I hate to admit it, but I used to dislike cilantro. I thought it tasted like soap. Thankfully, I’ve since come around and now I can’t get enough of the stuff. One of my favorite uses for it, which I find myself making often around here, is pico de gallo. Obviously, it’s a great condiment for any Mexican dish. But, it is also a wonderful accompaniment to serve on top of broiled fish or grilled chicken. Not to mention it’s totally figure friendly.

I’ve found that I get pretty decent results year-round with Roma tomatoes. Of course this summer is at it’s prime with summer tomatoes, but it’s nice to be able to have a fresh tomato salsa in these dreary winter months that is edible! I like a more predominant onion flavor in my salsa, so I use white onions. If you like a milder onion flavor, try using red onion or scallions instead. If you don’t like things spicy, remove the “ribs” and seeds from the jalapeno before chopping. Or, if you want to kick the heat up a notch, try using a serrano or habenero pepper in place of the jalapeno.


  1. Posted December 9, 2011 at 11:25 PM | Permalink

    You know, I read an article a while back that said the reason that cilantro is such a divisive flavor is because some people lack (or have) an enzyme and it causes the soapy flavor. I’m glad that I don’t taste soap though – I freaking love cilatnro! And pico de gallo – I will pretty much eat it on anything!

  2. Laura
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 11:35 PM | Permalink

    I’ve read that too, Josie! I made my body acclimate I suppose – thank goodness.

  3. Posted December 14, 2011 at 7:20 PM | Permalink

    Pico de Gallo is one of my favorites. It’s a staple in my house!

    We do skip the cilantro though; I don’t mind it but my Mr figures it tastes like soap.

  4. Posted December 31, 2011 at 8:47 AM | Permalink

    Love your blog! I am Hispanic, so it’s at least 5 jalapeños to those 5 Roma’s! And a splash of Canola to finish it off! We do love the cilantro!!

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