Every summer I get this insatiable yearning to eat lighter foods. Independence Day, summer parties, and beach weekends are at our doorsteps, and whether it's a summer BBQ companion or weeknight scramble, this versatile side dish is one of my favorites. Healthy and easy, it's complete with cleansing cilantro, jalapeno, and tropical fruits to pack a unique, refreshing punch. You’ll leave the barbecue light and recharged instead of bloated and sluggish (while everyone asks for the recipe!).
The Ultimate Summer BBQ Salsa
1 ripe mango (here's a post on the easiest way to cut mangos)
1 orange bell pepper
1 can organic sweet corn
1 can black beans
1 handful of cilantro (more if desired)
1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
salt & pepper, to taste
Prepare: (makes about a quart)
Chop all ingredients to desired size, mix, and devour!
5 ways to showcase this salsa:
Fish Tacos: All you need is fish, taco shells, chopped cabbage, and fresh lime juice.
Salmon: Top the salsa with grilled salmon and lime juice– it's that easy.
Chips & Salsa: No directions required. Marries nicely with chopped avocado and organic corn chips (blue ones for beauty points!).
Salad: Mix with Boston Bibb lettuce and top with a simple olive oil and fresh grapefruit juice dressing for a light summer salad.
Steak: Combine jasmine rice with fresh lime juice, grill up your favorite steak (mine’s skirt steak), add salsa and you’re set!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and are able to enjoy your own creative uses for it. Feel free to share them in the comments below. - Jessica
Jessica Geier is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and the co-owner of Raw Generation Juices. Raw Generation makes it more convenient to incorporate fresh juices into a busy lifestyle without being a slave to a juicer. Jessica trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and continues to educate herself daily on what’s new in the field of nutrition. In her spare time she runs, practices hot yoga, is obsessed with the Bar Method classes, and writes for her two blogs at Raw Generation & Plenty of Thyme. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.