Monday, October 27

Green Tomato Salsa Relish Recipe: No Sugar, Super Simple, Totally Delicious!

Wondering what to do with green tomatoes? Try my no sugar, super simple, salsa-like green tomato relish. No blanching, peeling, or canning (unless you want to) required.

We've already had a couple of light frosts this year, but from the hot and humid weather we've been having lately you'd never guess it was the end of October in Missouri. By the end of the week they're saying it'll dip back down to 30 degrees F, though, and I think I'm ready to focus on the kale and other cool weather greens and finally call an end to tomato season in my kitchen garden.

It's become an annual Farmgirl Fare tradition to re-post this little shout out each year, and in the sales pitch below you'll find rave reviews from fans of my super popular No Sugar, Salsa-Like Green Tomato Relish Recipe, which is a tasty, easy way to use up all those green tomatoes still out on the vine. Enjoy!

If you'd rather have your tomatoes red, check out How To Ripen Green Tomatoes Indoors the Really Easy Way on my kitchen garden blog.

And if your ripe tomatoes are still plentiful, learn How To Make Homemade Pizza Sauce Using Fresh Tomatoes or How To Freeze Tomatoes the Really Easy Way (and Why I Don't Do Much Canning Anymore), which includes links to all my tomato growing posts.

When the first frost threatens in fall, I pick all the remaining green tomatoes in the garden that I can. Green tomatoes will eventually ripen when stored indoors at room temperature (don't put them in the refrigerator!), although the flavor won't be nearly as nice as vine ripened (learn more about ripening tomatoes indoors here). Of course any homegrown tomato eaten on Thanksgiving or Christmas tastes fantastic, but why not celebrate their greenness instead?

I created this no sugar green tomato relish recipe
years ago for Kitchen Gardener magazine. It doesn't call for the usual raisins or spices and is really more like a thick salsa. It's easily adaptable to what you have on hand, and there's no blanching or peeling required—you just chop everything up and toss it into a pot. And since it'll keep for several weeks in the refrigerator, canning is optional.

But don't just take my word regarding this recipe. Here's what others have said about it over the years:

More below. . .

—Susan, I just made your relish today in a huge triple batch (in parts, one after another) for all those poor green Russian tomatoes that just didn't quite make it in my too-shady yard. Sometimes we get tomato sauce; this year we got green tomato relish. I canned 9 pint jars and had one for the fridge. We had it tonight on chicken burritos and it was FABULOUS. My whole house smells so good.

—Well I'm eating the fruit of my labors yesterday, and it's pretty great. Tonight I'm going to grill some skirt steak and smother them with the relish. Yummy, thanks so much!

—I found this doing an search for green tomato relish, and was happy to find a recipe that did not call for sugar! I was not convinced on the apples, but added them anyway thinking they would help thicken it up. OMG! It is really great. Reminds me of tomatillo salsa.

—Oh...this is such a lovely recipe. My across-the-street neighbour planted tomatoes in my garden (!) and that of my neighbour, and I picked them all yesterday and made this relish. It is DIVINE! I doubled the batch and am thrilled with it.

—Just wanted everyone to know this recipe rocks! I left out the cumin for my kids to try this and it is wonderful!

—My partner and I made a double batch from a huge load of green tomatoes we harvested before last week's frost, and it came out super delicious! We had it on Mexican pizzas Friday night.

—I just wanted to let you know how much we have enjoyed this recipe! A few lucky friends were given a jar in their holiday gift baskets. The consensus is always the same: MAKE MORE!!

—Susan, I make your green tomato relish (I always call it salsa) every year now, ever since you originally posted the recipe... it's a regular fall tradition for me, and it's in my yearly canning routine. It's one of my all time favorites.

—Everyone who has tried this loves it. I think the apples are the secret ingredient.

—I think it will go great with a pork chop or a dollop on some chicken. Thanks for the recipe!

—I saw this recipe earlier this year and it sounded so good that I was actually happy that not all of my tomatoes ripened. The first taste (while still hot—I couldn't wait!) was so delicious, I think I'll be wishing for more green tomatoes next year.

—We gave away 2 jars (after tasting and pronouncing AWESOME!!!). Works with any meat, cheese and eggs as a side condiment or as an ingredient. This green tomato relish has now officially become a brand new "old family" tradition.

—Food of the gods! I made a batch this weekend, some modification to match my harvest (fewer peppers, some carrots and green beans, a little apple cider, and some turmeric). My life is forever changed! Thank you.

—Wow. This is one beloved recipe.

And my favorite:

—I might pick all my tomatoes green from now on.

So don't despair—green just might turn out to be your best-liked color of tomato.

Got a bumper crop of ripe tomatoes? More favorite Farmgirl Fare ways to use them up:
Sun Dried Tomato and Fresh Tomato Artichoke Pesto Pasta

Still hungry? You'll find links to all my sweet and savory Less Fuss, More Flavor recipes in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index.

©, the you say green tomato, I say relish them foodie farm blog where one of the best things about blogging is learning that some of my favorite recipes have become yours. Thank you all so much for taking the time to leave comments and let me know—and for pinning my recipes on Pinterest.


  1. I truly do LOVE this stuff! I think I only have one jar left from last year so I better start scouting out some green tomatoes. :)
    I saw on the news this morning that they had SNOW in Montana already and we are still in the 90s!

  2. I may end up making this again. It's getting colder and after a wet, cool summer I don't have many ripe tomatoes.

  3. Are we ever going to get updates on the donkeys and cats? I really miss your posts and pics about them.

  4. I'm with Ann...any forthcoming updates on the animals and the farm?



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