There is nothing more satisfying this time of year than having a garden grow. By your own two hands, you’ve worked the land, nurtured and cared for it. Now, the garden is growing lavishly, and giving back of all it’s received.
However, I can think of one thing that could, quite possibly, be more rewarding than this. Walking out to the garden with a basket! (of course being thankful for the bounty you are about to receive). And moreover, being thankful for recipes like this, that allow you to implement those, oh so wonderful, home-grown delectable.
Now that we have a basket full of fresh vegetables, let’s make on of my favorite salsas!
It’s called by other names, such as, Tomato Salsa, and Salsa Mexicana. I on the other hand have always known it to be what it is Pico de Gallo. Which, when translated, really doesn’t sound as appealing. So here’s the recipe, hope you enjoy it, and enjoy walking in your garden looking for just the right veggies for this wonderful condiment.
Pico de Gallo
- 2 cups Seeded, Tomatoes, chopped (you can use red, yellow or orange)
- 1/4 cup Red Onion, diced (I prefer white and it tastes great)
- 1/2 tsp. Garlic, minced
- 3/4 tsp. fresh Ground Cumin, roasted
- 2 tbls. Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and diced (I’ve used Habanero and it tasted great)
- 1 Banana Pepper, stemmed and diced
- 1/4 cup Green Mango, diced (optional)
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/2 cup Cilantro Leaves, minced (use as garnish)
Combine tomato, onion, garlic, fresh cumin, lemon juice, and jalapeno (add the mango here if you opted to use it). Salt and pepper. Refrigerate until well chilled. (I can’t wait that long, so it’s generally straight to the table!)
Just before you serve it, garnish with the cilantro.
No matter whether served fresh or chilled, this is a wonderful condiment during the summer months. Goes well with bbq, group gathering, or a great compliment to any chip. It’s guaranteed to go quick! So make sure you have plenty on hand.
Oh! And by the way, the translation is ~ Peak of Rooster. See I told you it looses something in the translation. But it more than makes up for it in looks, and great taste.