Pico de gallo is used to describe a wide variety of Mexican regional salsas, which are always made with fresh cubed fruit and/or vegetables. The most common version is made with any red tomato, white onion and green chiles and is sometimes called “salsa mexicana” or “salsa bandera,” because the colors in the salsa represent the Mexican flag.
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 serrano chiles*, seeded and minced
Pinch kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
*The serrano chile is a fresh, small, green chile. Traditionally used in salsas it is slightly hotter than a jalapeno chile and can be found at most supermarkets, Latin specialty markets or online.
Recipe courtesy Marcela Valladolid, 2009