my western nest.


I can’t believe it’s actually spring!  Every day may not feel like it just yet, but I am so happy to see the weather improving.

This week I was shopping for our weekly meal plan, and I was craving something fresh.  Specifically, some kind of salsa.  We love salsa at our house!

Both Jon and I eat lots of spicy foods, vegetables, and fruit.  Many times, we eat our salsa with just a spoon.  I have made salsa with tomatillos many times before.  It’s great, but I wanted to try something new.

At the store, I walked by a stand filled with bags of small, tart green apples.  I had an idea: apple salsa!  I sent Jon and text, and we created the recipe together.  He requested mango, and I wanted to add some spice.

The recipe below is what we came up with.  It’s really fantastic!  I just ate another bowl plain.  It’s also really good with cinnamon sugar pita chips.  I was worried about the apples turning brown, but the lemon juice and other ingredients seem to keep them pretty fresh.  I’d say this recipe makes about 8 generous servings.


apple mango salsa

  • 6 small green apples (or 3 medium/large green apples)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1-2 mangos (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1 jalapeño (with the seeds removed)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Chop the apples, bell peppers, mangos, jalapeño, and onion into small pieces.  I used a food chopper to save time, but you don’t need one.  A food processor will work, but it will pulverize the ingredients and your salsa may end up a little watery.

2. Mix the chopped ingredients in a large bowl, and add the cilantro.

3. Add the lemon juice and stir.

4. Season the salsa with salt and pepper.


I hope you enjoy this sweet and spicy treat!  Please let me know if you make any fun variations that I should try…



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