Pineapple Mango Salsa: a sweet and spicy fresh salsa that pairs perfectly with fish, chicken, or salty chips!
One of my most cherished gifts is the recipe box I received at my bridal shower over a decade ago. It is filled with hand written recipes that my friends and family thought I may enjoy. There is one from my friend for her mom’s rock candy we made together every Christmas growing up, a few of my husband’s childhood favorites from his side of the family, and a few “date night” meals. I love looking at them and thinking of each person who celebrated our marriage. Many of the recipes I LOVE and have made them dozens of times over the 13 years I have been married.
One recipe I received from one of my mom’s dear friends was for fruit salsa. Unlike most fruit salsa recipes you see floating around that are served with cinnamon chips, her recipe said that I could interchange this or that fruit, but it MUST be served with corn chips. GAME CHANGER.
There is something that is so satisfying about the fresh sweet fruit paired with the saltiness of the chip. Add in the tang from the fresh lime and the kick from the jalapeno–this is one jam packed bite of flavor.
Now before you go commenting on how corn chips are not healthy. I want to point out something to you: The ingredients in these chips are corn, oil, and salt. Now go look at crackers or pita chips….the list is MUCH longer isn’t it? Yes. So while corn chips are an occasional treat at my house, as they should be an occasional treat at everyone’s house, I would rather be snacking on a food that I recognize all the ingredients and one that is paired with a healthy dip.
Now, back to the salsa. I think I have stumbled upon the perfect combo of fruits for this salsa–diced fresh pineapple and mango. They just beckon to be paired with savory dishes. Case in point: my Black Bean Burgers with Mango Guacamole and Sweet and Salty Pineapple Chicken Lettuce Wraps. YUM!!!
Add in some fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime, a bit of diced red onion and red pepper and BAM!!! You have a fresh salsa that will make you drool. And my mom’s friend was right–it must NOT be served with plain tortilla chips or cinnamon chips–it beckons for good, old corn chips! Although, I will admit, this salsa tastes pretty dynamite on grilled chicken and fish as well.
- 1 fresh pineapple peeled and core removed
- 2 mangoes, peeled and core removed
- 1 small red onion, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeds and core removed, minced
- 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime, juiced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Dice the pineapple and mango into ½ inch chunks. Toss with the onion, jalapeno, pepper, and cilantro. Squeeze the fresh lime juice over the salsa and sprinkle with salt. Toss to combine.
- **If you are NOT serving with salty chips, you may want to increase the salt to 1 teaspoon for taste.