Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Secret to Mango Salsa

I’m going to start off with a bang here. Want to know the secret to making a successful mango salsa with intense mango flavor and crunch?


Counterintuitive, no? But it works wonders.

The idea is that you get a wonderfully ripe mango with an intense flavor profile. To make up for the lack of crunch that you’d find in a slightly less ripe mango, you add chunks of a mild-tasting apple. The apple gives the salsa a nice texture without overpowering the mango flavor that you’re going for. It also holds up overnight.

I’m brilliant, for sure.

And kind of lucky. The apple solution was the result of a half-empty fridge and not enough salsa.

Anyway, besides being great with chips, my mango salsa with apples is also a great salad dressing. I dumped it on top of greens, sliced radishes and avocados, grilled shrimp, and then sprinkled it with a little cotija cheese and a squeeze of lime.

As a side note, I don’t own a grill, so after I cooked the shrimp 90% through, I tossed them on a skewer and “grilled” them over the open flame of my gas stove. Faux grill marks were necessary for the pictures.

I’m dedicated to my art.
Or, at the very least, what I'm saying is that while I have been somewhat absent since I started working, I still think of you and your need for visual appeal. I will also be thinking of you as I drive from the Bay Area to Los Angeles tomorrow night while all of you are out getting your Cinco de Mayo on.

There is a make-food-for-blog fest waiting to happen this weekend, and it’s being sponsored by my mother and the letters Y, U and M.

Mango Salsa
Makes about 2 cups

1 1/3 cup diced ripe mango
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced mild apple
1/3 cup light packed cilantro, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
kosher salt

Mix, stir in juice, salt to taste. Adjust onion and cilantro if need be.


sara @ CaffeIna said...

You are brilliant, BB! Apple in the mango salsa. I love it! And you are also pretty resourceful, which is what they say about me. So I like it double! Have fun in LA! We need to meet after my semester is over!

cookingwithchrissy said...

Gorgeous colors! Such a great summery dish :)

Tiffany said...

You are brilliant! LOL... I love it! And I love this salsa! Great job! :D

Lizzy said...

Oooh, I adore mango salsa! Love your trick for some crunch...what a wonderful idea!

Joy said...

I love love mango salsa. That looks great

Megan said...

Me encanta lo que escribes. Feliz cinco de mayo. Que te diviertes y comes parte de esa salsita riquisima para mi. Me encanta el uso de manzana. Por favor... toma una copita de tequila para mi.

Stephanie said...

Tricky, tricky! But impressive, nonetheless! I love mango salsa, but I hate peeling and chopping my own mangos. Therefore, it never makes an apperance in my house. Boo.

baking.serendipity said...

Amazing! This sounds so, so good :) This will make the perfect summer appetizer for nights on the patio.

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

This looks and sounds amazing! I just wish I had a big bowl of it right now. :)

Sandra said...

A crunchy slightly bland apple makes perfect since, and yes you are brilliant. Please keep sharing.

kita said...

Love it! Some of my best recipes come from the leftover combos I come up with from my fridge. Thanks for the tip. And using the gas cook top for the open flame feeling - priceless. :)

Kim said...

Apple? Really? OK, I'll try that... over a grilled salmon. :-)

Like your faux grill skills, too!


Legally Married said...

Yum! That sounds perfect. It makes me want to make some mango salsa again (I got turned off it recently when I used a too-ripe mango).

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