A pico de gallo recipe to elevate life experiences (or at least burritos, quesadillas, salads, nachos, and so on). Serve in combination with this guacamole and restaurant
–style salsa and you will never want to split the triplets up again!
I can’t remember when I first started to have a thing for pico. It certainly has been in my older and wiser years. For decades, I claimed I didn’t like tomatoes. I called him horrible names and I have to live with that. However, I’ve always loved his offspring – ketchup, marinara sauce, bolognese, salsa – you get the picture. For decades, tomatoes in salads or pico de gallo for that matter, were just too close to the original parent that I would pick around them or remove them usually with, “wicked tomato” muttered under my breath (or loud enough for everyone at the table to hear). I still can’t stomach the notion of a sliced tomato on a sandwich or hamburger, or large chunks of tomatoes in my salad or, heaven forbid, eating a tomato like an apple . . . but I’ve grown up enough to like them in their full glory in pico de gallo. And I’ve come to realize that pico de gallo really elevates most life experiences.
I’ll give you one quick example. Do you have a person in your life that when the holidays roll around you have NO idea what to buy them? Not to brag, but I have several of those people in my life that seem to have it all or have the money to buy it all. That includes no one in my household, our wish lists are full, baby! (Let me know if you would like a copy of said wish list.) The two absolute hardest are my parents. For the last 10-15 years I’ve tried to gift them more experiences or services. I nailed it this last Father’s Day. I know my Dad would prefer me to not spend money on him, but seeing as I think he is the best dad of my generation, the day really can’t go unforgotten. So what did this angel daughter make? Pico de Gallo with his name (literally) on it. Done. Favorite child solidified (again).
When I serve any Mexican dish at our house, it is typically accompanied by homemade restaurant style salsa, pico de gallo and guacamole. One other reason this pico elevates my life experience is that it is not just a “one hit wonder”; although, it is a wonder. One of my life hacks is to use my pico de gallo as the ingredients to whip up some quick guacamole. Just add avocado and a little season salt. Boom. Consider your life hacked.
- 5 Roma tomatoes, diced (2 cups)
- ½ large purple onion chopped finely (1 cup)
- 1 cup cilantro, chopped finely
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2 T lime juice
- Mix tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and garlic together in medium bowl.
- Add kosher salt, pepper, lime juice, stir well.
Serving Size:1/3 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Sodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gProtein: 0g