In our family, Mother's Day involves a cookoff. Everyone participates in some way. We pick a theme, some people cook, some set the table, some help clean up and so on. Then we all eat what we have cooked and everyone wins a prize for something, like: best looking; most delicious; most unusual.....
It's been so much fun over the years and we all believe it beats going to a restaurant which, because it's a holiday, is usually crowded and noisy and the service awful.
This year's theme was "dips."
My son-in-law and one of the grandkids made a hot French Onion Dip; one daughter and granddaughter made a spicy Red Pepper Dip; another daughter and child made a chocolate dip for dessert.
It was all awesome.
This was my entry, which got the award for "most refreshing" and "most attractive" as well as "most perfect for summer" awards.
It's so easy to make too.
Also, it really is perfect for summer.
And it is actually refreshing and attractive.
So -- for summer company or just for yourself, try my award-winning Tropical Salsa. Serve it on Father's Day. Or July 4th!
By the way, this is also a good side dish with grilled meat, poultry or fish and can be used to top a hamburger.
- 2 cups diced fresh papaya
- 2 large mangoes, peeled and diced
- 1 large avocado, peeled and diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh lime peel
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- corn chips or other favorite chips
Place the papaya, mango and avocado dice in a bowl. Add the jalapeno pepper, lime peel, lime juice and cilantro and toss to distribute the ingredients evenly. Taste and add salt as needed. Serve with chips.
Makes about 3 cups