Monday, May 30, 2005

Traditional pico de gallo

This is what Cristina on the Chowhound message board insists is real Pico de Gallo. I call melon with lime juice, chile powder and salt Pico de Gallo because I have heard other people call it that. She insists that is called "fruit."

In any case, this is a refreshing summer salad.

Pico de Gallo

2 cups jicama, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
3 oranges, peeled and trimmed of white pith, chopped in dice
1/2 large red, orange or yellow bell pepper, diced
1 cup or more mild flavored cucumber, diced
Some people like paper thin slices of red onion, too
Some people like chopped cilantro
Juice of one lime
Your favorite chile powder to taste
Couple good pinches of flake salt if you have it, regular salt if you don't.
A nice drizzle of olive oil

Combine and eat. It gets better if it sits for a couple hours.

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