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Rooster’s Beak With Cucumbers And Fennel

Posted by terrepruitt on May 25, 2013

So I am not always a big fan of salsa.  I am not always feeling the love for tomatoes and I am NEVER feeling the love for the hot spicy of most salsa.  Most of the time I will just “wet” my chip in the salsa.  Since tomatoes aren’t something I really like I don’t usually like Pico De Gallo.  Recently I saw a pico de gallo recipe with cucumbers in it.  Yes, I know there are a lot of different types of salsa and chunky “salsas”.  You can make what people call salsa out of anything now a days, just like you can make “aioli” out of anything even though aioli is “traditional sauce made of garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and egg yolks” and salsa and pico de gallo are traditionally made with tomatoes.  This was a tomato pico de gallo but it has cucumbers in it.  I thought that would be cool.  I saved the recipe with a plan to make it later.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThen one day, the day I was detoured by that little produce store on my way home from Nia Class in San Jose, where I bought my broccoli, I bought some tomatoes too.  I was thinking I would make that pico de gallo.  I knew I had cucumber and cilantro.  Well, as sometimes happens, I didn’t get around to making it right away.  I ended up using the cucumber I had for salads.

Of course, by the time I got some cucumber and decided to make the pico de gallo my cilantro was a bag of mush.  That stuff goes fast and it was the bottom shelf so I hadn’t seen how bad off it was.  So I ended up not having cilantro.  But I had fennel.  I thought I could try a “pico de gallo” with fennel tops.  Not a traditional pico de gallo anyway because it has cucumbers in it.

Since it was not going to have any cilantro and fennel is not very strong I put in a lot of onions!  A LOT.  For me . . . too many.  I think it made it too hot.  But my husband liked it.  The original recipe can be found here.

I made it like this:

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Pico de Gallo/Salsa Fresca

2 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped

1/4 medium onion, finely chopped

4 T finely chopped cucumber

2 T fresh fennel tops

2 garlic cloves

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Squeeze of 1/2 fresh lemon

I pressed the garlic in a garlic press, then combined all the ingredients.  I let it chill for a few hours.

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My husband liked it.  But he is really easy to cook for because he likes pretty much everything.  But he said it was good.  I think the onions carried it.  I am not sure the fennel was strong enough to add that much of a flavor.  But I know it was very different than pico de gallo with cilantro.

The next day there was some left over and I added avocados to it.  I didn’t even taste it because I don’t like guacamole, but my hubby enjoyed it.

I might actually try this again with the actual fennel BULB!  I really like fennel!  And I LOVE the idea of cucumbers in pico de gallo!

***(Added June 19, 2013) According to Wiki:  “In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpiko ðe ˈɣaʎo], literally rooster’s beak), also called salsa fresca”***

What do you put in you pico de gallo?  Do you make chunky salsa?

10 Responses to “Rooster’s Beak With Cucumbers And Fennel”

  1. niachick said

    We make chunky salsa. I won’t eat the salsas I find in the store…yuck…bleccch. I like it fresh — tomatoes, onions, green pepper, garlic, cilantro, lemon juice — I love the idea of cukes (although they don’t like me). A friend of mine made gazpacho that I loved using a recipe for salsa!

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    • So you used a gazpacho recipe as salsa?

      I’ve heard a lot of people say cucumbers don’t like them. I usually question if it is gas that is the symptom of “not being liked”? 🙂 I was told that removing the seeds sometimes helps. 🙂

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  2. niachick said

    However, I’m not sure where the “Rooster’s Beak” fits in???

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  3. I like the addition of the fennel! I will have to try that!

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  4. Michele said

    Wow, what a twist on a traditional dish! Sounds like fun! I love Pico De Gallo, but also think your new way, sounds fun 🙂

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  5. My French Heaven said

    This looks so fresh and delicious! Great new twist!

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    • Ah Stéphane! It was interesting. I think it needs a little more flavor, less onion, but more flavor. I think I will try the actual bulb (fennel) next time. Maybe sliced thin — shaved!

      Thanks for checking in over here!

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