Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fresh and Spicy Mango Salsa

Salsa with tilapia fillets
I love creating fresh and good for you salsas. They're so tasty and they can pretty much go with anything from fish to chicken. I first created this mango salsa as an accompaniment to pork chops but now I use it for so much more. 
I was cooking some simple pan-fried chops one day and was looking for something to go with them. My first instinct was to make a sauce, but nothing really sounded appealing and I was looking for a lighter option. A lot of sauces tend to be too heavy and they can bog down a good piece of meat, taking away from the main attraction.
There are exceptions of course, but none seemed to work for what I wanted. I had some mangoes in the fridge and thought they would be perfect for a salsa! Salsas are so fresh, healthy and crisp and they're definitely a good alternative to a sauce. Using  mangoes was a great choice for the fruit because the natural sweetness came out, yet they were subtle enough to let the pork stand out.

I love how this salsa turned out. It was really easy to make and even freezes well for a later use. You can adjust the amount of jalapeno to suit your taste, but this salsa is definitely better with a little kick to it. Remember to be careful and wear gloves when cutting hot peppers though! I made the mistake of cleaning a pepper with my bare hands once and then an hour later, I wondered why my entire face was burning. If there is one bit of advice you will ever take from me and this blog, let it be to never, I repeat NEVER, touch your nose or eyes with hands that have touched a hot pepper.

Fresh and Spicy Mango Salsa

2 mangoes, peeled and diced into 1/4" pieces
1 TB finely diced red onion
Half of 1 jalapeno, finely diced (seeds and membranes removed)
1 TB lime juice
pinch of salt

1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Chill for at least half an hour.

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