Pico de Gallo


Salsa and pico de gallo are another staple in the Cruz household, as well as ours. It’s healthy, low cal, and satisfying.


What makes pico de gallo different from, say, salsa borracha?  It comes down to the fresh tomatoes and peppers verses the roasted versions.   Salsa is a cooked sauce; pico de gallo is made from all fresh ingredients.  Try this muy bueno recipe for pico de gallo when tomatoes are in season, cilantro is fragrant, and you’re craving fresh Mex.




4-5 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped (or 1 bunch of green onions)

1/4-1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

1-2 serrano chiles, minced (for a milder version, use less chiles)

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

Juice from 1 lemon or lime

1 tsp salt, to taste



Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Using a flat kitchen utensil or smasher, mash down slightly to produce juice. Adjust amounts of chiles, cilantro, and onion to taste.