Sweet Cantaloupe Salsa
This is a delightful fresh Caribbean style salsa. We've been experimenting with fruit salsas for the last several years and while peaches and mangoes are more familiar this recipe uses sweet cantaloupe and I was immediately hooked. Growing up in Texas this fruit is a natural for me as fresh cantaloupe seemed to always be available. Now that we live in the north I get to enjoy cantaloupe less frequently as it's much more difficult to find them perfectly ripe. But for that brief period each Summer I can find them at a reasonable price and wonderfully ripe.
Our fresh fruit salsa adventure has been like a culinary awakening and the best part (besides eating it right out of the bowl) is how easy they are to make. We've used this sweet cantaloupe salsa as a cool balance to some grilled tilapia and grilled chicken and it is equally pleasing with tortilla chips.
It's always fun to experiment and I've even found a variation on this recipe that calls for adding some honeydew and orange bell peppers... ahhh the possibilities are endless.
This cantaloupe salsa is low in sodium and saturated fat while being an excellent source of fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and potassium. As with any fruit based dish a high portion of the calories comes from sugar.
- 2 cups cantaloupe, diced
- 1/4 cup sweet Vidalia onion, diced
- 1 Tablespoon dried, fresh Basil
- 1 fresh hot red or green chile pepper, minced with seeds removed
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Combine all ingredients and refrigerate at least 20 minutes