Couldn’t grill last night because we’ve had a couple or three days of rain and hail, so Mr. Weber’s feeling lonely. Summer is his time, not because that’s the only time you can grill but because all of the farmer’s markets are in full swing so there’s lots of interesting stuff to smack on his grates.
(Left: broiled mahi-mahi with mango salsa. Recipe: broil the fish and spoon on the salsa.)
But for me, more so than grilling season, summer is salsa season. Again, not something that only works in the summer, but something that works so much better in the summer because of all of the fresh produce to mix in there.
Salsa is a perfect example of my cooking sensibility: you can throw out measurements, forget 25% of the ingredients, swap out half of the ingredients for something else, and it still works. In fact, I find the idea of a salsa “recipe” to be a bit of an oxymoron. You don’t really have recipes, you have guidelines or rules of thumb.
F’rinstance, last night’s mango salsa can be summarized as follows: mango salsa = less tomato than normal (or none at all), some extra red pepper, and go easy on the spices. It’s not about a precise combination of set ingredients; it’s about “mostly this,” “easy on that.” You got your fruity salsas, your mostly tomato, your mostly tomatilla, your fresh and your roasted veggie versions, your pure veggie and your heavily spiced, and your with or without beans.
What was in last night’s mango salsa? I dunnoh … some mango, I seem to recall. Maybe one tomato. Some cilantro. Lime juice. I think I forgot the onion, but might add some to the leftovers. Salt. Cumin? I think I left that out. Can’t remember for sure.
From last year, everything you need to know about salsa.
What’s in your favorite salsa?