Rooster's Beak (pico de gallo)

Rooster's Beak (pico de gallo) by #recipe

Did you know that you were asking for rooster’s beak when you order pico de gallo at the Mexican restaurant? I didn’t. I thought I knew some Spanish, I knew gallo for rooster, but I didn’t put it together, and this came as a big surprise to me. According to Winkled, this salad is called rooster’s beak, because they use to eat with two fingers, like a pecking rooster. Too funny! This is my simple recipe for rooster’s beak. This dish is very easy and flavorful and can be served along side many different Spanish inspired dishes.


  • 3-4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped finely
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap. Let it set for at least 15 minutes in the fridge before serving.
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3 Responses to “Rooster's Beak (pico de gallo)”

  1. 1
    JD — August 31, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

    What!! I don’t think Pico de Gallo will ever be the same for me again!

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    oscontrac — December 28, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    for a spicier taste add finely chopped jalepenos

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