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Versatile Salsa

Cucumber SalsaIn many parts of the country, salsa is some mushy tomato stuff in a jar. In reality, the definition of salsa is a mixture of chopped vegetables (or fruits) that is used as a condiment. I decided to use some of the cucumbers from this week’s box to make a salsa to serve on grilled fish. While the fish was grilling, I was “sampling” the salsa with chips, and it tasted good for that, too! Feel free to adjust the proportions to your taste. Salsa is not an exact science!

Cucumber Salsa
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 medium cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, minced
  • ¼ large red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients. Serve over meat, with chips, or any way you usually use salsa.

I put this over grilled salmon and served it with Zucchini with Corn and Cilantro from Health.com.

Happy eating!

Ruth

 

Grilled Cilantro Pork Chops with Summer Salsa

Grilled Cilantro Pork Chops with Summer SalsaMango makes really good salsa! I found this recipe from The Food Addicts, but wanted to try a different marinade for the pork. I found this recipe on yummly that fit the bill. The combination was really good. This makes a HUGE quantity of salsa. I used some with my eggplant chips, and found it absolutely addicting.

Grilled Cilantro Pork Chops with Summer Salsa
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 limes, divided
  • ⅓ cup plus 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro, divided
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 2 mangoes, chopped
  • 1½ cup cucumbers, seeded and chopped
  • 1½ cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup watermelon, seeded and chopped
  • ¾ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
Instructions
  1. Combine garlic, onion powder, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons cilantro and juice and zest of 1 lime in a zip top bag. Put pork chops in bag. Marinate for 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. Combine mango, cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon, onion, jalapeno, and remaining cilantro. Whisk together remaining oil, juice of remaining lime, vinegar, and orange juice. Pour over salsa, stir to combine. Refrigerate several hours.
  3. Grill pork chops over medium low heat, approximately 15-20 minutes. Serve topped with the salsa.

Happy eating!

Ruth

Herb, Cantaloupe, and Cucumber Salad

herb, cantaloupe, and cucumber saladI’m coming down to the end of this box; and still had one cucumber and the cantaloupe left in my refrigerator. I had originally planned to eat the cantaloupe for snacks, but just hadn’t gotten around to cutting it up. I found this recipe from Rachel Ray for a salad with both ingredients. I added some herbs to the dressing to make it a bit more interesting.

Herb, Cantaloupe, and Cucumber Salad
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cantaloupe, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Combine yogurt, lime juice, honey, rosemary, and thyme. Set aside.
  2. Mix cantaloupe and cucumber in serving bowl. Dress with yogurt mixture.
  3. Top with almonds just prior to serving.

Happy eating!

Ruth