Ex-Girlfriend’s Mom’s Salsa Fresca (Pico de Gallo)


My ex’s mom had the best hand-chopped salsa fresca I have ever tasted back in college. Over the years, I have tweaked it to something my friends and family rave about. The trick for this salsa is marinating the onions and jalapenos in lime juice for about 5 minutes before adding the tomatoes and cilantro. There are two tricks to this recipe: 1. Hand-chop everything. It takes a while, but it is worth it. 2. The marinating is what makes this salsa special. Hope you enjoy.

Original recipe makes 6 servings


1 cup finely chopped red onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped – or more to taste
2 limes, juiced
2 1/2 cups Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

  • PREP

    20 mins


    40 mins


  1. Mix red onion, jalapeno pepper, and lime juice in a bowl. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Mix in Roma tomatoes, cilantro, and salt; allow to stand 15 more minutes for flavors to blend.


Calories: 29 kcal
Carbohydrates: 6.9 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fat: 0.2 g
Fiber: 1.6 g
Protein: 1.1 g
Sodium: 394 mg