Recipe of the Week ~ Pico de Gallo

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Recipe of the Week | 4 comments

Fresh produce says “summertime” to me unlike anything else can. I LOVE to fill my fridge with fresh berries, fruits, and garden veggies. One of my favorite things to make with these treats is pico de gallo. This is a recipe that doesn’t need strict measuring and can be made to your taste. Perfect as a side to tacos or fajitas or eaten just with chips, you’re sure to get a mouthful of good flavor with each bite!

Here’s how I throw it together:

First, I grab my key ingredients: Tomatoes, onion, garlic, cucumber, peppers, cilantro, lime juice (I prefer fresh, but didn’t have it on this particular day), and salt.

My family doesn’t like their pico too spicy, so I use banana and bell peppers. You could use jalapeno, serrano, or whatever you prefer.

Next, I dice up the ingredients so they look like this. As you can see, I used about 2/3 of the cucumber, both tomatoes (seeded), both peppers, about 2/3 of the onion, 1/2 of the cilantro bunch, and three-ish cloves of garlic.

I then dump everything in a bowl and sprinkle it with around 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1 hefty Tablespoon of lime juice.

After stirring, I try it on a chip. Sometimes, I’ll add more salt or lime juice. Occasionally, I’ll decide it needs more of one of the veggies. You may like extra tomatoes, colored peppers, or a different spice (ground pepper, cumin, paprika, etc.).

Hopefully, my finished product looks something like this:

I like to make my pico several hours before serving it so that the flavors have time to meld. I wouldn’t recommend more than 12 hours ahead or the veggies will get slightly soggy.





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  1. That looks like my sister’s salsa

  2. monica’s pico=the best i’ve EVER had :D

  3. I’ve never thought of putting cucumbers in my pico de gallo — can’t wait to try it! But don’t tell Brian: he thinks he doesn’t like cucumbers. This might be a good way of sneaking them in! :o)

  4. YUMMY!!

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