Is it a salsa? ………. or a relish?………. or a salad?
Funny you should ask! I use this delicious combination of fresh fruit, veggies and herbs as all three – a colorful, flavorful salsa, a unique, vibrant relish and also as a delightful salad with grilled meats, poultry and seafood.
It’s quite the quintessential picture of summer, don’t you think, with the sweet mangos, crunchy jicama, lovely green cucumbers, and zesty onion and red pepper and lime. A combination of fresh cilantro, basil and mint are the crowning touch and add a delightful vibrancy. I served it as a salad for lunch today and as relish for dinner on Grilled Glazed Salmon Burgers (recipe to come). It received a thumbs-up from all the taste testers and will be back on my menu, for sure!
P.S. If you’v never tried jicama, you’re in for a treat! Common in South American cuisine, jicama is a white fleshed, root vegetable with a crunchy, refreshing texture, similar to a water chestnut. It’s slightly sweet and is delicious eaten on it’s own, with dips and hummus and in salads and salsas. Ask the produce person at your local market and they’ll be able to help you find it. WARNING: it’s a tad bit ugly but don’t be fooled by the homely exterior – you know what they say about “the book and it’s cover”!
Mango, Jicama & Cucumber Salsa/Relish/Salad
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon crushed corinader seed
1 cup diced* jicama
1 cup diced* English cucumber
1 cup diced* red bell pepper, about 1 medium pepper
½ cup diced* red onion
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablesoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1. Combine lime juice and zest, honey, cumin and coriander and sea salt; stir until well combined. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir gently; serve immediately. If preparing ahead of time store chopped ingredients separately in small zippered bags in refrigerator. Stir together just before serving. If you combine everything more than 30 minutes in advance the salsa will loose it’s vibrant color. It will still taste delicious, just won’t be as pretty.