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the perfect pico

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Prep Time 9 hours 13 minutes

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Pico de gallo is an amazingly healthy and tasty condiment that allows you transform mundane dishes with nutritious Mexican flavor. Pico is similar to a roughly chopped salsa but usually has a lighter/zestier taste.

I like to keep a batch on hand at all times. I use pico to jazz up everything from my morning breakfast scrambles to fresh spicy salads.

Please enjoy my family’s go-to recipe for pico de gallo.

the perfect pico ingredients

the perfect pico

the perfect pico

By: Cassy
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Prep Time: 9 hrs 13 mins


  • 3 medium sized fresh tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of purple onion
  • 1 small jalapeno or 1/2 large
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes juiced
  • pinch sea salt
  • cracked black pepper


  • In a medium sized bowl, add tomatoes and onions cut into small (about 1/4th inch) cubes.
  • Peel, finely chop, and add the garlic.
  • De-seed the jalapeno using a spoon to prevent the pepper’s oils from getting on your fingers. Finely chop the jalapeno and add to the mixture.
  • Chop the cilantro and add (feel free to add more or less depending on your taste for cilantro – I like LOTS).
  • Pour the lime juice over, sprinkle with the sea salt/pepper, and stir.
  • Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 5 days.

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HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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  1. Kayla says

    Kayla —  01/05/2012 At 11:10

    I literally just drooled as I watched the picture load. 🙂