Once the weather is hot, my taste in food seems to change, too. I don't want the comfort food and warm soups during the summer. Fresh cold soups, salads, and wraps make up most of my summertime diet.
Here's one of my favorite salsa recipes that you may enjoy. Mango Peach Salsa is a perfect accompanient to chips, but tastes superb on grilled chicken or fish. Marinate the chicken with the salsa and then add a dollop of cool fresh salsa on top of the chicken just before serving it. I even like to add this to salads instead of a lot of dressing. My girls love to add this to quesadillas made with Oaxaca cheese. The possibilities are endless.
A unique variation of the recipe is to substitute fresh strawberries for the peaches. It's sweet and delicious.
Mango Peach Salsa
2 medium mangoes, chopped
2-3 peaches, chopped
4 medium plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
jalapeno pepper to taste, chopped and seeded
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
juice of 3 key limes (squeeze them to make sure they are squishy and juicy!)
a pinch of sugar
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
salt to taste (I prefer sea salt.)
Blend the ingredients in a food processor or blender for a minute or so, until the desired consistency is achieved. I recommend about 2 minutes for a smooth consistency with finely blended pieces.
Variation: Substitute strawberries instead of peaches.
Note: While fresh ingredients are always the best, I do cheat a little on this recipe and buy peppers that are already chopped. Once, I had a terrible experience with some juice from a pepper getting into my eye and it burned for what seemed like an eternity.
Mango Peach Salsa is a crowd pleaser and can be made in minutes. It tastes even better the second day because all of the flavors have blended together.
My love of the mango came from the abundance of this delicious fruit in Mexico. It's inexpensive and can be used in so many different ways.
Many street vendors put mangoes on a stick. Sprinkle a little bit of lime juice and chile powder on the fruit and you have street food that is delicious and healthy.
Have a great day!