mango.berry & avocado.cuc salsa

Fresh. Sweet. Crunchy. Summery. Fully loaded with flavour.  There are many words to describe this little number that I could go on forever.  It turned out so amazing, because it has several wonderful ingredients that compliment one another so nicely.

The inspiration for this recipe really came from the simple fact that every time I walk into our local veggie/fruit market, the pile of ripe mangoes are right in the doorway, staring directly at me, totally screamin’ pick me.  It’s really funny, because I think each time I stroll through that doorway, I actually do stop…give one of ‘em a squeeze, but end up setting them back down and continue on my merry way into the shop.  Reason being…I LOVE mango…but to be honest I don’t eat loads of fruit, so this salsa is a real treat.

So good in fact, that you can eat it on it’s own.  That’s what ‘the duster’ did!  It could also serve well as a yummy condiment to pretty much anything.  We are absolute guacamole fans, so we plop that on just about everything we make on a daily basis.  The beauty of this salsa is that it offers a nice change from our usual.  A perfect match for grilled fish, pork or on eggs (like I had this morning)!  Why not even throw some on top of a bed of greens and grilled chicken and call it a day?!?  The options here are really endless.  Do you have a bbq to attend this weekend?  Are you hosting Father’s day brunch?  Family gathering?  Regardless…give it a go!!!

P.S.  The strawberries were a last minute addition to this recipe, but I just couldn’t resist because they are local now (Ontario grown) and super scrumptious.

Makes a large serving.

mango.berry & avocado.cuc salsa
Recipe Type: side, condiment
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: many
Ingredients
  • 2-3 ripe mangoes – cubed
  • 1/2 pint of fresh strawberries – cubed
  • 4 mini cucumbers – cubed
  • 3-4 ripe avocados – cubed
  • 1/3 large red onion – finely diced
  • 1 orange pepper – cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 1 lemon – juice freshly squeezed (can add in some zest if you wish as well)
  • 1 lime – juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 small navel orange – juice freshly squeezed (optional)
  • lots of fresh cilantro – chopped
  • sea salt and ground pepper – to taste
  • fresh ginger – grated (optional)
  • splash of olive oil
Instructions
  1. take all ingredients from the list that need cubed and chop them into fairly small bits.
  2. put them in a medium sized bowl and mix together.
  3. next, add in the garlic, grated ginger, freshly squeezed lemon/lime and orange juice and a splash of olive oil.
  4. lastly, add in lots of freshly chopped cilantro and sprinkle with sea salt and ground pepper.
  5. stir all ingredients together and allow to cool in fridge before serving.
  6. enjoy!
Notes

• I made this salsa yesterday…and then let the flavours meld together in the fridge overnight! It is even tastier the next day!!!

hot n’ spicy salsa

To market, to market to buy a… load of veggies to whip up some hot n’ spicy salsa.  Mmmmmmm…adds a nice little zing to your paleo dishes.  <Beware…this recipe is highly fresh and super addictive. >  What a gorgeous day it was today!  I hope many of you got out to enjoy the sunshine, in some way, shape or form.  It was one of those days that you really just didn’t want to end…oh and the dose of vitamin D that I desperately needed.  Up until now, I hadn’t made this recipe before.  Prior to this, (for a treat) we used to just get the pre-made salsa from a jar or a container.  I thought to myself, why do we keep buying that ?  I realized I could easily make a version of my own, that is just as flavourful and way more fresh.  It’s also totally Paleo, which is exciting and has no preservatives additives or loads of sodium to boot!

So off to a local produce market (walking distance … just down the street, which is super convenient) I went.  When I got there, I was super excited to see that they had Ontario tomatoes in stock…and they looked and smelled amazing.  JACKPOT!  Literally, on the spot I picked out and threw various veggies into my basket that I thought would meld nicely into the mix for creating this homemade salsa.  Then off to pay for my goods I went.  My husband and I have been going to this little market for awhile now.  It is so nice when they know you as a “regular”.  I love supporting small local businesses like this.  It is also so terrific there (huge turnover), because their produce is always so fresh.  I really enjoy taking the time on the weekends to go around exploring and checking out different local farmer’s markets. We are so fortunate to live in a city that has access to all these wonderful resources.  Take advantage!!!  If you are not from Toronto, do a little research and check out some of the nearest farmer’s markets in your area.  It is the perfect time of year to do so!  Bring on summer…

hot n’ spicy salsa
Recipe Type: condiment, snack
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: many
Ingredients
  • 6 large vine ripe tomatoes- chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 large white onion- finely diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic- crushed
  • 3 mini-cucumbers- finely diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper- finely chopped
  • lemon/lime juice- freshly squeezed (I used 2 limes)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper- finely diced
  • 1 hot pepper- finely diced
  • fresh cilanto- chop and add depending on taste, then use to garnish as well
  • fresh ground black pepper and sea salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. wash all the veggies thoroughly and chop all ingreadients finely (depending on how “chunky” you want it)
  2. mix everything and combine in a bowl
  3. grab some veggies to dip or use as a side or a spread/topping on your favourite meat
  4. enjoy!
Notes

If you don’t like things hot n’ spicy, then you can omit the jalapeno and hot peppers. Regardless, this condiment dish is super light and fresh tasting. Perfect for bbq season or a summertime party. Make sure you allow for a few hours (overnight even better), for this salsa to set in the fridge. This allows all the flavours to combine with one another.

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