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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Simple Pico de Gallo

by Madeline Waters

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Pico de gallo is simply salsa prepared in the Mexican tradition. Typically made of raw, uncooked ingredients (tomatoes, onion and chiles), pico de gallo adds a layer of fresh flavor over grilled fish or chicken; with fajitas, tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas. It's a simple addition for any meal packed with nutrients and vitamins.

Ingredients

  • 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped*
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely-chopped onion
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced **
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber or radishes (optional)
  • 1/2 avocado, pit removed, diced (optional)

Directions

  • Chop ingredients.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well.
  • Cover and chill for 1 to 4 hours to allow flavors to blend.

Cooking Notes
* If flavorful fresh tomatoes aren't in season, substitute about 3/4 pound (2 to 3) roma or plum tomatoes or 1 (15-ounce) can of diced tomatoes, drained.
** To adjust the heat, use more or less jalapeno.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/4 cup
Serves 6
Calories: 10; Calories from fat: 0; Total fat: 0g; Saturated fat: 0g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium 20mg; Total carbohydrate: 2g; Dietary fiber: 1g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 0g

Recipe courtesy of Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide.