One of my favorite things about summer is my vegetable garden. I absolutely love walking outside barefoot in my backyard and picking vegetables and fruits. I love feeling the hot dry dirt under my feet, smelling a tomato that has been baking in the sun for hours or picking a hot juicy strawberry and letting it explode in my mouth. Those are the moments...the memories that dance through my head to make my long cold winters a little more tolerable.

Every spring I attempt to plant all the vegetables I need for Pico de Gallo, my favorite summertime treat. Sadly, this summer I have no cilantro to speak of and my jalapenos look awful. My friends better watch out for their know who you are!

So here is pico de gallo, a la graham (my style)! Make sure you taste along the way so you get it just the way you want it.

Pico de Gallo- Clean Eating
Makes alot...perfect for a party!

8 medium tomatoes
1 large sweet white onion
24 roasted garlic cloves, about 1/3 cup, I buy in a jar
1 bunch green onions
1 bunch of cilantro
2 large jalapenos

Chop the tomatoes...


green onions (dark and light green parts), cilantro (not the stems) and jalapenos.
I always keep all the jalapeno seeds in but if you are worried it will be too hot eliminate some or all of the seeds, likewise, want more heat add more jalapeno.

Ahhh, and don't forget the garlic. I LOVE garlic so I put almost the entire jar in (which if my calculation is correct, would be approximately 24 roasted garlic gloves!) Feel free to use less...or much less!

Put everything in a large bowl and combine. Let it sit for an hour on the counter so the flavors mingle. Before serving, add salt and pepper (to taste) and fresh squeezed lime juice.

Now, for what I really love!
Once I have my pico made I put it in 2 containers and to half of the pico I add...
30 ounces (2 cans) of organic black beans
15 ounces (1 can) of organic corn

This is the best...loaded with black beans!

And then.... I take 2 avocados

smash them up in a bowl with a fork and add about 1 cup of Pico for the most delicious guacamole ever!

Now you have 3 fabulous salsas/dips so you better make some
homemade flour tortillas and tacos!



Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Ha, I'm with you about buying garlic in a jar!! I'm all about that! I do both actually but for this, I would NOT want to peel and press 24 cloves of garlic!

The Domestic Adventurer said...

This looks fabulously fresh and delicious. How wonderful that you can use fresh ingredients from your garden. Homemade tortillas sound great too!

Pam said...

Your dish looks delicious and the vegetables are fantastic! Lucky you to walk out to the garden and pick your own. We have way too much shade for a garden now and I really miss it.

Kim said...

It certainly is wonderful to walk out your back door and gather ingredients to cook with. A lovely feeling indeed!
I love how you spruced up your pico de gallo with corn and black beans.
Everything looks delicious. Bring on the fiesta!!

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...


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