Pico de gallo is one of the versatile dishes that can be added to any of the meals. You can make them as appetizers, sides, dips, toppings in any Mexican-inspired food. This is naturally vegan and gluten-free too.
What is Pico de Gallo?
Pico de gallo is a very popular Mexican sauce and an appetizer primarily. This typically includes chopped fresh tomatoes, finely diced onions, serrano (for heat), cilantro or parsley, and lime juice. This 5 ingredient (excluding salt) pico de gallo doesn't take more than 7 - 8 minutes yet adds tons of flavor to any of the meals.
It's different from salsa in that the tomato juice is less concentrated. It has less juice concentration. It's also much more finely chopped than salsa. And for that reason, it goes well with tacos and fajitas.
This yummy salad balances heat with sweetness in a way that makes it unique and yummy in taste. Í love it more than the salsa since each of the flavors of ingredients is intense but never overwhelming. Also, you can remove the ingredients that you don't like jalapeno or cilantro leaves (if you can't tolerate their flavor)
How to serve the pico de gallo?
You can serve them as a dip with your nachos or tortilla chips too.
Add this to your tortilla wraps or pinwheels for the best punch of flavors.
Serve this as a side dish to any of your vegan meals, even if it's not Mexican. Pico de gallo will go well with any cuisine, any meal.
Or eat this as a meal if you are on diet mode. Or just replace your unhealthy snacking habit with a small portion of this healthy salad.
Add to your black bean salad along with corn and spice it up with a little cumin flavor, it's going to be a delicious Mexican black bean salad.
Replace the tomatoes with other fruits like mangoes (Mango pico de gallo or mango salsa), strawberry pico de gallo, etc.
Add bell peppers to the dish to have a crunchy bite in the same.
Play around with the ingredients and create your own version too. Please share comments below if you have made some unique flavors.
How to make pico de gallo?
Chop tomatoes (use Roma or other plum tomatoes) into very small dice, about half an inch on each side. Take out the juice seeds and keep them aside to use in other recipes.
Chop 1 medium size onion along with a handful of cilantro leaves.
Remove the stem and seeds from two serrano peppers or jalapeno peppers and slice them into thin pieces.
Take a handful of cilantro leaves or flat parsley leaves and chop them finely.
**Note - Be careful as chile peppers can cause irritation if you touch your eyes with your hands (even after washing with soap)! Consider putting on gloves while chopping the peppers or jalapeno.
Place the chopped veggies in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and drizzle fresh lime juice. You can substitute lime with lemon juice too.
Pico De Gallo
- 3 - 4 tomatoes deseeded and finely chopped
- 1 red onion finely chopped
- 1 - 2 jalapeno de-seeded
- 4 -5 tbsp cilantro leaves finely chopped
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- salt to taste
- Chop all the ingredients finely.
- Take a mixing bowl and add all finely chopped ingredients.
- Add lime juice and salt to taste.
- You can also add black pepper powder. (optional)
- Mix them all nicely.