More Latin Tastes from The Healthy Apple
Here’s a sweet spin on your classic savory salsa recipe. We’ve invited a bit of sweetness from fresh mango and cilantro—two flavors that will surely please your palate and have your kids’ taste buds yearning for more.
There are endless ways you can serve this salsa. Try serving it as a topping for your morning omelet or scrambled eggs. Spice up your lunchtime salad by saying adios to processed salad dressing and tossing a few spoonfuls of this salsa on top instead. Making tacos or fajitas for dinner? Serve a side of this salsa for a sweet taste that pairs perfectly with fish tacos, bean burritos and chicken fajitas.
Now that you’ve got your meals covered for the day—why not branch out and pair this salsa with your morning and afternoon snacks, as well? Try munching on a few slices of organic turkey breast wrapped around avocado and salsa; crudités with salsa and hummus; a can of tuna with plain Greek yogurt and salsa; rice cakes topped with goat cheese and salsa; whole grain crackers with a slice of low fat cheese and salsa; a cup of cottage cheese with chia seeds, salsa and diced avocado. Or you can get a bit more creative and serve a bowl of cooked quinoa with honey, plain yogurt, salsa and coconut flakes for a sweet ending to your day.
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Mangos, known as the “king of fruits,” are rich in pre-biotic dietary fibers and contain a vast array of vitamins and minerals (Vitamins A, B-6, C and potassium). We added bell pepper because they’re packed with Vitamins A, B, C and folate. They’re also low in calories and filled with healthy fiber and antioxidants. What’s a salsa recipe without jalapenos? We’ve tossed in these peppers for a spicy kick and health benefits- they are known to relieve congestion from allergies and colds, fight headaches. Jalapeño’s are also filled with vitamin A and C. Some people like to add scallions to their salsa but we opted for red onions instead. Red onions are low in calories and contain a dose of Vitamin C, B6 and quercetin, a natural antioxidant that helps prevents colds. If you don’t have any lemon juice on hand, you can substitute lime juice; however, freshly squeezed lemon juice is good for digestion, filled with Vitamin C and has been known to be a relaxing agent that helps relieve stress.
This recipe is simple to make—it can be done in under 10 minutes and doesn’t involve turning on the stove or oven so you can feel good about having the kids lend a helping hand to create this salsa with you. Having a dinner party? Why not serve this salsa on thinly sliced cucumbers or inside endive leaves filled with chopped chicken breast. You can even lay out a tray of colorful veggie chips such as sweet potato and beet alongside this salsa for a beautiful display and fun appetizer.
Go ahead and create this fun salsa recipe with your kids—they’ll love munching on the sweet mango as they help out in the kitchen. If the jalapeno is too strong for the little one’s palates, you can leave it out and toss in a sprinkle of chili powder instead. Just because Labor Day is over doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your favorite fruity summer foods- this dish will be great for back to school snacks as well as a side dish for your Thanksgiving turkey with cranberry sauce.
SWEET MANGO SALSA
Note: this recipe is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free
1 large ripe mango, finely diced
12 grape tomatoes, halved
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 small Jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 small red onion, finely diced
2 TSP fresh lemon juice
¼ TSP sea salt
¼ TSP freshly ground white pepper
2 TBSP Barlean’s ground flax seeds
¼ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, finely chopped
• In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; gently toss to combine.
• Transfer to a serving dish. Serve with chips or crudités.
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