By Allison Frahn

Some of the best Mexican restaurants likely get their good reputation from the freshness of their ingredients and the authenticity of their Pico de Gallo. I have been to many restaurants and there is no question about whether the ingredients are fresh or not – especially with this staple dish.

Pico de Gallo is similar to a very fresh salsa and can be served in various ways, such as an appetizer with chips, a side dish, or even an accompaniment as a topping. In sticking with the freshness of this ingredient, we are going to put it right inside an avocado which is basically a deconstructed guacamole. Enjoy!


• 2 large ripe avocados
• 3 medium tomatoes
• 1 medium onion
• 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
• 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely minced (optional)
• Juice from 1 lime
• 3/4 tsp salt, or to taste
• 1/8 tsp black pepper


• Slice the avocados in half and remove the pit. Set aside.

• Chop and dice the tomatoes and onion and place into a large bowl.

• Add the minced jalapeno pepper and chopped cilantro into the bowl with the tomato mixture.

• Squeeze the lime over the bowl to get out all the juice. Add salt and pepper and stir to combine.

• The key to a traditional Pico de Gallo is in letting it rest. So, cover the bowl and let it refrigerate for a full day (yes, this means you will have to prepare in advance but it’s so worth it). Enjoy!


Bulk up and/or change the flavor profile by adding in some fresh veggies, fruits, or proteins:
• Veggies: bell pepper, cucumber, corn, etc.
• Fruit: peach, pineapple, mango, watermelon, etc.
• Protein: black beans, chopped chicken, etc.


• Serve with your favorite chips (homemade pita chips are delicious with this)
• Top a baked potato or mix it into rice
• Top a grilled turkey burger, chicken, steak, or fish


(Per serving; recipe serves 4)
190 calories, 3g protein, 11g carbohydrates (9g fiber), 15g fat

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Allison is a five-time IFBB Figure Olympian who has a passion for healthy, yet delicious cooking. Allison owns Alli’s Slim Pickins, Inc., a healthy food and recipe-based company. She is excited to share her years of experience with you and provide healthy recipes that proclaim her slogan: 100% Taste & 0% Guilt.

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