Lunch Today: Mango Papaya Salsa

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mango-papaya-salsaThis isn’t really a meal per se, but mango papaya salsa is a great topping for fish, burgers and chicken, and it makes a great dip, too! Since many will be having backyard parties and doing some grilling, this easy-to-make salsa, bursting with tropical fruit flavors, will be a hit with your friends.

Papaya, one of the stars of this recipe, contains more vitamin A than carrots and more vitamin C than oranges. It also contains an enzyme called papain that helps digest foods. The other star, mango, is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (particularly vitamins A and C, potassium and beta-carotene). Mangoes contain an enzyme with stomach-soothing properties similar to papain. They also have vermifuge (de-worming) and anti-parasitic constituents. In addition, an average mango contains up to 40% of our daily fiber requirement.

So while you are serving up this delicious side, you are also getting a ton of health benefits!

Mango Papaya Salsa

• 1 mango, peeled, seeded, and diced
• 1 papaya, peeled, seeded, and diced
• 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
• 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
• 1/2 red onion, diced
• 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, and minced (you can omit, if you want a more mild flavor)
• 3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
• 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
• Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium-sized bowl, mix mango, papaya, tomato, avocado, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. ENJOY!

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