Mango and Sweet Pepper Salsa with Toasted Pepitas
Why This Recipe Works
The first step in developing a great fruit salsa recipe was to determine which fruits worked best as a foundation—mango, pineapple, nectarine, and melon won. To boost the fruit’s tartness and tone down its sweetness, we added 1 tablespoon or less of lime juice per cup of fruit. We rejected onion for its harsh, dominating flavor but liked the milder-tasting shallot, finely minced. Finally, we added a second, complementary vegetable or fruit to our fruit salsa recipe for more flavor dimension, then allowed the fruit salsa to sit for half an hour to let the flavors fully develop.