One of my favorite things about cooking is the way that a recipe can evoke emotions and memories from your life. Recipes can bring you back your childhood, where you had nothing else on your agenda but to spend Saturday mornings baking cookies with your mom in a 1970-style wallpapered kitchen. They can take you back to that first meal you shared with your significant other, even if it was heavy on the booze and light on the food. And they can stir up the happiness you felt during the countless holiday parties where you and your best friends shared signature dishes in celebration of the season.
Food can be so much more than just fuel.
I had a food moment last night when I decided to make a batch of mango salsa for dinner. It isn’t the making for a Lifetime movie or anything, but as I sliced the mangoes and mixed up the ingredients, I was instantly reminded of the summers of the past several years where I made this simple recipe nearly every time I could get my hands on some ripe mangoes.
One of the things I’m really excited about our move to Florida is access to fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Whereas in the past, I hit the mango salsa train hard for the few short months we had access to the fruit, I can already feel it coming back into rotation and it’s still early in the season. This is a super simple recipe as it only has 5 ingredients and it can be served over grilled fish, on top of turkey burgers or just with chips.
5-ingredient Mango Salsa
- 2 ripe mangoes
- 1/4 C red onion, chopped
- 6 grape tomatoes, chopped
- Cilantro, chopped
- Lime juice
In a medium, bowl, mix sliced mangoes (tutorial here), onion, tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice. Add a little kosher salt to bring out the juice.
Told you it was easy.
And because she’s one of my most loyal blog followers, I’d like to give a birthday shout out to my friend Trista today. Happy Birthday! I made you some mango salsa. You just have to come down to Florida to get it.
Have a great day!