Jicama Pico de Gallo – This regional pico de gallo is perfect to put on your tacos but can be a salad all on its own also.
Anyone who goes to culinary school will remember pico de gallo for the rest of their lives either with fondness or hatred. After many days of practicing all the different knife cuts from julienne to brunoise, you FINALLY get a chance to make an actual recipe and are super excited. After all, it’s your very first culinary school recipe. Pico de gallo is used to see if you’ve learned what you just spent days practicing – the instructor will measure your onion and tomato dices against each other as you stand by and wait in anticipation. You will remember it fondly if your knife cuts were evenly shaped the first time and then you were super proud of yourself. You will hate this recipe for the rest of your life if you were one of the students whose squares of onion and tomato were not evenly sized and shaped and the instructor made you do it over and over and over and over again until you got it right. I’m kind of neutral with pico de gallo. I think I only had to make it twice.
Needless to say, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to the intricacies of pico de gallo. So I was totally surprised when I was browsing through one of my binders of photographed recipes that I’ve been collecting for the past 20 years and came across this version of pico de gallo with no tomatoes. The recipe said it was a regional specialty . However, I was still hesitant so I went on a google search and after a little research, I did find some other jicama versions and learned that in some areas of Mexico, this is what you’ll get if you ask for pico de gallo.
So fresh and yummy…perfect on a hot summer day.
It’s delicious on its own as a salad, but I can imagine this over some fish tacos. Without even knowing about this salad, I previously posted some fish tacos here with pickled jicama – quite similar. It just shows how much fish and jicama compliment each other.
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