Spicy Mango Salad

Somewhere between a salsa and a salad, this tomato and mango mélange looks stunning spooned onto a bed of greens.  It’s also awesome as a condiment in any wrap, taco or burrito.  Or roll it into a steamed collard or cabbage leaf with a slice of avocado and a bit of cooked grain (buckwheat is particularly nice).  Or try it on toast in the morning to switch things up a bit!  In short, there’s a wealth of ways to use it to add color and taste to your meals.

Yield: 2 cups

What you need:

  • 1 ripe ataulfo mango, skinned, and flesh finely diced
  • 1 ripe tomato, finely diced
  • 1/2 a small shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fermented hot peppers (or hot sauce of choice, or less if you want less bite.  And what are fermented hot peppers?  Every year, I lacto-ferment, along with onions and garlic, all of the hot peppers that didn’t make it to maturity in the garden.  It yields a sour, spicy hot pepper pickle that works anywhere hot sauce is used – but with WAY more depth of flavor.  If you have a garden – give it a try!)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (or if you happen to have ice cider vinegar – this is the time to break it out and use that instead)
  • 2 teaspoons capers

What you do:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a non-reactive (glass, plastic or ceramic) bowl.  Refrigerate at least an hour to let all the flavors come together.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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