The seasons are really starting to change and our local Farmers’ Market is being visited by fruits and veggies whose faces haven't been seen since last summer. Even though it's still early in the season, a few farmers are already selling gorgeous, red, ripe tomatoes perfect for making homemade salsa.

My kids adore most of the flavors in salsa, but if there's too much jalapeno in it they always make a face -- their little eyes open wide and the word, "SPICY!" fills the kitchen. So last night I made them a one-two punch of "no spicy guacamole" (as they call it) and my Kiddie Salsa.

After picking some of the fast-growing cilantro from our garden, I grabbed Chloe a stool, a cutting board and her kiddy knife so we could stand side by side together at the kitchen counter, chopping up the ingredients and squeezing in the lime juice. Some would call it an occupational hazard, but to me watching a two year old cook is just about the cutest thing in the world. Chloe was so proud of herself, but the best part of the night was when we all sat down as a family for dinner and she said, "look what I made everybody!" My heart melted, but this time nobody’s taste buds did. The familiar salsa refrain of, “spicy!” was replaced by the heavenly sound of my family’s smacking lips and forks and spoons clinking on empty plates.


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Kiddie Salsa (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 2 Cups Tomatoes, chopped (about 4 tomatoes)
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Red Onion, chopped
  • 2 Tsp lime juice
  • kosher salt to taste


1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree.*
2. Serve with tortilla chips.
* If you prefer your salsa a bit chunkier, simply put all of the ingredients in a bowl and then stir to combine.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Tamara

    Yum! I've never made my own salsa but I would love to. Are there certain kinds of tomatoes that you like better than others for making salsa with?

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    • Christine

      Definitely NOT Roma tomatoes; they aren't juicy, but pretty much any other, I believe.

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  • Darcy

    What kind of knife does she use? I would like to get one for my son - he loves to help too!

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    • Elizabeth

      Pampered Chef makes a really good one that runs around $4.

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  • Kristina Tyler

    I too was going to ask about Chloe's knife. I would also love to get one for my two year old. I am definately going to check out the one from Pampered Chef. Is there a name for it or if I ask for a child's knife will they know what I am talking about? Thanx!

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  • Mindy

    I agree! I'd love to know what type of knife Chloe uses!! My kids use \"pumpkin carving knives\" for apples and peppers, but they don't work well for things like tomatoes and cilantro. Please share!

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  • Leslie

    You could just ask for the safety cutter knife from pampered chef and they'd know what you're talking about. My kiddo uses hers all of the time!

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  • Tabitha

    YAY! I've been waiting for this recipe for a long time :) I knew it would come sooner or later ! :)

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  • Clarity

    Sweetest thing I ever heard, a two-year-old presenting her salsa! Congratulations to Chloe and Happy Birthday again!

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    My daughter's review: I just made this but I don't know if I should put it in the fridge or not. Mom hasn't tried it yet, but it is delicious . It looks liqudy and I only put half of it in the blender. So put mabe 1/4 of a cup of the mixture into a blender or food processer if you want it a bit chunky.

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