Classic Pico de Gallo

From Julie Van Rosendaal

2014 Sept/Oct

At its most basic, salsa is a mulch of fresh tomatoes, onion, chiles and lime juice, a combination that comes together in five minutes, by hand or blender.


  • 2-3 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
  • juice of half a lime (or to taste)
  • big pinch salt


Chop and combine everything in a bowl, or pulse it in the bowl of a food processor until it’s as coarse or smooth as you like, adjusting the salt, lime and jalapeño as needed. Makes about 3 cups.