This delicious fresh tomato salsa is perfect for your next party or get-together. Just chop everything up and mix it together, and you're done!
It’s a great way to introduce more raw garlic and onion into your diet in order to benefit from the powerful antibiotic properties that are so important on the candida diet.
Serve it with gluten free crackers or use it as a topping for socca burritos. You can even use it as a salad dressing. Give it a try and you'll be hooked!
🍅 What is Pico de Gallo?
Pico de Gallo, also known as Salsa Fresca or fresh tomato salsa, is a Mexican dish that is typically made by combining tomatoes, onions, chili peppers, lime juice and coriander.
It's great to use as a condiment for topping for tacos, burritos, or other Mexican dishes. Pico de Gallo can also be eaten on its own as a dip or salsa.
This fresh tomato salsa is so simple and comes together in only a few minutes!
First, finely chop the onion and tomatoes and add to a bowl. If you don’t like your onions too spicy then read my tips below on how to reduce the intensity. Also, if you want a less juicy salsa you can discard some of the tomato juice by giving the tomato a little squeeze when chopping.
Next add the garlic, apple cider vinegar and lime juice. Season with some salt and black pepper and allow the salsa to sit for a few minutes before tasting and adjusting your seasoning as per your taste.
Finally, remove the stalks of some washed, fresh coriander, finely chop the leaves, and add to the salsa. That’s really it!
🌶️ How to Make Raw Red Onions Less Spicy
I don’t know about you, but I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to strong onion flavour and would always be the one to pick onion out of my salads when I’m out. I don’t particularly enjoy the over-powering flavour when I’m eating it and I especially don’t enjoy it returning to haunt me for the next couple of hours.
So how can you still enjoy the spicy and sweet flavour of red onion without the dragon breathe to deal with afterwards? Simple, all you need to do is soak your onion in advance!
Soaking your onions in water dissolves those pungent sulphur compounds associated with onion breathe, making them more palatable as well as kinder to those around you!
Soak the Chopped Red Onion
Simply chop your red onion as you would like it served in the dish, add it to a bowl of cold water, and leave to soak for 10 - 30 minutes. If the onion is particularly pungent, you can swap the water out for some fresh water and leave for a further 10 minutes. Note that the more finely you chop the onion, the quicker it will be to remove its spice.
Once soaked, give your onion a final rinse and then pat dry with kitchen towel before adding to your favourite salad recipe.
If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wait for your red onion to soak, swap them out for some fresh, chopped spring onion instead, however, there is a certain crunch and sweetness that you can only get from a red onion.
✨ Top Tips
Use Good Quality Tomatoes
The taste of your fresh salsa will be as good as the tomatoes you put into it. Try and find high-quality tomatoes that are bright red and aromatic. Opt for heirloom or on-the-vine tomatoes. You could even use cherry tomatoes for a more intense sweet tomato flavour.
Use Fresh Lime Juice
In this recipe I have used a combination of both Apple Cider Vinegar and lime juice. If you don’t have lime juice on hand, you can substitute for entirely apple cider vinegar, however, note that the flavour won’t be as spectacular!
As the name suggests, fresh salsa is best enjoyed fresh! Leaving the salsa for a couple of hours will help meld the flavours together, but you'll want to eat this dish on the day it’s made for maximum flavour and texture.
This salsa can be refrigerated and stored for up two days.
Everyone has their own preference in terms of spice. You can keep your salsa completely mild or add a subtle kick with some crushed red pepper flakes. If you are a lover of all things chilli, then feel free to add some chopped jalapeño peppers for some authentic Mexican spice.
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Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico de Gallo)
- 5 fresh medium tomatoes approx 400g
- ½ red onion finely
- 1 small clove garlic crushed
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ juice lime
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Handful fresh coriander roughly chopped
- Red pepper flakes optional
- Finely chop the red onion and soak in water for around 10-30 minutes to reduce some of the intensity. Once soaked, drain and rinse with fresh water, then pat dry with kitchen towel.
- Finely chop the tomatoes and combine into a bowl with the onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, lime juice and dried oregano.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. I find ⅛ teaspoon salt is plenty thanks to the sharpness from the lime juice and vinegar, but you can season according to your own palate.
- Add red pepper flakes if you prefer a more fiery salsa.
- Remove the bigger stalks and chop the fresh coriander before finally serving.