This Easy Zucchini Salsa is the perfect addition to any summer spread. Quick to make, no cooking and loaded with fresh flavors.

A bowl of zucchini salsa with a chip in it. There are more chips scattered around the bowl on the table.

Wait. You can eat zucchini raw?

Yes! It has a great crunch and mild flavor when eaten raw. The acid from the lime juice and tomatoes softens the zucchini slightly and gives it a wonderful texture. My husband says this salsa almost has a veggie ceviche vibe to it!

If you are a zucchini skeptic (or have one at home), I highly suggest making zucchini this way and you might change your mind. Remember, veggie-loading is all about finding ways to enjoy our vegetables….and there are so many ways to eat zucchini! Maybe this salsa will be your new a favorite summer veggie recipe!

The fresh flavor of zucchini goes so well in this summer salsa and is such a great way to enjoy those end-of-season squashes that are taking over your garden.

Ways to enjoy this Easy Zucchini Salsa.

Of course, scooping this fresh salsa up with chips is delicious (and classic), but there are many other ways to enjoy it too.

Spoon the salsa on top of grilled or roasted chicken, meat, or fish.

It’s also great on tacos, taco bowls, burritos, burgers, or even a salad.

Up the veggies in this salsa!

Let this zucchini salsa recipe be a jumping off point for you getting in those summer vegetables! Some other veggies to add to this recipe are…

  • corn, either fresh, cooked, or defrosted from frozen, would be a great addition to this salsa.
  • any kind of bell pepper
  • jalapeños or other spicy peppers would add tons of flavor
  • finely chopped garlic

Suggested Adaptations

  • No onion? You can leave it out or use thinly sliced scallion instead.
  • Use summer squash instead of zucchini. I find these summer veggies are very interchangeable in most recipes, so use whichever you have handy!
  • Don’t like cilantro? You can use some chopped fresh parsley instead or leave out the herbs if you’d prefer.

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Easy zucchini salsa served in a big bowl
5 from 8 votes

Easy 10-Minute Zucchini Salsa

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Appetizer
This Easy Zucchini Salsa is the perfect addition to any summer spread. Quick to make, no cooking and loaded with fresh flavors.


  • 1 medium zucchini , (12-14 oz), trimmed and cut into 1/8-inch dice (about 3 cups)
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, or other large tomatoes, cut in half, seeds removed, and cut into 1/8-inch dice (about 3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red or white onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • hot sauce, to taste (optional)


  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Stir to combine. Taste and add more salt or seasoning as needed.
  • Salsa is best served within a few hours of making. As salsa sits, more liquid will release from the vegetables. You can drain off some of the juices if desired or enjoy it as is.
Calories: 60kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 298mg, Potassium: 209mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 483IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg