Rainbow Salsa

Rainbow Salsa -- easy to make, and so fresh and tasty! | gimmesomeoven.comThis post is sponsored by Garden of Eatin.

Happy Cinco de Mayoooooooooo!

As this post goes live today, I will be fiesta-ing it up with some peanuts and pretzels on a flight to California, which means that I will regrettably miss all of the festivities in Kansas City with my friends on my favorite foodie holiday of the year.  BUT, have no fear, I have been hard at work making up for my impending Cinco de Mayo absence by eating Mexican food with friends nearly every day this past week.  So many tacos!  So many margaritas!  So many chips and salsa!!!

As many of you know, I kind of have a thing for chips and salsa.  So much so, actually, that I decided to turn my Dos De Mayo birthday party this year into a mega Dip-A-Thon.  I made a batch of (spicy) fresh pineapple margaritas, some restaurant-style salsa, skinny buffalo chicken dip, and Italian guac to share.  Then a few dozen friends all piled into my loft with surprise dips and drinks of their own in tow.

It was this chips and salsa lover’s dream come true.

We had soooo many dips!!!  And you know how the birthday girl usually gets the first slice of cake?  Well, I had the even greater honor of sampling the first bite of nearly every dip.  And oh man, my friends can cook.  We had everything from hummus, to quesos, to guacamoles, to tzatziki, to salsas galore.  But my favorite dip of the night was actually made by my friend, Stacey, who brought the most gorgeous (and enormous) bowl of rainbow salsa to share.  As the night wore on, I found myself slipping back for seconds and thirds of the stuff — partly because it was just so fresh and delicious, but partly because I was madly in love with how gorgeous and colorful it was!

Ironically, I’d actually been meaning to try making a rainbow salsa of some sort for the blog this summer.  So I decided to take some inspiration from Stacey and whip up a second batch to give to some neighbors as a Cinco de Mayo gift before leaving town.  It was vibrant, it was easy, it was healthy, and good grief — it was GOOD.

Rainbow Salsa -- easy to make, and so fresh and tasty! | gimmesomeoven.com

In order to hit up all of the colors of the rainbow, I decided to go with more of a black-bean-and-corn Southwestern salsa.  (Which I later came to find is known in the south as Cowboy Caviar, or something like that.  This Kansas girl had no idea!)

Rainbow Salsa -- easy to make, and so fresh and tasty! | gimmesomeoven.com

The base of my version was decided simply by going to the farmer’s market and gathering as many colorful veggies as possible.  I landed upon:

  • Red: roma tomatoes and red bell peppers
  • Orange: orange bell peppers
  • Yellow: corn and yellow bell peppers
  • Green: jalapeno and fresh cilantro
  • “Blue”: black beans (eh, close enough)
  • Purple: red onion

Rainbow Salsa -- easy to make, and so fresh and tasty! | gimmesomeoven.com

Simply toss them all together with some fresh lime juice and a few seasonings.

Rainbow Salsa -- easy to make, and so fresh and tasty! | gimmesomeoven.com

And within about 10 minutes (or however fast you can chop everything up), you’ll be ready to taste the rainbow.

Rainbow Salsa -- easy to make, and so fresh and tasty! | gimmesomeoven.com

Isn’t it gorgeous?!

Rainbow Salsa -- easy to make, and so fresh and tasty! | gimmesomeoven.com

I served mine up with my favorite yellow corn tortilla chips from Garden of Eatin.  And actually, I tried their reduced-fat tortilla chips for the first time with this salsa, and they were fantastic!  I never would have guessed that they were lightened up.  So tasty, and I love how they have a clean label with basic ingredients.

Rainbow Salsa -- easy to make, and so fresh and tasty! | gimmesomeoven.com

Sure enough, they were a match in chips and salsa heaven.

And I love that every time I make this salsa, now, I get to remember such a fun night shared with friends.  Thanks for the inspiration, Stacey.

And I wish you all a delicious Cinco De Mayo!  May the chips and salsa be ever in your favor.

Rainbow Salsa

This rainbow salsa is overflowing with fresh and healthy and colorful ingredients that combine to make the tastiest dip!


  • 3 roma tomatoes, cored and diced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, stems removed, seeded and diced (add more/less to taste)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely-packed
  • 2/3 cup chopped red onion (about half of a small red onion)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice (about 1 large lime)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small bag Garden of Eatin tortilla chips (I went with Reduced-Fat Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips)


Combine the tomatoes, jalapeno, bell peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro and red onion in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, garlic powder, cumin and salt until combined.  Add the juice to the bowl of salsa.  Then toss everything until combined.

Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

This post is sponsored by Garden of Eatin’.  I am partnering with them this Spring to create all sorts of fresh and tasty dip-able treats, and all chip-loving opinions are my own as always.  Thanks for continuing to support the brands that help make this site possible.

Rainbow Salsa -- easy to make, and so fresh and tasty! | gimmesomeoven.com


Leave a Comment:


  1. Rachel Cooks — May 5, 2015 @ 6:25 am (#)

    This is so gorgeous — love how fresh and bright it is. And what a fun birthday party idea — love it!

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 1:38 pm

      Thank you Rachel!

  2. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] — May 5, 2015 @ 9:31 am (#)

    These pictures! These flavors! Ali, this may be the most beautiful Cinco de Mayo recipe I’ve seen yet. Can’t wait to try this with some yummy summer produce – pinned!

    • Ali — May 5th, 2015 @ 11:17 am

      Thanks Alexa!

  3. The Kentucky Gent — May 5, 2015 @ 10:26 am (#)

    I’m a firm believer in the fact that colorful food always, always tastes better, and I’m sure this one is not exception. 

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

    • Ali — May 5th, 2015 @ 11:17 am

      Totally agree with ya! : )

  4. Heidi @foodiecrush — May 5, 2015 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    Of course you had a chip dip birthday! Nothing like eating the rainbow with a crunchy chip, and I hope your big day was a salty celebration!

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

      I sure did, haha, you know me well! It was a full and happy day, thank you1 : D

  5. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — May 5, 2015 @ 12:30 pm (#)

    Beautiful!!! Have fun in Cali! 

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

      Thanks Nicole, it was a blast!

  6. Khrys — May 5, 2015 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    Yep! I make a “Texas Caviar” with many of the same ingredients. Black-eyed peas instead of black beans, no corn, and added cucumber. A light vinaigrette ties it all together. YUM. 

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

      Sounds yummy! : )

  7. Anna — May 5, 2015 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    looove all these colours!! so tasty yumm

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

      Thanks Anna, hope you enjoy! : )

  8. Susan — May 5, 2015 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    Simple, but beautiful, and it sounds very tasty.  A belated happy birthday to you, Ali.  IMHO May babies are the best (my birthday is 2 days after yours).  :-)  Hope you enjoy your California trip.

    • Ali — May 5th, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

      Thank you Susan! Happy Birthday to you! : )

  9. Anna — May 5, 2015 @ 7:52 pm (#)

    Looks amazing.  I love all of the colors!

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

      Thank you Anna!

  10. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — May 6, 2015 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    Pretty sure you WIN for most gorgeous salsa! Welcome to Cali!!! It’s supposed to be chilly this week :( And by chilly, I mean high 60’s – low 70’s. Not sure where you’ll be but I’m in So Cal and last week it was in the 90’s. Hopefully it’ll warm up for you! Have so much fun!

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

      Thank you Senika! I LOVED Cali, even if it was a little on the chilly side. Can’t wait to return! : D

  11. Dana @ realfood-realfamily.com — May 6, 2015 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    This is my favorite type of dip!  I made something similar yesterday.  Mine didn’t have the jalapeños and I added avocado.  My dressing had olive oil so I may need to try it without to save a few calories.  Looking forward to trying this version.

    • Ali — May 6th, 2015 @ 6:54 pm

      Thanks Dana, hope you like it!

  12. Phoebe @Feed Me Phoebe — May 8, 2015 @ 1:23 pm (#)

    This salsa is so colorful! It will definitely suit any diet restriction or any palate!

    • Ali — May 13th, 2015 @ 1:22 pm

      Thanks Phoebe, hope you enjoy!

  13. sarah — May 9, 2015 @ 3:46 pm (#)

    I make this every summer, but I also like to add some diced avocado and sometimes I had some honey and jalapeño   for a hint of sweet/spicy

  14. Joann Woolley — May 29, 2015 @ 2:21 am (#)

    My kids are getting big enough to enjoy salsa! I don’t want to bore them with the same store bought items so I will be pinning so I can surprise them with a fun colorful recipe!

    • Ali — May 29th, 2015 @ 7:05 am

      That’s great, Joann! I hope they love it! : )

  15. Kathie — June 3, 2015 @ 7:47 am (#)

    so beautiful! I just made a batch this morning for a party later. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Ali — June 3rd, 2015 @ 11:02 am

      Thanks, Kathie!

  16. Rainbow Zomby — June 4, 2015 @ 8:45 pm (#)

    Gorgeous looking food!

    • Ali — June 5th, 2015 @ 8:08 am

      Thank you!

  17. Andra — July 15, 2015 @ 9:43 pm (#)

    My 11 yr old daughter pinned this weeks ago for a 4Hproject. She made it tonight and it is both gorgeous and delicious! Fingers crossed for a blue ribbon. Thanks for the inspiration. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 17th, 2015 @ 4:16 pm

      Aww, thank you for sharing Andra, we are happy to hear that! :)

  18. Samantha — July 24, 2015 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    Made this today and it is so bright, refreshing, and delicious!

    I wanted to share some beautiful photos of the salsa in progress and then the finished product but couldn’t quite figure out how to get it done. :-(

    Thanks again for the recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 29th, 2015 @ 10:11 am

      Thanks Samantha, we’re happy you enjoyed this!

  19. AJ — August 8, 2015 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    Beautiful salsa! I’d love to make this. I am one of the lucky 10% who absolutely hate cilantro. I have no idea how people eat it! ;) Tastes like soap. Can you suggest something besides cilantro that would still be delicious? I know there is nothing quite like it but I wondered if you had any thoughts? Perhaps it would still be good without? Thanks! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 12th, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

      Thank you AJ! If it’s any consolation, I absolutely have the cilantro gene as well, so I feel you! Ali and I would suggest you try fresh basil, green onions, or chives (if you like any of those three)! We hope that helps! :)

  20. Melanie Epp — March 4, 2016 @ 5:28 pm (#)

    This is so delicious I ate a large portion before the party I was going to bring it to.  They’ll never know how much I made hehe

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2016 @ 2:49 pm

      Thanks Melanie! We’re glad you enjoyed it!

  21. Vahini Manohar — March 25, 2016 @ 6:39 am (#)

    Healthy! Meanwhile so colorful & yummy to enjoy

  22. Pamela Waring — February 6, 2017 @ 9:38 am (#)

    I made this last night and it was sooooo good, but now I have so much of it. Does it freeze well ?

    Thanks, Pam

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 6th, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

      Hi Pamela! We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed the salsa! Unfortunately we don’t think this would freeze well, but it should last in the fridge for a few days or so.

  23. Kortni — March 16, 2017 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    Can this be made without the tomatoes? There is a tomato allergy in my family.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2017 @ 8:16 pm

      Hi Kortni! Sure, we if there’s a tomato allergy, you can leave them out. Feel free to swap in extra bell pepper or other veggies if you like. We hope you all enjoy!