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My family adores pico with blue corn chips.  It’s one of my kid’s favourite snacks and it’s usually gone before I can get a taste.  Sometimes I make a secret bowl and hide it in the back of the refrigerator just so I can have my own. Pico is the perfect spring and summer side to bring to picnics or family gatherings.  I like to experiment a bit with my pico, but I have found that there is a basic formula, and if you get that right while experimenting with the add-ins, it will always turn out delicious.

Pico Base Recipe

  • 1 TBSP fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 inch to 1 inch of a jalapeno
  • 1/4-1/2 medium mild onion finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Mix it up… taste and adjust anything based on your own preference.

Rhubarb-Strawberry

  • 1/4 cup baked rhubarb, finely chopped (Toss in 1 TBSP honey and bake at 350 on a baking sheet covered with parchment for 15 minutes)
  • 1 3/4 cups strawberries, finely chopped

Tomato, Corn and Bean

  • 1 cup tomato
  • 1/2 cup corn (look for heirloom/organic)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (properly soaked and cooked first)

Blueberry- Peach

  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries

Plain Ole Tomato

  • 2 cups tomato (I mixed it up by combining 4 different types of baby heirloom tomatoes)

Tips for Great Pico

  1. Use your taste buds… taste along the way and if something is off (like a too strong onion or a too spicy pepper) then adjust the other ingredients.  I stick pretty close to the above formula, but sometimes my tastebuds require some tweaking
  2. Use some frozen ingredients.  If you are heading to a picnic and you know it’s over an hour before you will eat, use frozen fruit for one of your mix-ins.  It will be thawed out by the time you get ready to eat and perfectly cold.
  3. Don’t be afraid!  Go wild… I have tried everything from mango, jicama, nectarine, raspberries, melon and even mint in this recipe and it has almost never been bad.  Give it a try and see what you come up with.

Have fun experimenting and let me know what you come up with!

 

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Antony Fuller

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