Inspired Recipe: Mango Pomegranate “Murder” Salsa

One of my favorite of Jon Ronson’s interviewees in The Psychopath Test was Emmanuel “Toto” Constant. He was a delightfully charming Haitian man put in jail for real estate fraud–who was also known as one of the most evil mass murderers in Haitian history. The epitome of deceivingly sweet, but murderously spicy. That’s why he inspired this mango pomegranate concoction I’ve nicknamed “murder” salsa.

Read our recommendation of The Psychopath Test.

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Salsa Inspired Recipe: Mango Pomegranate Murder Salsa

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Mango Pomegranate “Murder” Salsa
Sweet and spicy, fresh and chunky, this mango pomegranate salsa is summery and delicious.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 mango
  2. 1 red bell pepper
  3. 1 pomegranate
  4. 1 jalapeno
  5. 1/2 onion
  6. 1 bunch cilantro
  7. 1 lime
  8. salt
  9. honey (to taste)
  1. Chop the mango and red pepper into evenly sized bits, about half an inch in size, and place in a bowl.
  2. Slice open the pomegranate and remove the seeds from the white pith (membrane). With any luck, it’ll bleed, making it the perfect ingredient for “murder” salsa. Place seeds into the bowl.
  3. Finely dice one whole jalapeno. You can remove the seeds to reduce heat, or leave them in for added kick. Add into the bowl.
  4. Score the open side of the onion half, using your knife to make shallow cuts vertically and horizontally. Then, slice the scored side, giving you a very fine onion dice. Add onion to taste.
  5. Roll up a handful of cilantro and dice into a chiffonade, giving you fine ribbons of cilantro. Chop again for a finer dice. Add to your bowl.
  6. Add the juice of one lime and a half a teaspoon of salt.
  7. If your fruit is not quite ripe, add honey to taste.
  8. Mix ingredients in bowl, making sure everything is well-distributed. Grab some tortilla chips and enjoy!
Salsa Ingredients Inspired Recipe: Mango Pomegranate Murder Salsa

This recipe is great because it’s completely customizable. Hate onions? Leave them out. Like it a little spicier, add another jalapeno. The nice thing about salsas, especially fresh ones like this, is that you can experiment, add, and subtract until you find a flavor balance that works for you.

It’s funny, really, that a salsa inspired by murder is actually so healthy. Picking up the ingredients from your local farmers market means you’ll get fresher produce and support farmers in your area. That might not be Constant’s M.O. but it can be yours.

Do you have a favorite salsa recipe?

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Not sure what a chiffonade is? Here, we’ll teach you how to do it.

Now that you’re good and hungry, read our recommendation of the book that inspired this recipe: The Psychopath Test.

The Psychopath Test Inspired Recipe: Mango Pomegranate Murder Salsa

4 Thoughts on “Inspired Recipe: Mango Pomegranate “Murder” Salsa

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  2. This looks amazing…Could I possibly use this as a side or garnish for a meat/poultry or fish dish?…Any specific recommendations?!..You have a gorgeous, funny and well-written blog by the way!! I just chanced onto you via Foodbuzz suggestions on pomegranite recipes!..Thank you for sharing your creativity and wit!

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