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I have to admit I can’t WAIT for spring. And summer. And fresh and colorful everything. I would like to stroll though a Farmers Market right about now. (What is all the fussing about? It snowed in Colorado today after the forecast person said mid 60’s and sunny! How on earth do these people keep their jobs!)
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With that said I rebelled and went out and bought a bunch of fresh strawberries and a large bag of frozen Mango’s from Trader Joe’s. (I am crazy about that place.) The frozen mango’s were delicious!

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I made up some Strawberry Mango Salsa and ate the whole thing for dinner tonight.

Delicious and so easy.

You may find as I did that my attitude improved greatly.

Spring is indeed promised but for now I will just pretend!

Enjoy!

Strawberry Mango Salsa with Red Onion and Lime

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup diced strawberries

3/4 cup diced mango

1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

2 tablespoons diced red onion

4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

2 teaspoons honey, or more to taste

Juice of 2 limes

Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, combine strawberries, mango, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, honey and lime juice. Excellent served with grilled chicken or fish.

 

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This delicious mango salsa should be eaten with a spoon.

It has been warm here in Colorado this week and all I want to do is dance…no really…grill. Seriously grill.

Margarita Chicken and Mango Salsa…a winning combination. I have been making these recipes for years and everyone always asks for the recipe. The Cucumber adds a nice crunch. If I have avocados on hand I will often add them too. I always use a spicier hot pepper such as serranos or habaneros because we like things spicy around our house.

Happy Weekend grilling friends. Let me know what you think of this one!

Mango Salsa

1 medium red onion

1 medium tomato chopped

2 tsp salt

2 firm mangoes

1 orange bell pepper

1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumber

4  jalapeños

2 tbs finely chopped cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

Juice of 1 orange

1 tsp cumin

Preparation:

Dice onion very finely and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of salt, let rest for about 10 minutes
Peel mango and dice into small pieces
Dice bell pepper and cucumber very finely
Dice jalapeños very finely.
Mix the lime, orange juice, cilantro and cumin together
Mix all the ingredients together and serve.

 

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Wash 6 large chicken breasts de-boned and skin free cut in half length wise.

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Add one package of powder taco mix to bag

Slice and squeeze 3 large limes into bag.

Add two tablespoons olive oil to bag.

Add chicken to bag and marinate overnight or at least several hours.

Remove chicken and place on hot grill until cooked though (15 minutes or so).

Make fresh marinade and bring to boil. Add 1/2cup honey…cook for 7 minutes on low boil…or until thick and bubbly. Place chicken on platter. Pour marinade over top of chicken and serve with fresh cilantro as a garnish.

 

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