Doin’ The Salsa


When I was a kid, you didn’t see salsa on the store shelves in Chicago. At least not that I remember in my doddering old age.ร‚ย  There also wasn’t a variety of chips to serve the non-existent salsa with. You had Jays potato chips (yes Jays; not Lays. Jays was/is regional to the Midwest), Doritos in two flavors- Nacho Cheese and Taco (I HATED the Taco ones; still do and wish they had never made a comeback) and bagged popcorn. Yes, yes I AM old. Why do you mention it? I am also old enough to remember when frozen meals were called TV dinners and came in foil trays like this *points down*

I prefer not to think about what the parts that weren’t white meat consisted of. Do Turkeys have lips? These wonderful dinners had school paste masquerading as mashed potatoes and veggies that were so mushy you could feed them to the seniors at the nursing home with no problem.

On the subject of “omg, I’m old and nobody else remembers this”, does ANYBODY other than me remember the pop (soda for those born elsewhere) named “Anna Banana”? I have asked others and no one else seems to remember it.


Moving back to the subject of salsa. Yes, that was the original subject… I just got distracted by shiny things. Imagine that huh? When I was a kid, I had never heard of salsa. I imagine it was available in certain areas of the country but not mine. Then came the taco sauces. Thin uninspired mild stuff with very little flavor. Then we started coming into the time when people were branching out in their food tastes and from what I saw, salsas were one of the first things that became something everyone was eating. You name the flavor, there was/is a salsa with that taste. Want some pineapple salsa, no problem! Habanaro Peach Salsa… get it here!ร‚ย  Turkey Lip/Orange flavored salsa? Yep; we have it! Fine, so I’ve never REALLY seen that one but I bet somewhere, someone tried to make something with turkey lips!

My favorites have always been the fruit flavored salsas. There is something about the sweet taste of the fruit mixed with the bite of peppers and onions that I just love. That’s also why I love chutneys. Same fruit to heat thing going on there.

In Spring and Summer, I tend to make Salsas even more. they are a great way to get some fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. And generally speaking, kids tend to love them too which is always good when it comes to the fruit and veggie idea. So today I kind of cleaned out my fridge of the fruits I needed to use. Add some vegetables, some spice, some sweet and I ended up with a great fruity salsa. It is so good with chips but I can also see it making a fantastic cover for some grilled chicken or fish. I was really pleased with how this turned out so I hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚ This really needs to be eaten the day it’s made to maintain the fresh taste and texture of the fruits.


  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 10 grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 jalapeno, very finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder (can omit this if you prefer more mild but it adds a nice smokey flavor and aroma)
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl. Taste for personal preferences. I added a bit more chipotle and a touch more lime but that’s cause I love them both.
  2. Eat.
  3. Comment here telling me how easy and how tasty this was. ๐Ÿ˜›

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19 thoughts on “Doin’ The Salsa

  1. I would so hate to not be able to eat fruit. I feel for you on that one.
    The Mango Habanero salsa sounds wonderful. I have a thing for mangoes. And spicy foods. ;-D

  2. Looks kinda like a fruit salad….

    Had some peach salsa a while back that was oh so yummy – just spicy enough without anything being overpowering.

  3. Two things: (1) I hate the smell of nacho cheese and taco Doritos. (2) My husband came home with a request that we make something with fruit b/c they are ganging up on two employees who won’t eat fruit.
    I think we will make this fruit salsa and see what they think!

  4. Eliot, make sure you use it up. I found that the Chipotle lends it a bitter edge if you eat it the next day. It’s beyond delicious fresh though!

  5. Your post had me actually laughing out loud!! I LOVED those tv dinners! Sometimes my dad would leave some of the cherry dessert and I got a little extra. We had them really infrequently, so they were considered a “treat”. Luckily, now treats consist of other things!
    I’m envious you found good peaches for your salsa, we’ve not had good ones yet. Love the fruit here!

    • I think the desserts were the only good part of those TV dinners lol.
      The peaches weren’t perfect yet but I just couldn’t resist. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I don’t remember Anna Banana, but I do remember those Swanson TV dinners! Love your fruit salad – it sounds wonderful. By the way, you sent me a Friend request on Foodbuzz but unfortunately I’ve been having trouble and if I accept one, the others disappear. Please could you send it again, as yours disappeared, and I did want to accept it!

    • I’d be happy to. I’ll look for you in there again but if I can’t find you I am in there under the name here more or less I believe I have it as Janet-From Cupcakes To Caviar ๐Ÿ™‚
      Isn’t the TV dinner photo great? talk about a trip down memory lane lol

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