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Summertime Salsa

Summertime Salsa

Summertime is all about grilling and chilling. From marinated skirt steak or fresh ahi tuna, salsas accompany my grilled meat, poultry, and seafood.

Most people think of primarily vegetable salsas. However, fruit salsas can add flair to a typically standard dish. Fruit salsas are a fusion of onion, garlic, lime juice, tomato, and typically an acidic or water based fruit (i.e. plum, pineapple, peach).

This recipe comes from the new Rocco DiSpirito cookbook “Now Eat This!” His use of the most common feasted on bird in the United States- chicken- is paired with a mouth-watering warm mango salsa

Summertime Salsa


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins or 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 small jalepeno, stemmed, seeded, and chopped finely
  • 1 medium tomato, diced finely
  • 2 large mangos, seeded with the skin removed, diced
  • Grated zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small avocado, seeded, peeled and sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with nonstick cooking spray as well as salt and pepper. Grill the chicken until it is just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a platter, and cover with foil to keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan over medium heat. When it is hot, spray the pan with cooking spray, and add the onion. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occssionally, until almost tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the jalepeno, tomato, and mango, and cook the salsa, stirring it occassionally unti it is just heated through, around 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add the lime juice and zest along with the cilantro to the salsa. Season to taste with salt, if desired. Serve the chicken with the warm salsa and avocado slices on top.


To make the meal heartier, you can add roasted baby bliss potatoes or coconut rice to nicely round out this soon-to-be summertime favorite.

Tags: American, fruit, grilling, salsa, barbecue

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