Wednesday, October 31
MAKE IT: Mandarin Pineapple Salsa
Fruit salsas are a delicate balance between sweet and spicy. This combination allows you to play off traditional flavor combinations, while adding a unique spin. Most fruit salsas are a combination of two fruits which play off each other. One being partial tart and one being partial sweet. For example Peach-Mango, or my favorite Mandarin-Pineapple.
Fruit salsas are the perfect accompaniment to overly sweet desserts as a way to balance them out or a nice grilled protein as a way to jazz it up! Include a fruit salsa at your next get together or use as a topping on fajitas/burritos as a wow factor.
Full time: 10 minute prep/ 30 minute chill time.
You will need:
6 mandarins, peeled
1 bunch cilantro
15 oz. jar pineapple chunks in juice, or tidbits
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground red pepper or cayenne pepper
Let us begin:
Drain pineapple chunks reserving 1/4 cup of the juice.
Place juice in a large mixing bowl. Stir in honey, pepper and salt.
Dice pineapple into small 1/4" pieces (if using tidbits skip this step)
Dice shallot into small 1/4" pieces.
Dice Mandarins into small 1/4" pieces
Chop cilantro as fine as you can.
Fold pineapple, shallot, mandarin, and cilantro into juice mixture.
Cover tight with cling film and place in refrigerator 30 minutes to 3 days.
Transfer to serving bowl or plate as garnish, enjoy!
Great dishes for salsa include:
Grilled Lemon Pepper Salmon
Grilled Flank Steak
Glazed Grilled Ribs
Fish or Shrimp Tacos