1 small red onion
2 tablespoons fresh sour orange or lime juice
10 ounces ripe tomatoes
1/2 fresh habanero chile, depending on your personal attraction to the "burn"
12 or so large sprigs of cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
Very finely chop the onion with a knife (a food processor will make it into a
quickly souring mess), scoop it into a strainer and rinse under cold water.
Shake off as much water as possible, then transfer to a small bowl and stir in
the juice to "deflame" the onion's pungency. Set aside while you prepare the
Core the tomatoes, then cut them crosswise in half and squeeze out the seeds
if you want (it'll make the sauce seem less rustic). Finely dice the tomatoes
by slicing them into roughly 1/4-inch pieces, then cutting each slice into
small dice. Scoop into a bowl. Slice the radishes 1/16 inch thick, then chop
into matchsticks or small dice.
Add to the tomatoes. Carefully cut out and
discard the habanero's seed pod (wear rubber gloves if your hands are sensitive
o the piquancy of the chiles), mince the flesh into tiny bits, and add to the
tomatoes. Bunch up the cilantro sprigs, and, with a very sharp knife, slice
them 1/16 inch thick, stems and all, working from the leafy end toward the
Combine radishes, chile, and chopped cilantro with the tomato mixture, stir in
the onion and juice mixture, taste and season with salt, and it's ready to
serve in a salsa dish for spooning onto tacos, grilled fish, and the like.