Need a flavorful party dish, fast? In just 5 minutes, you can make this Easy Pico de Gallo salsa recipe! So fresh and full of amazing flavors, this is a delicious dip for tortilla chips, as a topping for tacos or huevos rancheros, and so much more.
Salsa lovers, this post is for you!
Do you put salsa on everything? Some people love ketchup. Others BBQ sauce. I love salsa, and make my 15-minute restaurant-style salsa at least once a month. I alternate between that saucier salsa (so good!) and this super fresh and easy pico de gallo.
Over the past few years, I have made both salsas so often in my Instagram stories. I didn't even realize I didn't have this recipe published yet until a few folks asked for the recipe from my stories. Doh! Here it is, friends! I can't believe I've shared it so many times on social but never on the blog... until now! :)
Super fresh & easy pico de gallo
This salsa is perfect when you want super fresh tasting ingredients. It's Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, and Gluten-Free!
Tomatoes - I love the taste of Roma tomatoes but you can also use
Red Onion - Red onions add a slight sharpness to the salsa that helps bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes. If you don't have red onions, you can also use yellow or white onions.
Garlic - Can't make this salsa without the garlic! I use three cloves but you can add more if you love garlic as much as I do. Or, use just one or two cloves if you're not wanting a sharper garlic flavor.
Cilantro - This adds a really nice herbal flavor to the salsa and brings it all together. If you really really do not like cilantro or if you have the gene that causes cilantro to taste like soap, you can substitute flat leaf parsley.
Olive oil - Use a high quality extra-virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
Lime juice - Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a lovely bright flavor to this salsa, but you can substitute store-bought lime juice too.
Kosher salt and ground black pepper - season and taste, then add more if necessary
Making this salsa is as simple as prepping the ingredients, then tossing them all together in a bowl. SO easy!!
What to serve with this salsa
As mentioned earlier, I love salsa so much and eat it as a regular daily condiment on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here are a few ways to enjoy this pico de gallo:
- Enjoy it as a dip with tortilla chips
- Use it as a topping, for shrimp tacos, ground meat tacos, rice and beans, taco pizza, or pulled pork nachos.
- For breakfast: enjoy it in a huevos rancheros breakfast sandwich or with your scrambled eggs
- Use it as a filling for enchiladas.
- Mix it in for delicious added flavor to shredded chicken
- Add it as an option for your loaded pub chips bar
Pico de Gallo FAQ
This low calorie, low carb, keto-friendly dish is full of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that also help protect against heart disease. The ingredients are high in Vitamin C, A, and K, as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, folate, and choline.
Pico de gallo is a type of salsa. While there are many different types of salsa - thinner, restaurant-style salsa to salsa verde - pico de gallo is usually the same, with few variations. Pico de gallo always consists of uncooked vegetables and herbs, tossed together.
My kids have heard me say at least a zillion times: just because you can doesn't mean you should. This saying is definitely relevant for freezing pico de gallo. Yes, you can freeze this delicious fresh salsa. However, once you thaw the pico de gallo, the texture of the ingredients changes and it just won't be as fresh and, in my opinion, as delicious as it is when it's freshly made.
Pico de gallo is a popular Mexican dish. In Spanish, pico de gallo reportedly translates to "rooster's beak." Weird, right? But food historians have thought that perhaps it was called this because people would eat it by pinching their thumb and pointing finger, creating the shape of a rooster's beak.
More dips & salsa recipes
- 15-minute restaurant-style salsa
- Pineapple Mango Salsa
- Avocado Lime Dressing and Dip
- Easy Mango Salsa
- Dairy-Free Queso Dip (Vegan Queso)
More Mexican-inspired recipes to try
Easy Pico de Gallo
- In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients until well combined. Serve immediately or refrigerate until you are ready to eat.