Sunday, May 31, 2020

Mango Salsa (Pico De Gallo)

This Mango Salsa is juicy, slightly spicy and sweet. Perfect as a dip, in tacos or as a topping for grilled recipes!

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Don't you LOVE quick and easy recipes that are delicious too? I definitely do.

This Mango salsa is all of these and more. Made from a mix of freshly chopped vegetables and minimal seasoning, this salsa or pico de gallo is SO good for summer parties and beyond.

I cannot even begin to count the number of times I have made this recipe but never been able to shoot it. 

Most of the times it is for parties and in the rush up I fail to shoot it. And once the party is over there is NO leftover for me to shoot.

Finally, when Marathon Mangos sent me a box of their Altaufo Mangos, I made the recipe once more and shot it in time for summers!




Why you'll LOVE this recipe



A super quick recipe which requires finely chopped vegetables and some spices, this mango salsa is fresh, sweet and tangy. 

Serve it with some chips, use it in tacos or over grilled vegetables. Better still, enjoy it just like that. The salsa is definitely the perfect cooling bowl you need on a hot summer day.

The combination of sweet mangos, spicy jalapeño and tangy lemon juice is SO good and the freshness from cilantro elevates the dish.

I used exactly 9 ingredients to make this one. The same dish can be made using a couple of ingredients less or more too! 

The key ingredients are mango (obviously!), jalapeño and tomatoes. The other ingredients can be used or skipped or substituted.




How to cut a mango



When it comes to mangos, these are considered the king of fruits in India. It is available in different varieties, shapes and sizes. Here in the US there are different kinds of mangos.

While they all differ in many ways, they are similar in some ways. ALL of them taste great and they pose a challenge to many about how to cut them.

The easiest way to cut mangos is to cut the cheeks on all four sides first and then scrape the flesh over the seed.


Using a paring knife score the cheeks with horizontal and vertical cuts. And then spoon out the flesh. So super easy! 

If you would like another way, try using a peeler to peel off the mango. Then go ahead and slice it. 

While this works, it may fail for thick skinned mangos. So I prefer the first method better! 




Mango Salsa do's and dont's



Start with ripe but firm mangos. Altaufo will work the best in US, Alphonso where available. They work really well in the recipe without becoming mushy.

Choose ripe tomatoes for a pop of color and flavor. And deseed them. The seeds make it mushy.

Jalapeños can be used with the seeds or without. The seeds and veins make the salsa slightly spicy. Make your pick based on how hot you like it. Habanero peppers can also be used in place of jalapeños.


Cherry tomatoes, avocado or green onions can also be added to the salsa. They work really well.

The MOST important thing here is to chop the vegetables really fine. You want to be able to scoop it onto chips or grilled vegetables. 



What to serve it with?



This salsa is best served with tortilla chips. The spicy sweet dip is so good with salted chips! 

Other than that, it is great to add to any kind of tacos. 

Plus, it is great to serve with grilled dishes like Tofu Tikka Skewers or Balsamic Grilled Vegetables.


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Ingredients


Mango 2 large cheeks (I used Altaufo)  
Red Onion 1/2 medium, finely chopped
Tomato 1 medium, deseeded and finely chopped
Green Pepper 1/2 medium, finely chopped
Jalapeño 1/2, finely chopped
Cilantro a handful
Lime 1/2
Pink Salt 1/2 tsp


Method


Using a paring knife make cuts in the mango cheeks. The cuts should make tiny squares on the surface.

Using a spoon scoop out the mango flesh from the skin.

In a bowl mix together onion, tomato, green pepper, jalapeño, cilantro and mango.

Sprinkle salt and pepper and add the juice of half a lime. 

Mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate before serving. This salsa is BEST enjoyed with chips or in tacos. 




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