Easy Homemade Organic Mango Salsa
Another favorite dip of mine is fresh salsa. There are so many ways you can make your own salsa and with so many different ingredients. One of my absolute favorites is mango salsa. And of course by making your own at home, you can control what goes into your salsa and what doesn't. Not only will your tummy thank you, but your wallet will too. I regularly shop at wholefoods for mostly produce. I sometimes buy their salsa or guacamole dips and hummus, but boy is it expensive. I find that if I take some time to make my own, it's a whole lot cheaper. While organic can be a little more expensive, I find that sometimes it's not really that much more. I was skeptical about the whole organic movement, however when I started eating more organic produce, I started noticing the difference in taste. Grapes and strawberries for instance taste so much better without the pesticides. Strawberries apparently have the most pesticides sprayed on them. Trust me, try it out. You will also notice a difference in your tummy. I noticed that I didn't feel so crappy after eating more organic foods and/or foods with no preservatives and other strange ingredients that just don't belong. Salsa is much faster to make then guacamole and requires less ingredients. I often make the two together for my family or for when guests come over, and they love it. I love the fact that I am feeding people fresh healthy foods and knowing that they are enjoying my creations. So get those fresh ingredients out and have fun with it.
Mango Salsa Ingredients:
1 cup mango (you can use a real mango or organic frozen mango)
2 roma tomatoes diced
1/2 cup cucumber diced
1/4 cup sweet onion diced
3 tbsp fresh cilantro
3 tbsp lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Start with your 2 organic Roma tomatoes. Wash and dice them however you like. Just as in my guacamole recipe, I like to gut out my tomatoes and not use the juice inside. I cut off one end of the tomato and use a spoon to gut out the insides like a pumpkin. I then slice them into rings and dice them into smaller pieces. Add this to your bowl.
Step 2: Get that sweet onion out and dice up 1/4 of a cup and add it to your bowl. Now I have to say that you don't have to buy the onion as organic. There are some fruits and veggies out there that contain less pesticides because of their outer exterior. Onions are one of these veggies. The outer shell protects the inner from getting those toxins soaked in.
Step 3: Add 1/2 cup of organic cucumber diced. Add to bowl.
Step 4: Wash your fresh organic cilantro and remove the leaves from the stems. Cut the cilantro so that the pieces are not too big and not too small. I would say cut one leave into 3 pieces. Add 3 tablespoons to your bowl.
Step 5: Add some salt and pepper to taste, just a few pinches should do.
Step 6: Dice up 1 cup of mango. You can use a real mango, although they are a little difficult to cut, especially if they are hard. Mangoes are also another one of those fruits that are protected by their outer shell. However they are not fully protected. I myself found frozen organic mango to make life easier. I let it defrost for a little bit and then cut them up into smaller pieces. Add to your bowl and you're almost done.
Step 7: The last and final step is to add your 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. Cut a lime in half and cut into the inside to loosen up the juice. Add the juice to your bowl and mix all the ingredients together making one mean mango salsa treat. My favorite foods to dip in are pita breads and multi-grain pita chips. Enjoy! ;)