A Spicy Fruit Salad and a Noble Cardinal

IMG_3226And now for something completely different! Not a cookie! I have made this Spicy Fruit Salad several times, and it’s really delicious–juicy, sweet, hot, and tart–all at the same time. It calls for a mango, and while I can’t say I’m a mango expert, choose a mango that’s a bit soft, like a ripe peach or an avocado. In other words, don’t go by color. A ripe mango may be almost entirely green. I have also found that a slightly underripe mango is ok–it will be firmer, but still tasty. So that’s all I know about mangos! Here is the recipe:

Spicy Fruit Salad

1 cup chopped mango or papaya
8.25 ounce can of crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup finely slivered red onion
1/4 cup slivered sweet red pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 to 4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh
jalapeño pepper
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

In a medium mixing bowl, toss together all the ingredients. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for several hours before serving to allow flavors to blend. Taste, and add more lemon juice, if necessary.

Notes: The original recipe called for 1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple, but this made for a lot of chopping, and the well-drained crushed pineapple works well. I used a device called a mandoline slicer to slice the mango, red onion and red pepper (see below). This salad will still taste fresh and good without the ginger, but it does add a zing. You can make it as hot as you like by adding more jalapeño, or by sprinkling with chili powder.

Below is the mandoline slicer. It does a great job slicing and is easier to clean than a food processor.


I love the colors in this salad! It’s a pleasure to make.



I saw a cardinal perched behind our house and took some pictures. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m really seeing until I upload the images to the screen. I think this is an older cardinal who has lived through some winters. His beak is battered, and his crown a bit moth-eaten. Well, we can’t all be young and beautiful, and I admire his nobility and his gentle expression.

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This last picture looks like a cardinal selfie! It can’t be easy holding a selfie stick with a claw!

Jim and I drove across the river and walked through Bennett Park. The grounds were covered with these scilla. It was quite a sight!


It was a beautiful spring day! Namaste. Fran




2 thoughts on “A Spicy Fruit Salad and a Noble Cardinal

  1. What a delicious-looking dish and totally on my diet. That Cardinal is as happy as you guys that spring has sprung.

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