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.

close up view of Pico de Gallo in a white bowl, served with a lime, jalapeno, and fresh herbs
Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped - or more to taste

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 2 ½ cups Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

29 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 395mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 18mg 88%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 258mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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