies


Place tomato paste, lime juice, garlic powder, salt, and onion in a food processor. Cover and process until onion is finely chopped. Add cilantro and 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies. Pulse until just mixed. Transfer to a serving dish and stir in remaining can of diced tomatoes and green chilies. Serve at once or refrigerate (flavor improves if chilled 1–2 hours).

Yield: 3 1/2 cups.

Serving size: 1/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 25 calories, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: <1 g, Saturated Fat: <1 g, Sodium: 222 mg, Fiber: 1 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 nonstarchy vegetable.

This recipe was developed by Tami Ross, a Diabetes Nutrition Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator in Lexington, Kentucky.