Initially, when I learned that I had a profound nightshade intolerance, I tried to create nightshade substitutes that looked, smelled and tasted as close to the foods I could no longer eat as possible. Two years on, I have learned that a wiser approach is to explore foods I never tried before and to celebrate the foods I can eat. I have been making mango salsa for a while now, however, the addition of crisp pieces of pear from our garden tree turned out to be totally inspired.
- 1 red or 2 yellow mangoes chopped
- 3 pears that are just starting to ripen chopped to half the size of the mango pieces
- 2 tablespoons of red onion chopped fine
- 1/4 cup chopped greens of spring onion (I cut from the ends of an entire bunch with my kitchen scissor)
- 1 tbsp dried mint (I dry my own but we have organic peppermint at The Pantry).
- 1 tsp dried parsley (Using fine dried herbs helps to distribute the flavour more evenly. A lot of people use cilantro in their salsas. I just have never been a fan but it can be used in place of the parsley.)
- 1 tsp course sea salt or rock salt
- coarse ground black pepper which delivers flavour contrast to the sweet fresh flavours of the fruit. I like to freshly grind some into my dishes but we have organic coarse pepper at The Pantry.
- approximately 1/4 cup fine virgin olive oil. Allessia is one of my favourites.
- approximately 1/4 cup lime juice
I like to make this the day before so the flavours have time to meld. I serve sour cream on the side. You can add dill weed, parsley and basil to your sour cream. This is not only a great topping for taco chips but also is a perfect side to grilled porkchops. Season your meat with dried mint, basil, sea salt and black pepper a few hours before grilling for extra juicy results!