Fresh Mango Salsa for my Chicken Quesadillas

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Fresh Mango Salsa for my Chicken Quesadillas

This is a no measure taste as you go recipe. Make as mild or as hot as you want. No rules here.

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and deveined, minced

5 green onions, sliced or red onions if you have them, diced

1 clove garlic , minced

3 mangoes , diced

zest of 1 lime

juice of 1 lime

hand full of diced fresh tomato

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

a pinch of cardamom or cumin

salt and pepper to taste

Toss all together.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Black Bean and Corn Salad

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This also makes an excellent pico de gallo by adding a minced serrano or jalapeno

2 cups black beans, soaked overnight

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1 red bell pepper , diced

2 cups , sliced grape tomatoes

1 cup sliced , scallions

1 cup fresh or frozen corn

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon lime zest

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Romaine lettuce

Tortilla chips

Drain the soaked beans and place in large stockpot; cover with water or quality stock, bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until beans are tender, not mushy. Drain and rinse. Set aside to cool.

Add the peppers, tomato, scallion and corn to beans.

In a small pan toast the spices until fragrant. Remove from heat and pulverize to a powder i n a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.

In a small bowl whisk the oil , vinegar, lime juice ,zest red pepper flakes and toasted ground spices, salt and pepper.

Pour mixture over bean mixture and lightly toss. Stir in chopped cilantro and allow to set at room temperature for 1 hour.

Line bowl with romaine lettuce and place salad on leaves. Garnish with tortilla chips.