Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca)

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Enjoy this Pico de Gallo (salsa fresca) recipe with tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, garlic, lime juice and cilantro. It’s the perfect dip or snack for summer.

Pico De Gallo (Salsa Fresca)

I make this recipe so much that it wasn’t until a friend sent me someone else’s recipe and had thanked me for the recipe. Ha! I looked at the picture and immediately knew it was not my recipe. But, this reminded me that I had not posted my original recipe! Only variations of it. Shame on me. So, I am correcting that now.

Pico de gallo or also known as salsa fresca, is basically what it sounds like… a fresh salsa. It’s compromised of mostly diced vegetables or fruit with lime juice and salt. The fresher the ingredients the better. Also, the longer the salsa sits, the better combination of flavors because the lime juice breaks down the vegetables and fruit. The juices then combine at the bottom of the bowl to create a nice blend of flavors. Once you have this base, you can then add pineapple or habanero for a different kick depending on what flavors you are looking for. For now, let’s start with the basics.

This recipe mostly comes down to a good list of ingredients since there is no cooking.  Only chopping up the ingredients necessary and combining them in a bowl to mix.  The main ingredients that most all pico de gallo recipes include are tomatoes and onion. My recipe includes roma tomatoes because they hold up well and are not overly watery.  Plum tomatoes work well too though.  I enjoy a white onion in my pico to give it that crunchy onion zing flavor that mixes so well with the other ingredients. To round out the remaining ingredients, I chop up jalapeno, mince a clove of garlic and roughly chop some cilantro. You can leave in the seeds and veins in the jalapenos if you like your pico to have a little added heat. Finally, lime juice and salt really help to bring the flavors together.

Like I’ve said before, it is perfect for summer and if you are having a party you can make one big batch of it and split it into two. Keep one part as the pico and the other part add one or two avocado to and now you have chunky guacamole! So yummy.

Enjoy! If you like this recipe then check out my other pico de gallo recipes (salsa fresca) like the cabbage pico, sunny pico, kale pico or pickle pico.

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Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca)


Enjoy this salsa fresca using fresh tomato, onion and jalapeno as a base.



4 roma tomatoes chopped

1/2 of a fresh lime juiced

2 jalapeno’s (de-seeded and deveined) and chopped

1/2 small white onion diced

1 garlic clove minced

1/3 bunch of cilantro chopped

1/2 teaspoon of salt


Chop all ingredients and place in large bowl.

Add lime juice and salt.

Mix the ingredients in the bowl.

If needed, continue to add more lime juice and salt.


Optional: Add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin for a nutty smoky flavor.



I'm Elena, the driving spirit behind Savor Paradise, where the Culinary Travel Lifestyle meets unique Airbnb experiences. Join me in a flavorful journey, discovering exceptional recipes and hidden Airbnb gems, as we embrace the adventure of culinary travel.

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