Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Salad for Studs::Mango Salsa and Black Beans

This salad is basically an excuse to consume large quantities of mango salsa without the guilt of corn chips. I originally made this salsa as part of a grilled tilapia recipe (which I highly, highly recommend. You can find it here), but since then I have made it sans tilapia many times. It can be eaten with chips of course, mixed in a salad, put on a cracker with cream cheese, or eaten directly from the bowl with a spoon, while standing inside the open refrigerator door before bedtime.
You'll want to start with your ingredients:
2 ripe mangoes
2 limes (or a lime and a lemon, or two lemons)
1 red bell pepper (or 3 mini ones, as you see)
1/2 medium onion (red onion is best, but I didn't have it)
1 largish bunch of cilantro
1 or 2 jalapenos (depending on how studly you want it)
Chop all the ingredients and add the juice of the limes to the mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Offering it to an idol of a Roman stallion is entirely optional. Chop your romaine (or other lettuce), generously heap with rinsed black beans, and top with mango salsa. I added a dollop of sour cream to mine, just because I am not on the strict studliness diet, and because "dollop" is such a cool word. I actually think this salad would be even better with some cottage cheese, or mozzerella, but we musn't forget that cheese is a no-no for studs.

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