This cucumber salsa is a delicious, low carb version of traditional salsa! The added cucumber absorbs tons of flavor without adding extra carbs, so you can enjoy more per serving.
I love a crisp, fresh salsa with a tiny kick of spice. It’s so refreshing, especially on a hot day!
However, tomatoes are moderately high in carbs. And it’s easy to end up eating a lot without even noticing.
That’s why cucumbers are a perfect addition to a keto salsa recipe!
Cucumbers are low in carbs and will absorb the flavors of other ingredients. That’s why they’re perfect to replace a majority of the tomatoes in this recipe. It basically cuts the carbs in half compared to an all-tomato salsa!
On top of that, this recipe is so easy to make. Simply chop the ingredients and mix it all together!
The next time you find yourself craving some salsa, definitely give this recipe a try.
Is salsa keto friendly?
If you’re buying salsa at the store, always check the ingredients. Many versions add sugar and unnecessary fillers, which we want to avoid.
Tomato and onion also have a decent amount of carbs. Most salsas may be fine in moderation, but the carbs can add up quickly if you’re not paying attention.
That’s why I prefer to make salsa at home! A quarter cup of this cucumber salsa recipe only has 2 grams of carbohydrates.
Plus, you can enjoy it knowing that all of the ingredients are totally fresh. No fillers or additives in this recipe!
Tips for making cucumber salsa
This recipe is as easy as chopping and combining the ingredients. It’s so simple!
However, I do have a few tips for preparing each of the ingredients to give you the best batch of keto salsa every time.
- Peel and seed the cucumbers. This is done easily by slicing each cucumber in half after peeling. Then grab a spoon and run it down the center of each half to easily remove and discard the seeds. Now, they will be easy to dice for the salsa!
- Use a sharp knife to chop the tomatoes. A dull knife can make the process frustrating. Also, you can discard the seeds and gel that detach from the tomato.
- Don’t substitute the red onion because it gives the most authentic south of the border flavor.
- Put the onion in the freezer for 15 minutes before chopping so that it doesn’t make your eyes tear up.
- Don’t forget to add the salt! It can seem like an afterthought in some recipes. However, it plays a big role in enhancing flavors and impacting texture. In this easy cucumber salsa recipe, the salt helps pull the water from the ingredients to create a juicy salsa with perfectly blended flavors.
Ingredients for the best taste
When you think of salsa, you usually think of fresh peppers and tomatoes. At least I know I do!
That’s why it’s important to use as many fresh ingredients as you can in this keto salsa recipe. This goes for the cucumber, tomato, and onion as well as the garlic, parsley, and cilantro.
Dried herbs simply won’t give you that homemade salsa texture or flavor.
The one ingredient that doesn’t have to be fresh is the lime juice. You can squeeze it fresh or use a bottled version for convenience.
So now that you have low carb salsa, what should you serve with it?
Personally, I love making a batch of my homemade tortilla chips to go with this recipe. It gives me that perfect, authentic experience!
This salsa goes well with my easy parmesan crisps too. They are made by simply baking cheese until crispy. They’re ready in no time.
One other popular option is to use pork rinds. These are a great keto replacement for chips! Some people don’t like the flavor, but if you don’t mind them, they’re great with this keto friendly salsa.
Storing cucumber salsa
This recipe is meant to make a big batch of keto friendly salsa. After all, it’s a dish meant to be shared with friends and family.
However, if you find yourself with leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container or can the salsa for future use. Tomatoes and cucumbers both hold up very well to canning.
I don’t recommend freezing the salsa as the cucumbers can get mushy.
More recipes to try
Looking for a few more keto sauces or dips to make for a crowd? Check out a few of these favorites:
- Easy Crab Dip with Cream Cheese is made with real crab meat and avocado mayonnaise for a delicious, creamy dish!
- Keto Spinach Dip combines butter, garlic, spinach, and melted cheese for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
- Salmon Pate made with cream cheese is so tasty and satisfying. It’s a great spread for your next party or get together!
- Keto Ranch Dip is easy to throw together and is perfect for dipping your veggies.
- Low Carb Cheese Dip is a creamy condiment that will remind you of a flavorful queso!
- 2 medium cucumbers peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 2 ½ cups)
- 2 medium tomatoes chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
- 4 medium jalapeño peppers seeded and chopped
- ½ medium red onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Place all ingredients in large bowl.
- Stir to combine. Serve with low carb tortilla chips.
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First Published: July 31, 2017... Last Updated: April 7, 2020