Summertime is so amazing because of all the fresh fruits and veggies. I can’t get enough!
When I was a little girl, I got this funny looking rash all over my hands. My mom took me to the doctor and he diagnosed me as having, “bartender’s hands” which basically means that all the acid from the fresh produce I had eaten had given me a skin rash. Even that didn’t stop me from eating my fruits and veggies, though.
In light of that lovely anecdote, I wanted to share one of my summertime favorite recipes with you today, fresh pico de gallo. Some people call this salsa…but really salsa is usually cooked. That is why this is called pico de gallo. (Although, pico de gallo translated to English means Rooster’s beak, there is no rooster or beak in this recipe)
You are going to need to chop up some tomatoes. Some people seed their tomatoes first, I don’t think that is necessary.
Add some chopped onions.
Fresh chopped mint and cilantro. Straight from the garden is even better!
Depending on how spicy you enjoy your food, you will add some jalapeno. I only add about 1/4 of a jalapeno. Cause, I don’t like my mouth to blaze fire.
Add a squeeze or two of lime. You could also add some orange juice, which makes the flavors come out better. I didn’t have any on hand and I was wanting this pico, so I just made it sans o.j.
Also, fresh cucumber is amazing in this dish. Unfortunately, my hubby doesn’t like cucumber…so I have to take that out too. Boo. But, for your sake – please keep it in!
I am such a doof, because I was so excited to eat this delicious pico, that I forgot to take a picture of the final product. I blame it on the pregnant brain.
I will say, this pico de gallo is a great side with the salad recipe that I will post later this week! Stay tuned…
Delicious Pico De Gallo
5 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 small sweet onion, chopped
1 cucumber chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped mint
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (adapt this to your own spicy taste, leave the seeds in if you really like things hot)
1/2 fresh squeezed lime (juice)
1/4 cup orange juicekosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together. This salsa gets better with time, so it is even tastier the next day.