Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pico de Gallo - Fresh Salsa

When I was younger, my favourite salsa came from a jar where you couldn't really tell what all the ingredients were.  Fresh salsa was a little too raw for me and I did not like cilantro at all.
Today, I love fresh salsa or pico de gallo or salsa fresca with all it's colorful, fresh, raw veggies.  And, I have learned to love cilantro.
Now that the tomatoes are coming in fast and furious, fresh salsa is one of our favourite snacks.

Here's our recipe.

6-7 plum* tomatoes, chopped and seeded**
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 green or yellow sweet pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 to 2 cayenne or jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (your preference)
3 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
salt and pepper to taste

1.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
2.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
3.  Eat immediately or cover and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.

Serve with tortilla chips and strawberry margaritas!

* Use whatever tomatoes you have on hand.  Plum tomatoes are great for salsa because they have more flesh compared to other tomatoes.  It's also easier to take the seeds out - if you choose to do that.
** Taking the seeds and the surrounding liquid out of tomatoes helps limit the amount of liquid in your salsa.  But it is totally optional.


Lomo said...

Perfect! I adore this combination of flavours.

gypsysmom said...

We just came back from a trip to the American Southwest where we fell in love with Pico de Gallo. I made a batch last night but I'm delighted to see your recipe which I will try next. Have you tried other tomatoes besides Romas?

Getty Stewart said...

Yes, I use whatever tomatoes I have on hand - they're all delicious. Some have more water in them, so I take the seeds and liquid out. Not once has anyone ever commented about the tomatoes not being Romas! Comments usually focus on how many hot peppers to add or whether or not to use cilantro. Some people love cilantro - others really, really don't.

Becky said...

I made salsa for the first time based on what I saw here, and I just wanted to let you know it was a total "hit" at our house. Thanks!