Refreshing Tomato Salsa Bowl Appetizer

By Jess

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Tomatoes are used as a bowl in this appetizer recipe, filled with zesty salsa that serves up a kick. A range of vegetables are chopped and diced and then stirred together for a bright and flavorful filling. This refreshing vegetarian-friendly option is perfect as a quick appetizer or for those nights when you don’t feel like turning on the stove or oven.

Tomato Salsa Bowl Appetizer- these are refreshing, healthy and delicious.

Tomato Salsa Bowl Appetizer- these are refreshing, healthy and delicious.

This seems to be the time of year for large gatherings, whether it’s a big basketball game, the Olympics, or the Oscars. When I’m hosting such an event, I usually try to come up with at least one vegetarian-friendly snack option for the guests. These tomato salsa bowls are not only vegetarian, but gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan. They really appeal to all diet types.

In the past, hosting a party for something like the Super Bowl meant that I was loading up on cheesy, meaty, heavy ingredients. However those types of snacks had a tendency to make a person want to sink into the couch and never move again, especially after grazing for hours. I have been enjoying my recent switch to lighter snacking options – ones that don’t leave you in a fog for the rest of the night.

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One of my favorite parts of these flavorful salsa bowls is that they can be made ahead of time and then stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them. In fact, it might be better to make the salsa at least 30 minutes before serving, in order to let the flavors meld together. I also used the insides of the tomatoes in the salsa after removing the seeds. Tomatoes are the perfect vessel for serving up some fresh zesty salsa at your next gathering, no cooking required.


    • 4 medium ripe Roma tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
    • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
    • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
    • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
    • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Slice the tomatoes in half and scoop out the insides. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Stir well. Spoon the salsa mixture into the tomato cups. Serve chilled.


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Total Time

10 minutes

Prep Time

10 minutes

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