Calling all pickle fans! Dill pickle salsa is a briny, garlicky dip that’s great for dunking tortilla chips.
Or use this “pickle de gallo” as a sandwich spread on veggie burgers or hot dogs. It’s sure to become a summertime classic!
Here’s the one thing your summer barbecues are missing: dill pickle salsa.
It’s briny, garlicky, and full of satisfying crunch!
Pickle salsa is a fun alternative to typical tomato based salsa. And it works like a dream as a sandwich topping.
You’ve got standard salsa ingredients like cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and onion. Pickle brine in the salsa mellows out the onions over time, making an almost pickled onion experience.
But of course, the true star of the show is the pickles themselves. If you’re a fan of dill pickles too, you’re going to love the hefty punch of pickle flavor.
I first heard about pickle salsa while watching an episode of Guy’s Grocery Games. A contestant with a burger restaurant said that he always included it on his sandwiches.
As a fan of pickled things, the idea intrigued me.
Around the same time I heard about a pickle company that was selling their own “pickle de gallo” in stores. However, whenever I looked for it on the shelves of my local natural grocery stores, it was nowhere to be found.
I decided the only logical thing was to create my own recipe!
After all, salsa is one of the easiest things to make. It just involves a little chopping and stirring.
And I always have the ingredients on hand – especially pickles in a variety of shapes and sizes.
I can say with certainty that I’ll be returning to this pickle salsa recipe time and again – especially in the warm weather months.
What kind of pickles should I use?
For this recipe, I recommend a garlicky Kosher-style dill pickle.
Pickles from the refrigerated section are especially nice, because they maintain their bite. However, any dill pickle will work for this recipe.
I do not recommend sweet or bread & butter pickles for this recipe.
Here are the ingredients you will need for pickle de gallo.
- Dill pickles
- Red bell pepper
- Yellow onion
- Pickled jalapeños
- Lime juice
- Pickle brine (from jar)
Step by step instructions
Here’s how to make the recipe at a glance. For complete ingredient amounts & instructions, keep scrolling to the recipe card below.
Cut the pickles, bell pepper, onion, and jalapeños into small, bite-sized pieces. Mince the garlic or use a Microplane zester. And chop the cilantro.
Put all of the chopped vegetables into a bowl. Add lime juice & pickle brine. Then stir.
It can be eaten right away.
Or put the salsa into a covered container in the refrigerator for the flavors to meld. The onion gets milder over time as it picks up the flavor of the vinegar in the brine.
Make it your own
You can make this salsa your own by varying the ingredients and amounts.
- Add chopped tomatoes
- Replace red bell pepper with yellow or orange
- Instead of yellow onion, use spring onion for a milder flavor
- Use fresh jalapeños instead of pickled (Use your best judgment on amounts depending on your proclivities for heat & your specific pepper since they vary)
- Replace cilantro with fresh dill for a more pronounced pickle quality
- Add a pinch of salt, if necessary
How to use it
Pickle de gallo is great right out of the bowl as a dip. Serve it with tortilla chips, just as you would any other pico de gallo.
It’s also a wonderful alternative to relish.
Use it as a topping on:
How long will it last?
Because of the vinegar, garlic, and salt in the brine, this pickle salsa will last around a week in the refrigerator.
Store it in a covered container in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
I do not recommend freezing it.
Pickle salsa (pickle de gallo)
- 1 cup chopped dill pickles cut small
- ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper cut small
- 2 Tablespoons chopped onion cut small
- 1 heaping Tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeno peppers or fresh
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon dill pickle brine from jar
- Pinch of salt optional
- In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the salt. Taste for salt and tanginess. (Pickles are salty already & so are tortilla chips. So I recommend tasting the salsa first to see if you need it.) Add a pinch of salt if needed or another splash of pickle brine or lime juice.
- Move to a serving bowl. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping. Or use it as a spread on hot dogs, burgers, or sausages.