Feels like springtime…

After several sunny over 80 degree days, it really feels like spring time in Dallas. And I’ve got an array of awkward tan lines to prove it. 

But I am happily embracing spring with open arms.  What’s not to love? The return of wildflowers, tulips, fresh berries, and a true reason to eat icecream everyday.  I’ve never been much of a winter girl anyway.  Forget that whole born in Canada thing.

And with the return of spring outdoors, it’s time my kitchen follows suit. My spring meal line up has officially kicked off, starting with a meal of asian inspired coleslaw and porkchops with a mango avocado salsa.  I’m here to talk about the mango avocado salsa today.

I never really seem to venture far away from the pico de gallo or guacamole type salsa.  They seem to go with just about anything and are delicious, so fruit based salsas have never been my thing.  That was until I made this mango avocado salsa.  It is light and refreshing, and is absolutely perfect with fish, pork, chicken, or even as a salad topper. Or you can eat it all by itself like I do… it is very versatile. 

Mango Avocado Salsa

1 whole mango, chopped into tiny squares
1 avocado, chopped into tiny squares
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 Serrano pepper, chopped
1 lime, juiced
S+P to taste

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients.  Adjust seasonings to taste.  Let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour so flavors can blend. Serve as a dip or over top meat. 

I think this will be my go to salsa for 2011.  Easy to make and tastes delicious. And if you leave the pit of the avocado in with the salsa, the avocado won’t brown nearly as quickly.  The picture I took is actually from the second day, so you’ll see that the avocado has done a decent job of staying green.  The picture if also from my yard outside.  Natural light in my kitchen is almost unheard of, so please ignore the dirt in the picture. 🙂

On an unrelated note, I still am fostering Neptune.  He is the sweetest little guy. If I was in to chihuaha mixes and wanted another small dog, there is no way I would give this guy up. But, I don’t see him being much of a running partner. He is much more of a snuggler.  Please pass along the picture of him if you know anyone who likes chihuahas. He is a gem.

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