We were invited to a 4th of July barbecue at a friend's house - they live on a cul de sac - it was like something out of a tv show. They set up tables in the street, everyone brought out their chairs and we sat around and ate and ate. They barbecued burgers, chicken and hot dogs - we had grilled portobello mushrooms. I used the rest of the dressing from the ginger salad we had recently to marinade the mushrooms and threw in some onion and fresh ginger. Yum. Since I've been on a produce buying binge recently I had a lot of food on hand and wanted to make something I could bring to share. I'd been reading over at Gluten Free Girl about watermelon and how people like to eat theirs. It reminded me of a recipe I'd seen in this cookbook I bought for dh as a joke (he loves nachos and for Christmas I got him a book called "Macho Nachos" - how could I resist?). So I dug it out and made a batch of watermelon ginger salsa. It looked exactly like pico de gallo so the taste was a bit of a surprise.
Watermelon Ginger Salsa
2 cups diced watermelon
1 cup fresh cilantro, diced
1/2 cup flat leaf parsely, diced
1 cup finely diced red onion
1 jalepeno pepper, seeds removed, finely diced
juice of 3 lemons
finely shredded fresh ginger, to taste (I used at least 3 T.)
salt and pepper to taste
The book called for powdered ginger but I had all this fresh ginger on hand and it made a huge difference. I tried the powdered ginger at first but could barely taste it.
Next up was a mango salsa. For this I used two finely diced manila mangoes (the yellow ones - they are the BEST). Some red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime, salt and pepper.
I found these organic veggie tortilla chips that were so good with the mango salsa. With the watermelon salsa I put out some blue corn tortilla chips (which, by the way, was the closest I got to any patriotic colors ;-)). The mango salsa was awesome on the mushrooms.
It was a nice relaxing evening - hanging with old friends and meeting some new people. The only thing marring the evening was waking up at 4 in the morning and realizing we hadn't remembered to feed my friend's dog or put him in the house in his crate! So I made a 4 am run to their house to hang out with Henry. He was fine - appreciated his food and then off to bed. No hard feelings. Such is the forgiving nature of dogs.