This year I decided to try some new fresh herbs in our garden and one of those was cilantro. I love cilantro, I know that cilantro is one of those things that you either love or hate. I heard that it could possibly be genetically linked that you either enjoy the flavor or you think it tastes something like soap, but what do I really know… Oh that I like it, so my obsession will continue to this homemade pico de gallo 🙂
Pico is a great topping for some steak or chicken or even your eggs in the morning, but for this batch we ate it as a simple side with some chips. I love how fresh it is and so quick to whip up for a party or snacking pleasure. I’m just waiting for our tomatoes, Jalapeño and onions to be ready to pick so we can make a completely garden fresh pico, well except for the limes.  

Pico De Gallo Recipe: 

  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 ripe plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 or 3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped (depending on heat level desired)
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice + zest of one lime 
  • Salt to taste ( I like to add a little garlic salt or garlic powder for a little twist)

Mix all prepared ingredients together, stir to combine. Allow to chill in the fridge for 30+ minutes to allow ingredients to incorporate. 

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  • This looks delicious! I love a good pico 😉 and I totally agree about cilantro being genetically linked….either you love it or you hate it!


  • marlayoung

    I love Pico de Gallo. I am saving your recipe to try next week! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love cilantro, but I can never get it to grow in my garden! It’s one herb that just doesn’t do well. However, I do love Pico so I’m saving this recipe to make with some of our garden tomatoes!

  • Oh, I love garden fresh pico and this looks so good. I love the simplicity of making it too and how it can go with practically anything 🙂

  • Jenna Condon

    Your blog is absolutely beautiful! That recipe looks so good 🙂

  • I love homemade fresh salsa, but I’m one of the hates-cilantro people. My husband loves it, so I serve it in a bowl on the side instead of mixed in. 🙂

  • Thank you!

  • That’s a smart compromise! lol

  • yum. pico de gallo is my favorite. love these photos too!