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Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca)

Pico de Gallo – Or known as Salsa Fresca, but however you know it, it is simple and easy and utterly delicious blend of tomatoes, onions, cilantro and jalapeños with a splash of lime juice and pinch of salt.Pico de Gallo ~ The Complete SavoristThe fact I make this salsa still shocks me. I hated cilantro unnecessarily for years because of this dish. Raw tomatoes were Ewww at best. Now, when using fresh garden tomatoes, it’s a delicious thing to eat. It’s utterly easy and super quick to make.

Back in my late teen years I worked for Taco Bell and had to put the pico de gallo together “fresh” in the store. It was just so over-powering that I hated most pico ingredients for years. Luckily, I grew up-palate wise, and now I adore cilantro and pico.

If you’re ever invited to gathering and you need to make something last minute, this is your go-to item. You can quickly pick up the items, chop, mix, let sit 5 minutes and you’re good to go.

I am not a fan of super spicy food. I am wimp, always have been, but now, after gastric bypass, I am super-wimpy. I can’t go beyond two jalapeños in my pico. I remove both the seeds and the ribs. However, I have been told more is more. This becomes one of those things you have to ultimately decide on your own. You like it hot, add more, don’t remove seeds. If you’re a wimp like me, decrease them.

If you really want to have a pepper flavor but no real heat, go for a poblano. That will impart great flavor but not much heat (removing the seeds and ribs as well.)Pico de Gallo ~ The Complete Savorist

Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca)

Author: Michelle


  • 1 lb tomatoes (3-5); diced (I removed the seeds)
  • 1/4 cup white onions; diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro; chopped
  • 2-3 jalapeños; to tasted , de-seeded and de-veined.
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of salt.


  1. Chopped all ingredients.
  2. Mix together in a bowl.
  3. Let sit for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Stir and serve.

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    Arthur in the Garden!
    June 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm


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    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    June 9, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Such a fan of Pico de Gallo and me….love it spicy hot! Your recipe looks delish and what a treat!

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    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    June 17, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I adore pico! It wasn’t one of my favorites for a long time but now, like you, as Ive grown up a bit I LOVE it. I cant wait to make some with my tomatoes from my garden this year 🙂

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      June 17, 2015 at 12:40 am

      Pico with home-grown garden tomatoes is heaven.

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    June 17, 2015 at 2:41 am

    There’s nothing like fresh homemade salsa!

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      June 17, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Couldn’t agree more.

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    June 17, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Dear Michelle, what a wonderful recipe. Nothing compares to a bowl of fresh salsa in the summer. This sounds delish! xo, Catherine

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      June 17, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Thank you so much Catherine.

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    June 18, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Dear Michelle, I love fresh Pico de Gallo. Simple and so delicious. Your photos are beautiful as always!

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      June 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you Allie, you’re too kind.

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    Debra @ Bowl Me Over
    June 18, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Love pico de gallo – always a go to for a football game. Your recipe looks terrific!

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    Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert
    June 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I love pico de gallo and your’s looks fantastic! Ever since I joined Weight Watchers years ago and was told it was a “free” food it has since been my go-to topping for anything and everything with no guilt!

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      June 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Sabrina, you made me chuckle, dill pickles and mustard are 0 point items on WW, I learned that eons ago and they became my go-to items as a result.

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    Jean | lemons & anchovies
    June 18, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Nothing beats fresh salsa–I will admit that I never make it at home because my parents give me a steady supply in the summer from their vegetable garden. I bet this tastes so good! Pass the tortilla chips!

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      June 18, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      If it is free and comes to you, take it! 🙂

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    June 19, 2015 at 1:26 am

    This looks so light and refreshing, I’m going to make it with tomatoes from my garden when they ripen!

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      June 19, 2015 at 4:24 am

      Fresh from the garden tomatoes are the very best.

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    pam (Sidewalk Shoes)
    June 19, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I love cilantro, so I always make my own salsa so that I can add plenty!

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    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula
    June 19, 2015 at 5:28 am

    I adore pico! I could put it on everything!

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      June 19, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      I completely understand.

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    nibbles By Nic
    June 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Fresh, tasty and seasonal…no need to twist my arm here! YUM! xo Nic

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