I’m a big fan of seasonal cooking.
Meaning: I love to cook based on what’s in season.
I think this really kicked in for me when I first joined a local farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture, see my post here.)
I noticed a correlation – the produce I got from my farmer was also the produce on sale at the market and also had a great flavor-
Coincidence? I don’t think so!
Strawberry abundance + Grilling weather = Fruit Salsa (to accompany grilled pork! Perfect!)
First, I wash my fruit as soon as I get home from the market.
I use cool water and a bit of dish soap (I like Meyers) and soak the fruits and veggies for a few minutes.
I also gently scrub the ones with firm surfaces (think peppers or apples) with a vegetable brush.
Yesterday, when the fruits were done bathing, I dried them off with a clean dish towel and organized them on my cutting board.
Then I opened my bottle of Parley Lake Winery Chardonnay, the perfect partner for the spiced pork and fruit salsa… and cooking companion too!
For this version of fruit salsa, I used:
1/3 Red Onion
6 large strawberries
1/2 T Agave Nectar
Dried Basil & Mint to taste (or you can use fresh, but I didn’t have any)
A bit of salt
I selected a pretty bowl to show off the vibrant colors of the ingredients.
I don’t use metal as a general rule with foods that are acidic, as it may impart a metallic taste into the food.
I chose a white antique bowl from a set I got from my Grandma, via my mom.
I love these dishes, they are so simple and elegant!
Finally… after the lime juice was added, I squeezed the Agave Nectar over the salsa and sprinkled the top with a bit of salt, dried mint, and dried basil.
I’ll leave the basil and mint on the top until it’s served, because it adds a bit of dimension to the appearance.
When I serve it, I’ll mix it together and put it on the plate as a side for grilled pork tenderloin or pork chops.
I figure it will make about 6 servings. Once you’ve made it, please refrigerate- you can store it for a couple of days.
To adjust for fewer people, I would use a different fruit instead of the melon, or buy one of the small containers with a pre-chopped single helping of melon.