I know what you all are thinking, really, already? Almost overnight we went from having snow on the ground to all the spring flowers in bloom. From brown lifeless trees to vibrant green leaves and grass. The bugs and critters awaking from their long winters nap. Oh wait; this is New England it did happen overnight! I look at the text messages buzzing on my phone as my sister asks what everyone is bringing to the Memorial Day cookout. What, Memorial Day already? I look at the date on my computer and realize that yes; Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer, is just a week away! The grill will be fired up with sizzling sounds of hot dogs, a rock keeps paper plates and napkins from flying away on outdoor tables. Coolers line the deck filled with water, soda and beer. Kids will grab handfuls of chips out of big colorful bowls and run off with cousins. Moms are trying to hold kids down while putting sunblock on their little bare arms.
Then, my day dreaming is suddenly interrupted by my phone still buzzing, I watch the responses everyone is sending back, how about some potato or macaroni salad my brother says, daughter says she will bring the watermelon, my son says they will make some sort of dip, mom will grab some soda and dad will pick up some hot dogs. I continue to stare at my phone and I think well sure it would be easy to just grab a couple bags of chips and a jar of salsa. It is cheap and quick, run in and run out of the store done. The most work involved would be to simply open the jar and dump it all in a bowl, tear open the chips and dump those in a bowl and viola in no more than 5 minutes time you have some quick munchies. Well, to anyone who knows me, that is just not going to happen. This is just unacceptable to me. There will be no jarred salsa.
I grab my phone and send back a text saying that I will make a mango salsa and I will pick up a few bags of chips. Is there more work involved than simply grabbing a boring jar of salsa off the shelf, well yes but, I can guarantee you that it is not only beautiful to look at with bright vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables, but is exploding with flavor that will make your palate dance. There are diced red peppers, chopped fresh herbs, smoothness of avocado, a variety of colorful cherry tomatoes, chunks of mango for sweetness, onions for a bite, Lime and lemon for a bit of acid to balance it all out. No $3.99 jar of red lifeless sloppy salsa can compare. If you decide to go the boring route, make sure you save the jar because you will be putting it all back to take home. There will be no leftovers to take home with the mango salsa.
Time: ½ hour of chopping and mixing
Yields: One giant bowl, you can add or decrease as much or as little as you want of each ingredient.
Throw all ingredients in a bowl mix and put in the frig for an hour or so to marinate. Then give it a good stir again right before serving.
P.S. Of course I can’t make just a salsa. I also had to add in my husband’s favorite treat – chocolate covered pretzel date bites. It just wouldn’t be right without some sort of chocolate something. Recipe posted soon