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What to Serve with Pico de Gallo? 10 BEST Side Dishes

You know how we always find ourselves staring into the fridge, wondering what will pair perfectly with that fresh, zesty pico de gallo we just made? We’ve been there countless times. So, we decided to put together a list of the absolute best side dishes.

From chips to grilled veggies, we’ve got options galore. Ever tried spreading pico de gallo on a cheesy quesadilla? It’s a game-changer! We also love scooping it onto a juicy burger—mind-blowingly good.

So, let’s stop guessing and start munching. Here are our favorite side dishes that make that pico de gallo pop!

Top 10 Side Dishes for Pico de Gallo

Here are our top 10 side dishes to serve with pico de gallo:

1 – Cilantro Lime Rice

We’re obsessed with cilantro lime rice. Tangy, fresh, and packed with flavor. It’s a simple yet standout addition to any meal.

Ingredients are basic: rice, cilantro, lime juice, zest, garlic, and salt. The lime brings a zesty kick, while cilantro adds a burst of freshness.

Our tip? Use fresh lime juice for the best taste. Perfect for summer picnics or taco nights.

2 – Grilled Corn on the Cob

We love grilled corn on the cob. It’s smoky, sweet, and just the right amount of crunch. Ingredients? Corn, butter, salt, and maybe a sprinkle of chili powder for extra kick. The flavors meld beautifully.

Grill it until you see those cool char marks. Recommended: slathering it with garlic butter. It’s a summer must-have!

3 – Avocado Salad with Lime Dressing

We adore avocado salad with lime dressing. It’s creamy, zesty, and incredibly refreshing. Ingredients? Fresh avocados, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.

The lime dressing gives it a tangy twist that balances the richness of the avocados. Key tip: use ripe avocados for the best texture. We sprinkle a bit of salt and add some olive oil. Perfect side for grilling season, especially with tacos.

4 – Philly Cheesesteak Quesadilla

Next, quesadillas are our ultimate comfort food. They’re cheesy, crispy, and so satisfying.

We fill ours with cheese, chicken, and a hint of jalapeno. Add a dash of cumin for extra flavor. Use a good tortilla to get that desired crunch.

They’re versatile, making them great any time of day. Serve with extra pico de gallo for a fresh twist.

5 – Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

We are hooked on black bean and quinoa salad. This dish is protein-packed, crunchy, and so colorful.

Ingredients? Black beans, quinoa, corn, bell peppers, and avocado. Lime juice gives it a zesty finish, while cumin adds warmth.

Our tip? Chill it for an hour before serving. This salad is bright, filling, and perfect for any spread.

6 – Tacos

We’re huge taco fans. They’re quick, versatile, and always hit the spot. Our preferred ingredients? Juicy chicken, fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, onions, and a squeeze of lime.

The flavor blend can be amazing. The tangy lime with the savory chicken creates a burst of freshness. Use soft corn tortillas for the best texture. Trust us on this one.

7 – Grilled Plantains

We love grilled plantains. Smoky, sweet, and a bit caramelized. The ingredients? Plantains, olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt.

Grill them until golden brown. Add a dash of lime for a zesty twist.

Our tip? Pick ripe plantains for the best texture. This dish is simple yet full of flavor. Perfect addition to any meal!

8 – Mango Salsa

Mango salsa is a burst of tropical freshness. It’s made with juicy mangoes, red onions, cilantro, and jalapeños. We love the mix of sweet and spicy flavors.

Dice everything finely for the best texture. For a zesty punch, squeeze in some lime juice. It’s perfect for summer BBQs or as a vibrant taco topping.

9 – Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Rice

It’s zesty, spicy, and incredibly refreshing. Ingredients? Riced cauliflower, chipotle peppers, lime juice, and a sprinkle of cilantro.

We love its bright flavors. Bold chipotle heat meets tangy lime.

Perfect for tacos or burrito bowls. Pro tip: use fresh lime for the best zing. It’s a low-carb, flavor-packed side!

10 – Tortilla Chips

You know what’s awesome? Tortilla chips. They’re crispy, salty, and the ultimate companions for pico de gallo.

We love their crunch and how they scoop up every bit of that delicious salsa. The ingredients are simple: corn tortillas, oil, and salt.

For that extra zing, try a hint of lime zest. Perfect for any gathering!