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Simple Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo)

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Sometimes the most simple recipes are the best recipes! This salsa can be prepared in less than 10 minutes and will add flavour to any meals. Serve as a side or add a tablespoon or two to serve as a condiment. It's naturally low in carbs and diabetic-friendly.

You'll only need tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, cilantro and lime juice — that's it! Beef tomatoes are a great choice because they contain fewer seeds and juices and are easy to dice. White onions or red onions are ideal for making salsa because they are mild and sweeter than yellow onions. If you don't like cilantro, parsley is a great alternative.

Although traditional salsa doesn't include any oil, you could optionally add a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. It's an easy way to add healthy fats when you serve your salsa with lean meat cuts such as white fish or chicken.

Serve this classic fresh tomato salsa as a topper in low-carb fajitas, with breakfast eggs or as a dip with our grain-free tortilla chips. Enjoy!

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Nutritional values (per serving, 1/4 cup/ 50 g/ 1.8 oz)

Net carbs1.7 grams
Protein0.4 grams
Fat0.1 grams
Calories12 kcal

Calories from carbs 70%, protein 17%, fat 13%

Total carbs2.3 gramsFiber0.6 gramsSugars1.2 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium100 mg(4% RDA)Magnesium6 mg(1% RDA)Potassium113 mg(6% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 3 cups)

  • 1-2 beef tomatoes or other types of large tomatoes or 3-4 regular tomatoes (450 g/ 1 lb)
  • 1/2 medium white onion (75 g/ 2.7 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapeno or serrano peppers, seeds and ribs removed (28 g/ 1 oz)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice (30 ml)
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro or parsley (10 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste


  1. Wash the ingredients. Simple Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo)
  2. Finely dice the tomatoes. I prefer using large beef tomatoes because they are typically less watery. Place in a mixing bowl. Simple Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo)
  3. Peel and finely dice the onion and mince the garlic. Halve the chili peppers and remove the ribs and seeds. Finely chop the chili peppers and cilantro or parsley if you don't like cilantro. (I only used the leaves but you can also add finely chopped stalks.)
  4. Add everything into the mixing bowl. Add the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Simple Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo)
  5. Mix until well combined and season more if needed. Simple Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo)
  6. Transfer into a jar and store sealed in the fridge for up to 5 days. Simple Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo)
  7. Serve as a side, over fajitas, as a salad topper, with your breakfast omelet, add to your lunchbox or serve as a dip with keto tortilla chips. Simple Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo)

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1/4 cup/ 50 g/ 1.8 oz)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Tomatoes, beef (large), fresh
0.8 g0.3 g0.1 g8 kcal
Onion, white, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Peppers, Jalapeno, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Lime juice, fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Coriander (cilantro), fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1/4 cup/ 50 g/ 1.8 oz
1.7 g0.4 g0.1 g12 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (6)

I would be remiss if I did not mention that adding tiny diced slivers of jalapeño (to taste) is the bomb. We use avocado oil in place of olive oil as it has a cleaner taste. Great recipe!


Thank you Kel! I'll try avocado oil, what a great idea!


I just love the simplicity of this recipe. Thank you so much Martina. Added some fresh sweet basil.


Thank you so much! Mmmm a Mediterranean twist - sounds yummy! 😊


Try some mixed into your guacamole--the taste CANNOT be beat!  This stuff is a staple around our house--we mix it into guac, eggs, salads, just about anything that seems to need jazzing up.


I haven't tried it in guacamole but I can imagine it must be really good! I did try adding chopped avocado 😊