Citrus Pico de Gallo

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Author Notes: Using sweet oranges in place of tomatoes I have played with my pico de gallo recipe. The art for this is in the details of chopping. Sagegreen

Serves 2-4

  • 2 cara cara or other sweet navel oranges (@ 1 cup diced)
  • 2 ounces red onion (@ 1/4 cup)
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper (@ 1 ounce), to taste
  • handful of spearmint leaves and/or cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • pinch of Maldon salt flakes (or other artisan salt)
  • light drizzle of EVOO
  1. Very deliberately peel the oranges; next slice into rings cutting away all the pith, or the albedo, if you wanted to get technical. Then dice the segments into small chunks discarding all of the white central column. Ideally, you want only the inner juicy vesicles. It does take care, but is worth it. You can use most of the other parts in other recipes, so reserve what you can.
  2. Mince the red onion into a small uniform cut. Cut the jalapeño pepper in half and remove the seeds. Continue to dice the pepper into small squares (@1/4 inch). Gently toss the oranges, onions and peppers together in a small bowl. Roll the mint leaves up and snip into a chiffonade and/or chop the cilantro. You can Add these to the bowl.
  3. Juice half a lime into the bowl. Stir everything together. Drizzle a bit of very fine EVOO. Add a pinch of the Maldon salt flakes to finish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve. This works nicely as a refreshing condiment with beef, chicken or duck, or as a side salad.
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almost 3 years ago Bevi

This is lovely. I don't do well with raw red onion. What do you think of using shallots sauteed in a little olive oil instead? I love the flavors.

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over 2 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Bevi. Salt the shallots first and let them rest for a bit before, and I think they would work well.

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, sdebrango! That is exactly how I ate this one.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

It's a perfect salad!!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love this, the use of citrus instead of tomato is a brilliant idea. I think that the flavors all go very well together. I would love this as is, just give me a spoon.