Does your fruit dish ever end up looking like this?
Sometimes the week gets away from you and maybe you didn’t get around to cutting up and using up all the fruit you bought with good intentions at the beginning of the week. Some fruits are easier to use up than others like that mushy banana at the bottom of the pile which will make our smoothie extra sweet tomorrow or go in the freezer for future muffins but other fruits can be a bit harder to use up short of eating fruit for all three meals one day.
I arrived home from work the other day knowing I needed to get to cutting up and using this fruit but I was tired…and it was hard to get moving but I reminded myself I didn’t have time to sit down so I cranked up the REM (who doesn’t love some good tunes?!) got up and pretty quickly realized what I craved for dinner.
Simple grilled chicken and fruit salsa-easy, healthy and family friendly, this is an easy dinner that you can totally customize to what needs using up. Spoon it over any type of plain grilled or baked fish, chicken or sliced flank steak, scoop it up with tortilla chips or roll it up in a tortilla with your grilled meat. The fruit is easily interchangeable-use oranges, melons, peaches or even strawberries, kiwis or grapes, whatever needs using up. As for herbs, I strongly favor cilantro for a Mexican flavored salsa but again, use what you have- mint and parsley are especially good or try fennel or basil for a different flavor profile.
A super simple and super versatile fruit salsa recipe designed to use up what fruit you have on hand. Lime juice is classic but depending what you have you could use lemon or even a light wine vinegar and instead of cilantro, you can use mint, parsley, basil, fennel or any other soft herb you have handy.
- 1/4 c Red Onion, Small Dice
- 1 1/2 c Mango Or Other Firm Fruit, Small Dice Use multiple kinds of fruit if you like
- 1/2-1 Jalapeno, Very Fine Dice
- 1/4 c Cilantro, Finely Sliced (1/4 c packed)
- 1/2-1 Lime, Juiced
- 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let sit about 1/2 hr. Season to taste with salt and lime juice and serve.
Delicious served over fish or chicken, in fish tacos, over tuna poke or with tortilla chips.
*Get creative with the fruit-any combination of mango, melons, oranges, strawberries, grapes, or switch 1/2 fruit for avocado. Use up what needs using in your kitchen.