Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa

Fresh. Quick. Simple. Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa is a Mexican classic salsa, and an important addition to your Mexican/Latin recipes repertoire… It’s perfect on tacos (of course) and with tortilla chips, but don’t overlook it as a fresh accompaniment for grilled fish, chicken, and more!

A glass bowl of pico de gallo on a slate tray

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks (About Salsa)

Salsa is something of a “mood” thing for me… I sometimes want a complex, savory salsa like Roasted Tomatillo and Hatch Green Chile Salsa (salsa verde), and other times, a the sweet heat of Easy Mango Salsa fits the bill. When fresh salsa is calling my name, though, nothing beats a bowl of Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa.

Aside from the fresh flavor it brings to a dish, pico de gallo is a super easy salsa recipe! Start to finish – with your fresh ingredients – you’re all in for about 15-20 minutes. With excellent knife skills, you may get it done even more quickly! 😁

Try this quick salsa recipe with my Easy Ground Lamb Tacos or in a corn tortilla with my Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork!

📋 Ingredients

First things first: Gather your ingredients. Your salsa will stay fresh for a few hours and is okay the next day, but it’s best eaten FRESH!

A red cutting mat with ingredients for Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa: scallions, tomatoes, halved limes and squeezer, a bunch of cilantro, and 3 jalapeños.
  • tomatoes (I like tiny tomatoes but use your favorites!)
  • jalapeño(s)
  • scallions or red onion
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2-3 juicy limes
  • sea salt

🔪 Step by Step Instructions

A green bowl of salsa ingredients ready to be combined - jalapeno, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, lime juice.

This salsa is so quick and easy! Chop all the veggies, then squeeze the lime juice over top, and season with sea salt and pepper. Be sure to taste for seasoning!

Note: You are probably familiar with jalapeños and their heat level. While somewhat low on the scoville scale, you’ll still want a well-balanced salsa. We like to taste some heat, and they really do vary. When you slice them lengthwise, give them a sniff… or better yet, taste a nibble. Add accordingly!

A glass bowl of pico de gallo on a grey slate background.

🍅 What can I serve with my Pico de Gallo?

  • with your favorite chips… we like to spray with cooking spray, lightly salt, and bake, but the choice is yours!
  • with Easy Ground Lamb Tacos!
  • on bison tacos
  • try a scoop on an omelette for a healthy breakfast!
  • on grilled chicken or a pork chop

💭 Tips and FAQ

How long can I keep this? Pico de gallo is best served the same day or the next. After that, it really isn’t that great IMHO! It does not freeze well!

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I hope you’ll give this super easy, fresh-tasting salsa a try soon… #TacoTuesday!

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes. Healthyish Latin cuisine.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa

Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa

Fresh Pico de Gallo Salsa is a Mexican classic salsa, and an important addition to your Mexican/Latin recipes repertoire...

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes (I like Cherub)
  • 1 to 2 jalapeños (to taste), minced
  • 2 to 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves only, chopped
  • 2 to 3 juicy limes, squeezed
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Combine prepared veggies in a bowl, squeeze lime juice over top, stir to combine.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 13

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