Mango and Queso Blanco Salsa

This recipe was given to us by cookbook author and SAVEUR contributor Maricel Presilla, who suggested serving the salsa with grilled fish or chicken. You can find the piquin chiles and queso blanco at your local Latin American grocer.

Mango and Queso Blanco Salsa
Ordinary salsa gets an extraordinary twist with the addition of fresh mango and mild Mexican cheese.
Yield: makes About 7 Cups

Ingredients

  • 13 cup fresh orange juice
  • 13 cup fresh lime juice
  • 14 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 12 tbsp. honey
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 12 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground toasted dried piquin chiles or cayenne
  • 14 tsp. dried oregano
  • 14 tsp. cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 4 large ripe or semi-ripe mangoes, or combination of ripe, semi-ripe, and green (unripe) mangoes, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1⁄2" cubes
  • 1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 oz. queso blanco, cut into 1⁄2" cubes
  • 24 mint leaves, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Whisk citrus juices, oil, honey, garlic, salt, ground chiles, oregano, and cumin together in a large, nonreactive bowl. Add mangoes, bell peppers, onions, and cheese, and toss well. Adjust seasonings.
  2. Add mint to salsa just before serving and toss well again. Serve salsa right away, or cover salsa and let rest at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 hours.