Whip Up a quick & Easy Pico de Gallo Fresh Salsa

Experience the vibrant flavors of this homemade Pico de Gallo Fresh Salsa recipe, bursting with freshness and tanginess. This quick and Easy recipe is the perfect addition to any Mexican-inspired dish.

A bowl of Pico de Gallo Fresh Salsa surrounded by tortilla chips, cilantro, lime, and tomatoes.

This Fresh Pico de Gallo fresh salsa recipe is a go-to dip, condiment, and appetizer in our family! Bursting with fresh ingredients, this zesty salsa will heighten any Mexican or Mexican-inspired recipe.

The blend of ripe tomatoes, crisp onions, tangy lime juice, and fragrant cilantro creates a symphony of flavors that will brighten any dish. Whether you’re hosting a fiesta or simply craving a refreshing snack, our fresh salsa is the perfect companion.

Quick and easy to prepare, it’s a versatile condiment that adds a vibrant touch to tacos, nachos, grilled meats, or even as a dip with crispy tortilla chips. Taste the fiesta today and let our Pico de Gallo become your secret ingredient for unforgettable meals!

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Ripe tomatoes, crisp onions, tangy lime juice, and fragrant cilantro come together in perfect harmony to create our vibrant Pico de Gallo fresh salsa recipe. You can taste the difference fresh salsa makes!

  • Roma tomatoes
  • White onion
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Jalapeno, serrano, or habanero peppers.
  • Lime juice
  • Salt

How to Prepare

Dice tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Mix with lime juice, salt, and pepper. Let the flavors meld for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy the zesty delight of homemade Fresh Salsa!

  1. Dice the ingredients.
  2. Season with peppers to your desired spice level.
  3. Salt to taste.
  4. Enjoy!
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Recipe Tips and Kitchen Tricks for Fresh Salsa

  1. Use ripe, juicy tomatoes for the best flavor in your Pico de Gallo recipe.
  2. For a milder taste, remove the seeds and membranes from the peppers before dicing.
  3. Finely chop the onions to ensure an even distribution of flavor throughout the salsa.
  4. Adjust the amount of lime juice according to your preference for tanginess.
  5. Allow the fresh salsa to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. For an extra kick, add a finely chopped jalapeño or serrano pepper to the salsa.

Variations of Fresh Salsa

  1. Fruit: Add diced mango, pineapple, or peach to your Pico de Gallo recipe for a sweet and tangy flavor.
  2. Avocado: Gently fold in diced avocado for a creamy and luxurious texture.
  3. Corn and Black Bean: Mix in cooked corn kernels and rinsed black beans for added texture and protein.
  4. Mediterranean: Replace cilantro with fresh basil and add diced cucumber and feta cheese for a refreshing Mediterranean-inspired Pico de Gallo.
  5. Smoky: Roast the tomatoes and onions before dicing for a smoky and charred flavor.
  6. Tropical: Combine diced pineapple, mango, red onion, and cilantro for a tropical twist on traditional Pico de Gallo.
  7. Green Goddess: Replace tomatoes with tomatillos for a tangy and slightly tart flavor profile.
  8. Garlic Infusion: Add minced garlic for an aromatic and savory twist to your Pico de Gallo.
  9. Citrus: Enhance the citrus flavor by adding freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice along with the lime juice.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Tortilla Chips: Classic and always a hit, serve the Pico de Gallo recipe as a dip alongside crispy tortilla chips.
  2. Tacos: Whether it’s soft or hard shell tacos, Pico de Gallo adds a fresh and vibrant flavor as a topping.
  3. Quesadillas: Spread Pico de Gallo on top or serve it on the side for a refreshing contrast to the cheesy goodness.
  4. Grilled Meats: Use Pico de Gallo as a flavorful topping for grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp.
  5. Nachos: Load up your nachos with Pico de Gallo, melted cheese, jalapeños, and sour cream for the ultimate fiesta snack.
  6. Enchiladas: Drizzle Pico de Gallo over enchiladas for a burst of freshness and acidity.
  7. Burritos or Burrito Bowls: Add a generous scoop of Pico de Gallo to your burritos or burrito bowls for a vibrant flavor boost.
  8. Seafood: Serve Pico de Gallo alongside grilled fish, shrimp, or scallops for a light and refreshing accompaniment.
  9. Mexican Rice and Beans: Stir Pico de Gallo into your rice and beans for an extra layer of flavor.
  10. Salads: Sprinkle Pico de Gallo over green salads or use it as a dressing for a zesty and refreshing twist.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: How long does Pico de Gallo Fresh Salsa last? Pico de Gallo is best consumed fresh. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days in an airtight container. However, its freshness and texture may gradually diminish over time.

Q: Can I make Pico de Gallo Fresh Salsa ahead of time? While it’s recommended to make Pico de Gallo fresh for the best flavor and texture, you can prepare the diced ingredients in advance and store them separately. Mix them together with lime juice, salt, and pepper just before serving to retain the freshness.

Q: Can I adjust the spice level of the Pico de Gallo fresh salsa recipe? Absolutely! You have full control over the spice level of your Pico de Gallo. If you prefer it mild, remove the seeds and membranes from the peppers or use a milder variety. For a spicier kick, include more jalapeños or use hotter pepper varieties like serrano or habanero.

Q: Can I substitute cilantro in Pico de Gallo? If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can substitute it with fresh parsley or basil for a different herbaceous flavor. However, keep in mind that it will alter the traditional taste of Pico de Gallo.

Q: Is Pico de Gallo gluten-free and vegan? Yes, Pico de Gallo is naturally gluten-free and vegan. It consists of fresh vegetables, herbs, and lime juice, without any added gluten or animal products.

Q: Can I freeze Pico de Gallo? No. Due to the high water content of tomatoes and other fresh ingredients, freezing Pico de Gallo is not recommended. Freezing can significantly affect the texture and taste, resulting in a watery and mushy salsa upon thawing.

Q: Can I customize the ingredients in Pico de Gallo? Absolutely! Pico de Gallo is highly customizable. You can add or omit ingredients based on your preference. Feel free to experiment with different vegetables, fruits, or additional seasonings to create your own unique twist on this classic salsa.

Q: Is Pico de Gallo spicy? Traditional Pico de Gallo is typically mild to moderately spicy, depending on the heat level of the peppers used. However, you can easily adjust the spice level by adding or reducing the number of peppers or by choosing milder varieties.

Q: Can I use canned tomatoes for Pico de Gallo? Fresh tomatoes are recommended for the best taste and texture in Pico de Gallo. Canned tomatoes tend to have a softer texture and can release excess liquid, altering the overall freshness of the salsa. However, in a pinch, you can use canned diced tomatoes and drain them well before using but there will be a change to the overall texture.

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Best Wine Pairings

Here are some wine options that can complement the zesty and tangy profile of Pico de Gallo:

  1. Sauvignon Blanc: This crisp and acidic white wine with its citrus and herbal notes pairs well with the bright flavors of Pico de Gallo.
  2. Rosé: A dry or off-dry rosé offers a refreshing and fruity counterpart to the salsa, balancing the flavors while adding a touch of sweetness.
  3. Sparkling Wine: The effervescence and acidity of sparkling wine, such as Champagne or Prosecco, can cut through the spiciness of the salsa and provide a lively contrast.
  4. Riesling: The slight sweetness and acidity of a Riesling can enhance the flavors of Pico de Gallo while offering a refreshing balance.
  5. Light-bodied Red Wine: If you prefer red wine, opt for a light-bodied red like Beaujolais or Pinot Noir. These wines have bright acidity and fruity flavors that can harmonize with the salsa.
  6. Verdejo: This aromatic white wine from Spain can bring a crisp and herbaceous quality that pairs well with the herbal and tangy components of Pico de Gallo.
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Pico De Gallo – Fresh Salsa

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
Pico de gallo, also called salsa fresca and salsa cruda, is a type of salsa commonly used in Mexican cuisine. It is traditionally made from chopped tomato, onion, serrano peppers, with salt, lime juice, and cilantro. Pico de gallo can be used in much the same way as other Mexican liquid salsas.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine tex-mex
Servings 4
Calories 44 kcal


  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup cilantro freshly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper 1-2 depending on spice level, seeded and diced. For hotter salsa, opt for serrano or habanero peppers.
  • 2 tbsp lime juice fresh is best.
  • salt to taste


  • In a small mixing bowl [paid link], combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro and lime juice.
  • Add jalapenos one at a time, tasting after each addition to see how hot the salsa has become. Jalapeno peppers vary in heat, so it is important to taste the salsa to ensure you do not make it too hot to handle.
  • Salt to taste. Enjoy!


If you like your salsa with a definite kick, use 1 Serrano pepper instead of the jalapenos.


Calories: 44kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 387mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1247IUVitamin C: 27mgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 19µgCalcium: 28mgFolate: 29µgIron: 1mgZinc: 1mg
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1 thought on “Whip Up a quick & Easy Pico de Gallo Fresh Salsa”

  1. I omitted the cilantro since my son doesn’t like it and replaced it with parsley for the fresh herbs and it was still amazing.


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