Party Time Pico de Gallo


Remember last week when I offered up a quick and easy bowl of cheesy grits topped with beans and salsa?

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This Friday it’s all about the pico de gallo. I’ve eaten plenty of pico de gallo in restaurants and have never been a huge fan. I prefer saucier salsas, pureed and spicy, but Cameron and I finished off this batch of pico de gallo at one go last week. It goes great with the rich grits and heavy beans, providing a light, tangy finish in every bite.

If you’re gearing up for a party this weekend (or planning for next month’s Cinco de Mayo), grab these ingredients at your grocery store and get chopping. In the time it takes you to reach your destination, this salsa will have marinated to perfection.

Pico de Gallo
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Party Time Pico de Gallo
(a Feast recipe)
Makes 1 1/2 cups

– 2 jalepeño chiles, seeded and minced

– 1 small red onion, minced

– 2 large firm, ripe heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes, chopped (I used on-the-vine tomatoes since that’s what was available at my local grocery store.)

– 1 garlic clove, minced

– Juice of 1 lime

– 2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro leaves

– Sea salt

– Finishing oil for drizzling

1. Toss together the jalepeños, onion, tomatoes, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro in a medium bowl.

2. Season with salt, and soften the bite and acidity of the onion and tomato with a drizzle of finishing oil. Serve at room temperature.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Mmmm. I would love pico de gallo with grits. Great idea!

    1. gwynnem says:

      You should try it, tinywhitecottage! I was not disappointed. 🙂

  2. Mmmmm I love pico de gallo! Now i’ve got a craving 🙂 Those cheesy grits look really tasty too, I like the idea of adding some interesting toppings to them.

    1. gwynnem says:

      I grew up in the land of grits but never ate them until I was an adult. While they’re still novel to me, I like mixing some lighter toppings to balance their richness. (I guess I could cut out the cheese in the grits, eh? ;))

  3. chef mimi says:

    Love this! This is exactly how I make my fresh salsa, except I add Tabasco sauce. Nothing like good ripe tomatoes!!!

    1. gwynnem says:

      Thank you, Chef Mimi! Do you like Tabasco more than Cholula or Tapatio hot sauce? Are they much different in flavor?

  4. afracooking says:

    What a great side to go with the grits!

    1. gwynnem says:

      Thanks, afracooking. Weekend recipe? 🙂

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