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.
MANGO-POMEGRANATE "MURDER" SALSA
- 1 mango
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 jalapeno
- 1/2 onion
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 lime
- honey (to taste)
Chop the mango and red pepper into evenly sized bits, about half an inch in size, and place in a bowl.
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.
Finely dice one whole jalapeno. You can remove the seeds to reduce heat, or leave them in for added kick. Add into the bowl.
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.
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.
Add the juice of one lime and a half a teaspoon of salt.
If your fruit is not quite ripe, add honey to taste.
Mix ingredients in bowl, making sure everything is well-distributed. Grab some tortilla chips and enjoy!
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?
Not sure what a chiffonade is? Here, we'll teach you how to do it.