Get a recipe. Get a story. Feel free to scroll down to the recipe. I'm not offended; this recipe is yummy. As in, it doesn't last 24 hours, yummy. I'm going to have some just as soon as I finish this post. Since it's mango season, we have had it several times in the past few weeks. Enjoy it for Memorial Day!
Here's how the recipe found its way into our life. My nephew, Joe, and his wife live outside of Indianapolis. He's about eight years younger than I am. It has taken us about a decade for our lives to intersect. He and his wife have four kids. We brought our four kids with us on the way to the Great Smoky Mountains. We stayed two nights on the way down and a night on the way back. On our first night, Christy and I made this salsa. And we talked. It was probably the first time we have ever really talked. It was a spark for many conversations together. Along with motherhood, our faith and fitness, her mother had just passed away, adding to the things we had in common. We got to know each other.
Our kids played well together, and then later in the night all four adults ate way too many chips and salsa while talking, getting to know each other for the first time. Let it be established that I can eat chips until I vomit. I stopped myself. Our visit was one of those sweet sweet times, almost magical, when family becomes friends. And you know what? I like Joe, Christy and fam. I like them a lot. I can't wait to visit them again. (Calling, I've already established, is terrible for me) Christy and I made fresh mango salsa. Brandon and Joe made a large hunk of grilled meat. Good times.
Warning! This salsa smells up the fridge. You better eat it fast :)
4-5 ripe plum tomatoes chopped
1 small red onion chopped
2 ripe mangoes cubed
2-3 cloves minced garlic
2-3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
juice of one lime
Chop it up, mix it up and then let the ingredients mingle together for 30 minutes in the fridge.
Sometimes the salsa needs friends. I suggest these...
The twist of lime is a bit strong; add more salsa.
Getting a plate right now! Enjoy.