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Fire and Fruit Yellow Tomato Salsa

Photo: Iain Bagwell
Yield Makes 2 cups
Time: 40 minutes. The combination of mango and tomato may seem surprising, but the pickling ingredients bring them together in an enticing way.


  • 1/2 pound firm-ripe yellow tomatoes, cut in wedges
  • 1/2 medium serrano chile, very thinly sliced (see
  • 3/4 cup chopped mango
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cracked coriander seeds*
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 green onion, diagonally sliced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 40
  • caloriesfromfat 40 %
  • protein 0.4 g
  • fat 1.8 g
  • satfat 0.2 g
  • carbohydrate 6.2 g
  • fiber 0.7 g
  • sodium 77 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, chile, mango, red onion, and ginger.

  2. Warm oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add coriander and cook, stirring, until medium brown, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and carefully stir in brown sugar, vinegar, and salt.

  3. Pour warm spice mixture over tomato mixture and let stand 30 to 60 minutes for flavors to develop. Just before serving, stir in green onion.

  4. *Crack seeds using a mortar and pestle, or seal them in a plastic bag and whack with a rolling pin.

  5. Add Heat to Taste: You can control the heat of a salsa by adjusting the heat of the chiles. Slice off the top of each chile, being sure to cut through the ribs and seeds, where the heat-producing compound capsaicin is concentrated. Test the chile's fire by touching the top to your tongue (each chile has a different heat level). Adjust the heat, if you want a milder salsa, by splitting the chile and scraping out some or all of the ribs and seeds. If your skin is sensitive, wear kitchen gloves or hold chiles with a fork-and don't touch your eyes.

  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1/4-cup serving.