Monday, May 7

You Can Make a Lot of Salsa with a Case of Mangoes

If you’re familiar with my blog, then you know I love farmers’ markets. A week without a trip to the farmers' market is like a week without the sun: it makes me grumpy. I can’t remember the last time I bought produce in a regular grocery store. Sure, I go to the supermarket for eggs, milk, and cereal, but fruits and vegetables come from the farmers. So, what I did other day, shocked me. I tell myself it a was just a transgression.

I was at Costco stocking up on bottled water, protein powder, and toilet paper (why two people need 36 rolls of Northern toilet tissue, I’ll never know). On my way to the protein powder, I passed pineapples, tall, fragrant, ripe pineapples each topped with a crown fit for a king. They had no brown spots, no fuzzy fur on the bottoms—they were perfect. Better yet, they were only $2.99 each. I couldn’t believe it! I put two in my carriage and buried them under the toilet paper.

Not 20 feet later on my way to the water, I passed a mountain of mangoes, whose green and yellow skins were taut and unblemished. Having just paid $1.75 each for some (which weren’t even good), I stopped to check the price -- $8 for a whole case! I debated whether or not to buy them. What would we do with a whole case of mangoes? Would they be sweet? What if they all ripened at the same time? Then I heard my father’s voice in my head saying, “Buy them! They won’t go to waste." “But Dad, it’s only the two of us.” “Just buy them!” the voice echoed. After scanning left and right, I picked up a case and placed it in the carriage. What did I think? That the Farm Bureau was watching me on the surveillance camera? Feeling guilty, I wondered if the toilet paper could cover these too.

When Jeff came home from work that night, he saw the behemoth bowl of mangoes and pineapples on the counter and asked, "Costco?" "Costco," I replied.

That night we enjoyed a pineapple-mango salsa on swordfish for Jeff and tofu for me. Fruit salsas are a staple in our house because they're light, healthy, and versatile. This salsa is sweet, spicy, and tangy and tastes even better when allowed to rest at room temperature before serving. Also, the rich golden yellow of both fruits seemed just right to submit to Barbara's A Taste of Yellow event at the famed Winos and Foodies. In addition to raising awareness of cancer, Barbara's event has been approved by the Lance Armstrong Foundation as an official LIVESTRONG Day Event.

Swordfish with Pineapple-Mango Salsa
Print recipe only here.

1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
¾ cup mango, diced
1 small red or green chile, finely diced
3 Tbsp green onions, finely sliced
Juice of ½ lime
1 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Salt, to taste

2 (4-oz) swordfish steaks or mahi-mahi
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

For the salsa, simply place all ingredients in a bowl; allow to rest for at least 45 min- 1 hr. so the flavors will mingle.

Preheat the broiler. Drizzle the olive oil on both sides of the swordfish, and season with salt and pepper. Broil for 4-5 minutes, flip over steaks, and broil another 4-5 minutes, or until opaque. Alternatively, you can grill the swordfish or pan fry on the stovetop. Makes 2 servings.

Serving suggestion: steamed sugar snap peas lightly seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, fresh mint, & salt and pepper are a lovely side vegetable.

If you're unfamiliar with selecting and cutting a mango, then check out Rachel’s tutorial at Coconut and Lime.

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Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

Great entry for LiveStrong...I have to be honest this weekend I went to the "street" market near our apartment, and I bought and ate 3 mangoes ALL BY MYSELF. *blush* They were so good! If I was near I'd help you empty out that case!

Pille said...

Looks so refreshing and tasty, perfect for spring!

Stella said...

Hmmm, pineapple & mango make the perfect match!
I love your dish for the blogging event Susan, it's both sweet & savoury:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This recipe is perfect for the warmer days!
Wow, your fruits are a LOT cheaper than here in Switzerland. I could never afford to buy a whole case of mangoes (~ $2.80-$3 for one single fruit), unless it would be for $8!!!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I am so so jealous! It's been raining here almost non-stop for the past week, the days are shot and cold and the mango season is long, long gone! With the prices of winter mangoes, I can't WAIT till summer brings this fruit back so I can try this salsa!

Asha said...

Beautiful entry for the great cause.I love Mangoes,grew up eating World's best Malgoba Mangoes in India.I think they are coming to America too!
Dish looks yummy,great combo:)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Isn't it true that our parents teach us many survival skills, and "not passing up a bargain" is usually at the top of the list?! I have little experience with mangoes, but that salsa has me yearning for summer!

Brilynn said...

I'm a big fan of fruit salsas with fish.
And I suggest some mango ice cream...

Anonymous said...

And here I figured that parents speaking out to you from the great beyond was just something us crazy folk deal with more than the normal ones out there! ("Yes Mom, I hear you!")

I make a terrific mango-black bean salsa that even my 13 yo will eat. I tell you , if I ever come across a case of mangoes for $8 I might be inclined to buy one and hunker down in a corner of my garage eating them until I am a sticky mess, fully satiated and dim-brained with delight.

Mishmash ! said...

Hey, mee too...a great lover of fruit salsas....abd btw, when u were describing your shopping at Costco, I was also imagining myself tucking a box of mangoes in my cart :P


Anonymous said...

Hi Susan! Gorgeous and 'sunny' addition to any meal... your pineapple and mango salsa sounds divine!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Two fruit I love so much, Susan! Delicious combination and I would never have thought of them with fish!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful entry! I love how you paired pineapple and mango with fish. Yum!

Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits. A few years ago I went to SE China and there were huge mangoes the size of a football. I sat on the beach and ate one all by myself. It was so good! I can't wait for the Indian mangoes.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

We're on the same mango wave length. I made a mango salsa for a BBQ however without the pineapple. Definitely something to try next time.
PS. Regarding the toilet paper - it's one of my greatest fears - being in a house where the toilet paper has run out!!! I always go for the big pack!!

Rachel said...

mmm, we picked up 9 for $6 recently (hence all the mango recipes!) it is hard to resist-even with only 2 people.

Nabeela said...

Oh Costco is sometimes good for you...even if the family consists of just two people ;)
I bought the very same case of mangoes at Costco...and made a looooot of smoothies :D
As for the pine-apples, they are always priced at its a steal deal, one I can hardly pass up

Chris said...

Great post and fabulous recipe! I am laughing aloud because it seems to be Mango week in the blogoshere. Like many, I just bought a case at the Farmer's Market - 12 for $4.50. I am going to look like a mango by the end of the week since it's just me....yikes!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Msadventuresinitaly-Who can resist a succulent, ripe mango?

Pille-It really was!

Valentina-I love the contrast of the heat from the jalapeno and the sweetness of the fruit.

Rosa-Wow! I appreciate Costco's prices even more now.

Ellie-Come on over for a little sunshine and salsa! ;)

Asha-Mangoes from India must be divine.

T.W.-You've gotta try it!

Brilynn-Mango ice cream?! Yum!

Kate-What a fantastic image I have of you right now! Big smile on my face....

Shn-Glad to see I'm not alone.

Gilly-So glad you like it!

Patricia-Jeff loves fruit salsas with fish, so I hope you try it!

Amy-Mangoes the size of a football? I'd be in my glory!

Meeta-Well you could always stay at our house without any worries. ;)

Rachel-I have a big smile on my face right now.

Nabeela-I made smoothies too! (A lot of them!)

Chris-OK, you beat me there, Chris. 12 for one person?! Now, I'm laughing too. :)

Giovanna said...

wow! che aspetto magnifico, il pesce e la frutta sono una abbinamento fresco e sano! Mi piace!

Lis said...

I love mango and pineapple salsas! So good with fish, pork and chicken. I'll try this later in the summer when we start grilling outside every night!



christine said...

My kindred spirit! I love farmers markets too and I go gaga over mangoes and anything with mangos in it. Lovely salsa!

bazu said...

I had to laugh at your Costco experience! I often go to warehouse stores intending just to buy some cat litter and maybe some batteries or something, and then find myself staring at the produce. When I buy some, they never turn out to be that great, but it sounds like you got some fantastic use out of your mangos! I recently had a case of mangos and before I could make anything special with them, I gobbled them all up. My husband snatched two away from me to make some experimental pickles, luckily. =)

Betty Badass said...

I can't wait to try this recipe.
I've been all about mangos of late

Gattina Cheung said...

what a great entry! And your post never fails to make me chuckle :D
Last time I bought a lot of mangoes and pineapples too (maybe I know your dad from somewhere :) :) I freeze some salsa I made, haven't tried them yet to see if they're still good.

Unknown said...

Susuan this is so beautiful and so healthy...and so yellow. Thanks for your entry.

Anonymous said...

You can NEVER, EVER have too many mangos or pineapples. Never. If you can't eat them all, you could rub them into your skin or something! The swordfish looks so moist, by the way. And that salsa is the stuff of dreams. Your dad would be so proud!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Costco, Sam's ... you just have to be flexible and creative. This is just a perfect dish for A Taste of Yellow.
Now, are there more uses for those mangos, muffins, ice cream... more...

tigerfish said...

I actually made mango salsa for fish too! My halibut was from Costco.

And I get toilet tissue from Costco too! It's also for 2pple! I don't think it's's a necessity(will always need toilet tissues) and there's not expiry date. So stock them up, lady :p

Anonymous said...

hm..the only thing i get from Costo is toilet tissues, paper towels, beef, and ..vitamins, gee..think I should cancel my membership..
I saw swordfish at Albertson y'day and was wondering what to do w/it, I did not get any, this might just be it :)

Mikaela said...

I'm sure most of your readers have too, been sucked in by Costco. The salsa looks great - pretty and refreshing. (Although I would've preferred to see your tofu plate!)

Toni said...

I love fruit salsas, and have made them with mangoes in the past. I've looked at those cases of mangoes at Costco, but I don't think my cat would help me out! Yes, even for those of us who love farmers markets, Costco has it's place.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Giovanna- Grazie! I'm glad you stopped by and liked it. Ciao!

Lis-Ah, just the thought of grilling brings a smile to my face.

Christine-It's such a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.

Bazu-They were exceptionally tasty for a big box store I must admit. Hmm...pickles? :)

JFO-Apparently, food bloggers have been on a mango kick lately. ;)

Gattina-You've probably seen him at a Costco or Sam's on the East Coast. ;)

Barbara-It was my pleasure!

Sher-I can see him smiling now. ;)

Tanna-I've had them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But the ice cream might have to be next.

Tigerfish-I've wanted to try their halibut but haven't yet. Though I do buy their tilapia.

Shirley-Give the mangoes and pineapple a try--you won't be disappointed.;)

Mikaela-Ah, I should include a tofu photo next time.

Toni-You should try one next time you're there.

Anonymous said...

hmm !! Perfeto

Anonymous said...

Yum. Wish we had Costco! I have to have my market lapses at Sam's.

Lucy said...

Sunny and lovely Susan. Very yellow, and a great entry to Barbara's wonderful event.

Anonymous said...

Quite a thriving community you have here Food Blogga! The more TP the better I say - always buy in bulk :)

Lisa Johnson said...

This is a wonderful entry and must be so tasty! I've still never been to Costco! I've heard all the stories about how you can find everything there, but I wouldn't have guessed fresh tropical fruit.

Rasa Malaysia said...

Everyone is making mango salsa lately...hmmm, I should create a Malaysian version of Mango salsa. LOL.

Kajal@aapplemint said...

hey susan ,
this looks like a nice combination , but i'm not a big fan of mixing fruit in my main course meals.Dont know why just a stupid mental block i guess.But i'm sure that was very tasty.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Pom d'api-Thank you!

Christine-Yeah, Costco is more prevalent than Sam's here on the West Coast, so that's why we got a membership.


Doug-I've never run out yet! ;)

Anali-It's like a BJ's or Sam's Club, though my parents who visit from the East Coast love it.

Rasa Malaysia-Oh, please do!

Kate-Yeah, there are definitely two camps re:fruit with main meals. I just love it though.

Anonymous said...

I love fruit from Costco. We buy pineapples there year round and for the same price $2.99. They are always perfect!

Scribbit said...

Each one of your posts is worth waiting for.

I remember the first time I tried seafood with pineapple/mango salsa. I thought it might be weird but I was hooked from the start. I have a recipe for coconut salmon with pineapple salsa that I, who don't like salmon much, still love.

Anonymous said...

I've never tried pineapple on seafood before, but I think I will after seeing this recipe. Thanks for the fresh and healthy idea!

Anonymous said...

It's so refreshing and tasty for now, I love your recipe

wheresmymind said...

You should make mango 'ritas!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous title to the post, and I agree that mago ice cream should be on your list of to-do's. That, or mango and Thai sticky rice. Hell, I would probably just eat the whole case straight, but then again, I am a mango fanatic like that!

Anonymous said...

I posted a link to this on my own little yellow roundup~ nothing like the great job that Barbara did!
This recipe looks awesome. I am off to Costo to stock up.

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Anonymous said...

...and I am so proud of you for picking up that box - do you know the strength of character & conviction it takes to do that? ;-)

I tell ya, every mango tree bent one of their branches into the shape of a smile when you did that.