We just got back from vacation, and I noticed the date (time seems to stop when you’re traveling). I was just amazed that it is already the last part of August! How did that happen? Then, because I like to cook seasonally, I realized there is not that much more summer left for all the summery recipes I want to try. So many recipes, so little time. I realize this is a self-imposed deadline because in reality, we can cook anything whenever we want. But there is something so satisfying about looking forward to a season, especially here in Arizona where what you are cooking is sometimes the only way to tell what season it is. Thoughts of dishes with apples, caramel, and pumpkin have started creeping into my mind, and I am looking forward to fall. But, until then, I am going to enjoy a few more summer recipes I have been wanting to try. Hence, this fruity watermelon mango salsa!
I have never made or eaten a fruit salsa before and wondered how it would taste. It is such an interesting combination of ingredients. The beautiful colors of this salsa are what attracted me to it in the first place. I figured something so pretty just had to be good. And I was right! It is very fresh tasting and a yummy combination of sweet and a tiny bit spicy. There is a lime dressing you pour over the fruit that is more like a vinaigrette (minus the oil) that gives it additional, yet subtle flavor. I don’t know how jalapeno, lime, mango, cucumber, watermelon, and onions end up tasting so good together, but they do. Just be sure to drain the watermelon and mangoes for a little while before adding them to the salsa or your dressing will become diluted. Also, don’t be afraid to add all the ingredients called for. I was tempted to leave out the pepper and garlic salt because that just sounded strange to me, but it really does work. And, if you want to try something different, serve this salsa with cinnamon and sugar pita chips. I loved the combination.
I would never want to replace my traditional salsa with fruit salsa, but I think it would make a good addition to a summer bar-b-que, along with all the others. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m thinking this would be very good on fish as well. If you like salsa and you like fruit, give this salsa a try. But you better hurry, summer is almost over. I wonder how pumpkin salsa would taste?:)
Watermelon Mango Salsa
- 1 1/2 tsp. lime zest
- 1/4 c fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 3/4 tsp. coarsely ground pepper
- 3 c seeded and diced watermelon
- 1 or 2 mangos, peeled and diced or 1 1/2 to 2 c frozen mango chunks, diced and thawed
- 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
- 1 or 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 8 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped plus more for garnish, if desired
- 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
- tortilla chips or pita chips, for serving
- Stir together the lime zest, lime juice, sugar, and 3/4 tsp pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
- After dicing the watermelon and mango, place the pieces in a colander to drain while dicing everything else.
- When the rest of the ingredients are diced, place all ingredients including the dressing in a large bowl, and gently toss to coat.
- Cover and chill the salsa until ready to serve. Add the garlic salt just before serving and stir.
- Serve with tortilla chips or cinnamon and sugar pita chips.
- Refrigerate any leftovers.
Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally found in Food Network Magazine, June 2013