Friday, June 8, 2012

Gluten Free Friday ~ Mango - Radish Salsa

 Each week as I walk into Whole Foods for the usual four to six items that I can't really get anywhere else {or maybe for a lunch date with a friend}, I'm greeted by a display of ice packed containers of fresh guacamole and mango salsa.  I've caved to the in-house made guac a time or two.  Who can resist when there sits an open container for free samples and tortilla chips offered nearby?  But I've never let myself purchase the intriguing and highly appealing, beautifully bright orange mango salsa. {never seen a free sample of it either}

It happened again last week.  The display called out to me to purchase these pre-made goodies, but I walked on by.  I gathered the items on my short list ~ rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and coconut oil ~ and headed to the next store in my weekly shopping routine. As the bagger was loading up my cart to leave, she stuck the weekly store coupon magazine into one of the bags. Once home, I decided to take a quick flip through the magazine before tossing it into the recycle bin when I noticed a recipe guessed salsa.  And not only mango salsa, but mango salsa with radishes!  Radishes!?  I never know what to do with the radishes that I get in my farm share at the beginning of every season! {except toss them into green salads}
I decided to give the recipe a try on Sunday evening when Robert had a group of men from church over for a cookout and meeting.  They each brought something to grill, and I was provided the sides, so I thought this might be a nice dip for chips and crackers as well as a sweet garnish for whatever meat they chose to grill.  It was a bit stressful, because I was still dicing veggies when the first few guests arrived, and I had hoped to have everything ready to go.  Thankfully, all of the other sides were ready, so I just kept chopping.   That's the thing with this recipe.  Chopping.  Dicing.  Finely dicing.  It's tedious, but the end result is worth it!

 One way I know it was worth it, was that my friend Jenny, one of the men's wives, sent me a Facebook message this week asking for the recipe.  Her husband had enjoyed the "mango and corn" salsa that I made.  We both got a chuckle over the fact that it contained no corn, but now that I think about it, corn wouldn't be a bad addition to this recipe!

It's also kid approved ~ my own were gobbling it up!  I think we had about 1/4 cup leftover the next day, and the kids finished it off with their lunch.

Except for the mangoes and limes, we get ALL of these ingredients in our weekly farm co-op share.  Looking forward to making a few more refreshing batches of this over the summer!

Mango - Radish Salsa

1 cup mango, peeled, pitted, and finely diced.
1 cup radishes, finely diced
1 cup English cucumbers, finely diced {I used a regular cuc, and cut the seeds out}
1/4 cup red onion
1/2 small jalepeño , seeded, membranes removed, and finely diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice {I used the juice of one lime}
1/4 tsp salt

and corn, if you like!

In a medium sized bowl combine mango, radishes, cucumber, onion, jalepeño and cilantro. Toss gently to mix. Sprinkle salt and lime juice over and toss again to coat.  Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve later.

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