Akire Salsa (pronounced Akeera)

This explosion of fun was born out of a few of the stock ingredients in my friend, Jess’ mostly raw, mostly plant based kitchen.

Pineapple, Tomato, Chilli Salsa
Having Fun with Food… Smile, Laugh and Dance!

There are a dozen things I plan to use this Salsa for now that I have had the courage to flow with a new set of ingredients and flavours.

I used a hand mixer. The type that has a rotating handle on the top. It may seem a little laborious but the texture you get is not mush and it’s a great little mini workout for girls like me who don’t do gym.

I started with:

  • Oils:
    • Olive – a dollop
    • Coconut – a dollop
  • Herbs:
    • Basil
    • Thyme
    • Oregano
  • Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • Finely Ground Himalayan Salt
  • Dash of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Tablespoon of Honey
  • Chopped Chives
  • Chilli Essence or Pickle Juice (1/4 tablespoon) – I make this – see how

Mixing these for two or three minutes whilst I thought about what to go in next.

I decided on:

  • Peppers – yellow and red. One slice i.e. slice from indent to indent all the way down, finely but roughly chopped
  • Baby Tomatoes – 5/6 sliced
  • Two Slices of Pineapple – cut small

Mix generously stopping every two minutes or so to push all the ingredients back down the sides. Do a little taste test throughout to check for your taste buds. The salsa is a small, roughly chopped sauce/dressing.

I went for a piquant, spicy hint of Chilli with the juicy sweetness of the peppers, pineapple and tomatoes all smacking of a Spanish Fiesta. The key to a salsa is to have equal quantities of your ingredients to get an overall burst of varying flavours, unless there is one outstanding flavour you are highlighting.

You may want to add:

  • Red Onions
  • Dhania (Coriander)

I didn’t get photos last night so am hoping to pop into the fridge to find the last little bit to get a few. Hope Jess doesn’t get there first as she saved her second helping for lunch today.

This made about 125-175 ml which was really only just enough for two helpings each between two of us. Because you don’t use much of any of the ingredients it’s easy to double up without clearing the pantry.

We paired it with this melee of fantasy flavours in the Devine salad with everything in it!

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