Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo

Summer is upon us and for my family that means fresh produce! Herbs and veggies galore can be found in my family's garden. Our hands-down favorite and most sought after item in the garden? Tomatoes! Nothing beats a fresh homegrown tomato. Regardless if you are growing them in your backyard or picking them up at the store, there is a notable improvement in quality for tomatoes in the summertime.

My family's favorite way of using tomatoes is by making a fresh batch of pico de gallo, aka salsa! I asked my mom for her recipe, the reply? Throw a little bit of this, throw a little bit of that - basically, this recipe is hard to mess up. Plus - the uses are endless! You can add it to eggs, put on a salad, or use as a dip with whole grain crackers! Consider bringing pico de gallo to your next family picnic for a great snack and a sneaky way to get extra veggies in! See below for a great and easy pico de gallo recipe.



3 medium tomatoes, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped (red or white - both work!)
½ small jalapeño, deseeded and chopped (optional for extra heat!)
1 tbsp garlic, minced
¼ cup basil, chopped
½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper


Chop the tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, and basil. Add to a small bowl. Mince garlic and add to the bowl. Mix to combine ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Let mixture sit for a ½ hour. The salt pulls the juices from the tomatoes making the salsa extra juicy! Enjoy! Serve with whole grain crackers or on top of a garden salad.

By: Emily Rykacewski, MS, RDN, LDN

This information is intended for general advice and may not be applicable to everyone. Please speak to your on-site Registered Dietitian if you have specific questions or to find out what is best for your individual needs.