Archive of ‘Condiment’ category

Strawberry Pico de Gallo with Baked Tortilla Chips

Add strawberries to traditional pico de gallo for a sweet summer salsa. Paired with baked tortilla chips, this is a healthy, low-calorie swap for traditional chips and dip!

Strawberry Pico de Gallo Salsa | | Add strawberries to traditional Mexican pico de gallo for a sweet and spicy combo!

Fresh pico de gallo is one of my favorite condiments in the world. I realize that is a bold statement, but I love eating it with chips, adding it to salads, spreading it across my scrambled eggs, and nestling it inside a soft taco shell. It is easy to make at home and in the summer when my tomato plants are producing like crazy, I have a bowl of pico de gallo in my refrigerator waiting to be eaten at any given moment. It makes a great snack because it is low in calories and made 100% from fresh ingredients. 


Summertime Mango Salsa

This recipe for mango salsa has me dreaming of summer! It’s great on it’s own or as a topping for fish!

Mango and Avocado Salsa is a great topping for fish | Cucina Kristina |

We are experiencing the 4th snowiest and 3rd coldest winter in Chicago ever. Ever! It’s likely that this is the worst we’ll see for a long time, but if next winter rolls around and tries to compete for any slot in the top 10 “worst winters,” I’m moving. My husband can come with me if he wants to, but if he opts to stay here, I’ll book a visiting flight for June. I simply cannot take anymore winters like this one! When I woke up this morning and looked out the window to see that it was snowing, this was my EXACT reaction.


Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

I love making things from scratch because you can adjust flavors and seasonings to fit your liking. It is also significantly less expensive to keep ingredients on hand and make small servings rather than buying large quantities of pre-made foods that expire before you can finish them. One of my favorite midday, low-carb, high-protein snacks is shrimp with cocktail sauce. It takes seconds to make and is super low in calories.

Cocktail sauce only contains 3 ingredients:

  1. Ketchup – most of us probably always have on hand.
  2. Fresh horseradish – My grocery store sells this in the Polish “ethnic” section for $3
  3. Lemon juice – Do your mouth a favor and ALWAYS use fresh lemon juice.

Below are the quantities I usually use. If you like it sweeter, add more ketchup. If you like it spicier, add more horseradish. Either way, you will find it enormously better than jarred cocktail sauce. Enjoy!

Cucina Kristina: Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Try it at your next dinner party. People will love it!

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh prepared horseradish
  • juice of 1/2 small lemon


Combine ketchup and horseradish in a small bowl. When thoroughly mixed, squeeze in fresh lemon juice. Taste. Adjust to your liking.

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