Pico de Gallo (also known as Salsa Fresca) is like a raw salsa. Just as vibrant, spicy and fresh, but with that punch and bite that raw vegetables pack.
As the cold days give way to brighter mornings and buds on the trees, don’t you just suddenly want to eat differently? Once the scarf and gloves are packed away, I always want brighter flavours, crispy raw vegetables and zesty citrus. That makes this Pico de Gallo a perfect way to welcome the changing tastes of the seasons.
Normally salsas use cooked tinned tomatoes, but Pico de Gallo (also known as Salsa Fresca) is like a raw salsa. Just as vibrant, spicy and fresh, but with that punch and bite that raw vegetables pack.
One of the great things about Pico de Gallo is that you can tweak it how you like. Don’t like jalapeno? Leave them out or else scrape out the seeds and membrane to make them less spicy. Not a fan of yellow onions? Add red onions or shallots. Don’t like it too juicy? Drain the tomatoes for a few minutes before adding them. The world is your, erm, salsa.
- ½ a large white onion (or red if you prefer)
- 300g (2 cups) fresh raw tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeno peppers (to taste, remove the seeds to make it milder, if desired)
- 1 large handful fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Juice of 1 lime
- Chop the onions, tomatoes, garlic, jalapenos and coriander. If the tomatoes are a bit wet, you can drain them slightly in a colander. Mix with the salt and lime juice. It’s nice either eaten immediately or if left to marinade itself.
This pico de gallo is lovely served with nachos, tortillas or as a South American-style bruschetta. You can also use it to top vegetables, scrambled eggs or eat it straight out of the bowl with a spoon!
My onion chopping for this recipe was tear-free thanks to the Gefu Cubico Cutter.
Apparently it is the world’s fastest mechanical onion chopper, and really it is fast. Pop in a quarter of onion and turn the crank. Presto, chopped onion (or tomatoes, carrots, peppers….). This gadget dices the onion, so it’s a little bit squishy, but that’s perfect for soups, stews, shakshukas, pasta sauce, chilli, Bolognese, curries etc… Diced onions are the basis of so many dishes that this is a really useful little machine. It’s also dishwasher-safe so not only do you get to forego the stingy tear eyes, but it’s easy to clean.
I’m thinking French onion soup next…
The Gefu Cubico Onion Cutter retails for around £30 and is available from In The Haus and other major retailers.
Disclosure: I was sent the Gefu Cubico Cutter to review. I was not paid to review it and I was not expected to give a positive review.