Pico de gallo … and a giveaway!

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There’s nothing that says ‘spring cleaning‘ like raw foods. In my next post, I’ll be a reviewing a film that talks all about the benefits of eating raw foods, but until then I leave you with this pico. Oooooooohhhhhhh, pico. 🙂 This super simple, super flavorful salsa is a must make… especially since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! 😀 Before I give you the recipe though, let me tell you about this giveaway…

Do you remember my roasted carrot muffins? Do you remember my rant about how I used coconut oil for the first time in developing the recipe for those muffins? Do you remember how I said those muffins were fluffy bundles of coconut-scented goodness? Did you know that coconut oil has been linked to a number of health benefits including preventing heart disease, fostering weight loss, aiding digestion, and supporting immunity. Well, folks, I am happy to tell you that the generous folks over at Nutiva have offered to give one lucky Como Water reader a jar of their coconut oil! You have six chances to win. Leave a separate comment for each step you take below. Here are the deets:

1. Leave a comment letting me know what you would make with Nutiva coconut oil if you won the free jar.

2. Become a fan of Como Water on Facebook.

3. Follow Como Water on Twitter.

4. Tweet this giveaway.

5. Become a fan of Nutiva on Facebook.

6. Follow Nutiva on Twitter.

You have until Sunday at noon to enter. I’ll pick a winner at random and will announce the winner next week. Good luck and Happy Friday! 😀

Pico de gallo 

(Printable Recipe)


12 Roma (or your favorite) tomatoes–deseeded and diced

1 clove garlic–minced

2 jalapenos–deseeded and diced

1 small red onion–diced

juice from two limes





*Mix. Let marinade at least 1 hour before serving.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. I love pico! I could just eat it by the spoonful. 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  2. Love this, and the color pop! I have a TERRIBLE sweet tooth but this is how I like to eat!

  3. I just saw coconut oil at the grocery store… 🙂 Beautiful pico de gallo!! Have a great weekend my friend!! ~ Ramona

  4. Mmm I love fresh pico de gallo, this looks delicious! 🙂

  5. I took a step forward and did my 7 day cleanse with only raw..Can’t wait to see your post about the raw food! Your Pico de gallo look tasty!!! By the way did you watch “food matters”?
    Have a lovely weekend Tiff!!!

  6. I would make coconut pancakes.

  7. I like you on FB.

  8. Following you on Twitter.

  9. Following Nutiva on Twitter.

  10. I save blog posts of things I want t0 cook when the ingredients are in season or in my house. I need coconut oil for Smitten Kitchen’s “Double Coconut Muffins” and I want to try using coconut oil in making granola, too.

  11. I’ve never used coconut oil before so I honestly have no idea what I’d make with it!

    Your pico de gallo looks awesome by the way 🙂

  12. If I had the coconut oil, I would try it in my olive oil pound cake recipe. It would be so good! Your pico is colorful and just the sort of thing to start eating again now that it’s spring. Have a good weekend!

  13. that pico de gallo looks fantastic, so colorful and full of flavor! i’ve been wanting to use coconut oil in coconut shrimp and in brownies

  14. Your pico de gallo looks fresh and delicious. I love the stuff piled high on a tortilla chip.

  15. I’d make some awesome vegan freezer fudge with this!!

  16. I follow you on twitter (corgipants)

  17. I follow nutiva on twitter too (corgipants)

  18. Your Pico de gallo looks great.

  19. Why, I would use it in my next batch of coconut muffins! 🙂 Your Pico is stunning!

  20. Yummy Pico de gallo!
    I used to prepare some of the fish dishes in coconut oil but then I stopped buying. Now If I win I will switch it back.

  21. I think I’d steal the idea I saw up there and make double coconut muffins…. and funny enough I bought a jar of this and have it on my nightstand waiting for inspiration… which just arrived 🙂

    But I could use a second jar so please count me in!

  22. I’m following u on Twitter

  23. & on FB

  24. That pico de gallo looks so good!

    I’ve never tried coconut oil before, but I would probably try to make a vegan fudge or add it to baked goods.

  25. I liked you on facebook 🙂

  26. Following you on twitter

  27. I like Nutiva on facebook, too

  28. Following Nutiva on twitter

  29. When it comes to raw veggies, pico de gallo is probably my most favorite. I love all the southwestern flavors and the cold crunch of the onions with those tomatoes-yum! Now I am craving some of this. Enjoy the weekend!

  30. Great GA and I love pico de gallo too! Nestum, the cereal is made of rice flour, corn, whole wheat flour and fortified with vitamins and minerals!

  31. Gorgeous salad and great for a change for healthy good. I am trying out a couple of brands of virgin coconut oil and they are good I must say.

  32. This looks so fresh, simple to prepare and delicious!

  33. I absolutely love pico de gallo 🙂 Nothing is fresher and brighter tasting!

  34. This looks so refreshing and sounds great for the summer heat here. Glad to have found your blog 🙂

  35. I have heard popcorn made with coconut oil is amazing, I need to try it!

  36. Mmmm, that salsa looks so good!

    I love using coconut oil for smoothies and an eye cream!

  37. Looks and sounds tasty, fresh and healthy. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  38. I love pico de gallo! So fresh and flavorful!

    I would use the coconut oil to make some healthier muffin and cookie recipes!

  39. Looks so colorful and perfect for summer pico de gallo…..

  40. I adore pico de gallo and it’s best when it’s homemade!

  41. I’ve never heard of pico de gallo, it looks fab. Sounds like something I’d really enjoy with a BBQ!

  42. I would love to use this to make cupcakes!! 🙂

  43. I like you on FB!

  44. I follow you on twitter

  45. I tweeted!

  46. I like Nutiva on FB

  47. Your pico de gallo looks perfect, Tiffany!!! I just adore it! I already have a stash of coconut oil, so I won’t enter your giveaway…but some lucky fan will be delighted with your gift!

  48. I love a good pico de gallo and yours sounds great! Hope you’re having a great week!

  49. I’m so spoiled. I pretty much ONLY use coconut oil in my cooking now. We need to figure out how to make it ourselves…our trees are lousy with coconuts. If you tell me how to make it, I’ll send you some bottles. Deal? 😉

    Awesome giveaway and equally awesome pico! Perfect for afternoon patio-snackage!

  50. This pico looks so fresh and lively…wonderful stuff!

  51. Thanks for the comments everyone! 😀