Pico de Gallo

3. Add the juice of two limes, being careful to capture any straggling seeds; the zesty taste from the limes enlivens every component and unifies the space, as it were.

4. Add a good sprinkle of salt, give everything a good swirl, and then taste to make sure everything is perfect. Remember, you're the chef, so follow your palate.

5. If you like the taste of garlic, add it to the mixture and let its strong flavor meld with the other ingredients.

6. Carefully pour the pico de gallo into a large glass jar, cover it with a lid, and refrigerate for at least an hour to enable the flavors to meld together.

Changes & Advice

Pico de gallo is beautiful in its simplicity, but don't be afraid to add your own twist to it. For a variation, some people prefer to add sliced mango, avocado, or even sweet corn. If you are serving finicky eaters, set aside a piece without onions or jalapeños so that everyone may eat it cheerfully. Recall that the tastes of the pico de gallo will intensify the longer it rests; if you have leftovers, they're a great treat the following day. Not only does preserving the pico de gallo in a glass jar look good, but it also keeps it fresh. In the refrigerator, this salsa will valiantly preserve its flavors for up to five days—just make sure the container is closed.