Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mango Salsa

June 2009 206 Now is the time for all good women to come to the aid of their waistlines – and hips and thighs too actually. Alright, enough of the rich cakes, creamy risottos, greasy ribs and ice cream too. I’m trying to go light – at least for a couple of days. In my feeble and short attempt to rein in the fat and calories, (while still self-sabotaging with the leftover pita chips from the weekend) I made a mango salsa and steamed halibut for dinner.  The mild halibut was the perfect foil for the flavorful salsa – laden with mango, cilantro and jalapeno.  The salsa is also great on other types of fish, chicken or even pork chops. Or have some before dinner with tortilla chips and drinks. Whoops, I pledge allegiance to the bathing suit that I will stay away from tortilla chips and drinks, especially those gin and tonics.

The fish is a snap – hardly a recipe involved. Just sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of a piece of skinned and boned halibut and steam it. It took less than five minutes to cook.

The key to the salsa is making sure you’ve got a ripe one. Otherwise, you’ll be puckering more than a carnival kissing-booth sweetie. Most of the time, I can’t find a really ripe mango in the store. I buy the one that has the reddest exterior, and leave it on the kitchen counter for a few days, until it’s not so hard anymore. By then, it should feel the way an avocado does when it’s ripe – not mushy, but you should be able push down into the flesh a little with your thumb.

Mango Salsa

1 mango

2 scallions, sliced

1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced

1/2 red bell pepper, minced

2 T. minced cilantro

juice of 1 lime

dash of salt

Here’s the mango salsa over steamed halibut:June 2009 380

And here it is over day-old grilled chicken. Leftovers never tasted so good.

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19 comments:

zoe said...

Refreshing and light! Love this kind of salsa.

Christelle said...

Looks beautiful and I LOVE the assossiation with grilled chicken! :)

finsmom said...

This would really compliment a summer BBQ! I love how you used mangoes here - they are my fav!

LC said...

Love mango salsa. We make a similar one with the addition red onion. It goes really well with grilled salmon.

Adding you to my blogroll.

Stacey Snacks said...

LINDA!
I made shrimp w/ mango salsa last night, and was going to post it, but decided the clafoutis would go on first!
Great minds think alike!
I love this fresh summer salsa, don't you?

Debbie said...

Looks delicious and so colorful. Makes me want to grab my fork and dig in!

lisaiscooking said...

I do love mango salsa with halibut, and yours looks delicious, but don't take away the cakes!;)

Marta said...

Lovely light recipe! I think mango and fish go together very well. One of the most memorable fish experiences I've had was a tuna steak with a mango-mint salsa... I'm telling you, out of this world!

♥peachkins♥ said...

You can't go wrong with mango salsa..love the colors of this dish!

Scintilla @ Bell'Avventura said...

I'd eat that salsa on its own. Looks delish. I put mango slivers in a green salad too to liven it up.

janeclaireskitchen said...

Hi - love the mango salsa - makes me feel very summery and I think mango will go on my shopping list tonight! Have linked your blog on my site [http://janeclaireskitchen.blogspot.com/] too - look forward to more tastebud tingling recipes!!

Jane-Claire

Proud Italian Cook said...

This is light eating with tons of flavor! Mango's are all over the place, I have to try this. I made fish taco's last night with blackened tilapia,and a corn and black bean salsa. I'm on a lighten up kick too!!

the epicurean's market said...

Thanks for posting this. Looks delish!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mmmhhh, what a delicious looking salsa! Very refreshing and colorful!

Cheers,

Rosa

LaDue & Crew said...

Looks so delish- love the colors!! Sounds similar to one I make with pomegranate: http://laduecrew.blogspot.com/2009/01/welcome-2009-lasciati-andare-in-cucina.html

Leah said...

I found Ciao Chow on StumbleUpon, and this is my new favorite food blog!!

I spent about two hours getting hungrier and hungrier as I read the archives.

Lori Lynn said...

Looks very fresh and tasty. Like the balance of sweet with hot pepper.
LL

Jamie said...

This salsa looks amazing and I'll bet it is perfect with broiled fish! But could I replace the mangos with peaches? I know mango is the whole point, but....

And do we really have to slow down on the fattening goodies for a few days?

Susan @ SGCC said...

Love this! Fruit salsas are the best s time of year. I have some mangoes from our tree ripening on the counter and waiting to become your lovely salsa!