Fruity and Fresh, Zingy and Zesty...This simple salsa with a kick is really versatile - I love it with either spicy or plain grilled, griddled or barbequed chicken, pork or fish - for me it's usually Cajun-spiced chicken, which is one of my staple go-to foods when I want something quick and tasty. It's not much to look at in a bowl on its own, but adds a splash of vibrant colour served alongside grilled meat or fish with a leafy salad and some coconut rice or home-baked potato wedges.
Oh, and if I'm in a rush, or I want to avoid making my eyes water later (you know, when you rub them after chopping up chillies), I sometimes like to throw in a teaspoon of my salted chillies instead of a fresh chilli, which gives a really interesting dimension to the salsa.
It will only take a couple of minutes to make, and you can eat it straight away, or the next day (if you don't add oil or salt, the coriander won't wilt particularly either, and the peppers and onions will stay crunchy, so it will still look and taste pretty fresh if you keep it in the fridge).
This quantity serves four as a small side, for 37 calories per person.
Mango, Red Pepper and Coriander Salsa
You can add a glug of olive oil to this if you wish, and/or some fresh mint. You could also add diced avocado to the salsa if you like the idea and it works well with pineapple instead of mango too. I love it with cajun chicken or salmon, or something like a plain grilled swordfish steak, or a barbequed pork chop. This is one of my comfort foods, because it is sweet and spicy, and full of flavour and feels so healthy at the same time!
[Calories in square brackets after each ingredient - if you're not counting them, don't worry about sticking rigidly to the weights / ingredients]
- 1/2 a mango, diced small (110g) [77 calories]
- 1 large vine tomato, diced (150g) 
- 1/2 small red onion, finely diced (30g, or use 3 spring onions/scallions) 
- 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced (65g) 
- 1/2 to 1 large red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped, or 1 level tsp salted chillies 
- 1 tbsp lime juice 
- 1 large handful fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves (15g), washed and chopped 
OK... are you ready? Mix it all together, taste it, season if you want to and serve! If you're using my salted chillies then you won't need to add salt - if not, you choose!