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Mango Salsa

Now is the time for all good women to come to the aid of their waistlines – and hips and thighs too actually. Alright, enough of the rich cakes, creamy risottos, greasy ribs and ice cream too. I’m trying to go light – at least for a couple of days. In my feeble and short attempt to rein in the fat and calories, (while still self-sabotaging with the leftover pita chips from the weekend) I made a mango salsa and steamed halibut for dinner.  The mild halibut was the perfect foil for the flavorful salsa – laden with mango, cilantro and jalapeno.  The salsa is also great on other types of fish, chicken or even pork chops. Or have some before dinner with tortilla chips and drinks. Whoops, I pledge allegiance to the bathing suit that I will stay away from tortilla chips and drinks, especially those gin and tonics. The fish is a snap – hardly a recipe involved. Just sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of a piece of skinned and boned halibut and steam it. It took less than five minutes to cook. The key to the salsa is making sure you’ve got a ripe one. Otherwise, you’ll be puckering more than a carnival kissing-booth sweetie. Most of the time, I can’t find a really ripe mango in the store. I buy the one that has the reddest exterior, and leave it on the kitchen counter for a few days, until it’s not so hard anymore. By then, it should feel the way an avocado does when it’s ripe – not mushy, but you should be able push down into the flesh a little with your thumb. Mango Salsa 1 mango 2 scallions, sliced 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced 1/2 red bell pepper, minced 2 T. minced cilantro juice of 1 lime dash of salt Here’s the mango salsa over steamed halibut:June 2009 380 And here it is over day-old grilled chicken. Leftovers never tasted so good. June 2009 209

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  1. Love mango salsa. We make a similar one with the addition red onion. It goes really well with grilled salmon.

    Adding you to my blogroll.

  2. LINDA!
    I made shrimp w/ mango salsa last night, and was going to post it, but decided the clafoutis would go on first!
    Great minds think alike!
    I love this fresh summer salsa, don't you?

  3. Lovely light recipe! I think mango and fish go together very well. One of the most memorable fish experiences I've had was a tuna steak with a mango-mint salsa… I'm telling you, out of this world!

  4. Hi – love the mango salsa – makes me feel very summery and I think mango will go on my shopping list tonight! Have linked your blog on my site [http://janeclaireskitchen.blogspot.com/] too – look forward to more tastebud tingling recipes!!

    Jane-Claire

  5. This is light eating with tons of flavor! Mango's are all over the place, I have to try this. I made fish taco's last night with blackened tilapia,and a corn and black bean salsa. I'm on a lighten up kick too!!

  6. I found Ciao Chow on StumbleUpon, and this is my new favorite food blog!!

    I spent about two hours getting hungrier and hungrier as I read the archives.

  7. This salsa looks amazing and I'll bet it is perfect with broiled fish! But could I replace the mangos with peaches? I know mango is the whole point, but….

    And do we really have to slow down on the fattening goodies for a few days?

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