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Mango Salsa Dancing in Endive Cups

Mango Dancing in Salsa Cups

I had to do something very difficult last week. I had to say goodbye to a very sweet and dear friend. In our every day lives, we meet acquaintances.  However, there are other times where you meet someone new and have an immediate connection. You read each others mind and finish each others sentences. These special friends are life long friends. I believe that send off's should be a happy occasion and full of inspiration despite the fact that you are hurting inside. The world is quite a small place and I know that our paths will cross again. I hosted a little evening gathering and decided make a few dishes that reminded me of my dear friend's bright, lively and colorful personality. Mango Salsa Dancing in Endive Cups is like biting into a little party. The natural sweetness of the mango and the spice of the chilli peppers and the crisp crunch of the endive make this is a colorful zesty appetizer. 

Mango Salsa Dancing in Endive Cups: Makes about 18 cups just about enough for one hungry teenager

Recipe Adapted from Ellie Krieger from Food Network

  • 1-2  jalapeno chili chopped finely(depends on how spicy you want it)
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped (or can add 1 cucumber and 1 tomato)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or use sugar substitute
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 mango chopped (Mangos from the Philippines are so sweet and delicious, my favorite)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 endive (washed, separated and trimmed on the edges)

Step 1: Get the party started and pour yourself, the hostess, a glass of wine. After all you should let the wine breath...

Step 2: Mix jalapeno, lime, tomatoes, honey, bell pepper, onion, mango, salt, pepper, cilantro together and place in fridge in a covered container for about 2-3 hours to let the flavors mingle.

Step 3: This week in Chinese New Year and flowers are in abundance at all the markets and I need some decorations to liven up this party. My Mango Salsa Dancing in Endive Cups also conveniently became the center piece on the table. In order to create this edible decoration, just cut the kiwi in half and place the stems of the flowers inside in a decorative fashion. The moisture from the kiwi kept the flowers perky until the wee hours of the night.

Mango Dancing in Salsa Cups

Step 4: Strain the mango salsa so that you remove the accumulated moisture from the marination process.

Step 5: Place the endive leaves on your plate and arrange around flower center piece.

Step 6: Add about 1 tablespoon of mango salsa to each endive leave. Do not over full, just enough salsa to make each endive cup a quick bite.

Mango Dancing in Salsa Cups

Step 7: Refill your wine glass and set your Mango Salsa Dancing endive cups on the table for a tasty light appetizer and beautiful center piece.



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Mango Salsa Dancing in Endive Cups

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , ,

January 25, 2012

  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 8 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


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  • I’m sorry…goodbyes are no fun. This recipe is amazing…so delicious and vibrant!

    • I am ready for some new hellos as goodbyes really hurt. Take care, Bam

  • Goodbyes are never fun! Hope you do cross paths sometime soon:)

    The mango salsa looks good and beautifully presented!

    • Thanks Shumaila. I wish I could have taken time to get some better pictures but my guests were hungry….

  • Not only it is a good idea, it is good styling to put mango salsa in endive cups. Beautiful!

  • Sorry you had to say goodbye to your friend. This appetiser dish is such a beautiful, bright and flavourful send off.
    🙂 Mandy

    • Thanks Mandy, This dish can really be mixed up to add any fresh and colorful veggies you wish and like Marie had mentioned so great on swordfish, grilled chicken and anything that needs a little splash of color. Bam

  • Would go great with some hearty home made bread!!!

  • What a lovely and delightful, colorful dish for a send-off. I’m so sorry that you have to separate, this can be such a sad time for both of you… thinking of you xo Smidge

  • Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge

    I feel for you, having to say goodbye to your friend. 🙁 I hate goodbyes… Yet another reminder to enjoy every moment and take nothing for granted… That’s why I love delicious food. 🙂
    On a happier note I am sure this treat went over well! It looks really yummy.
    Chin up. 😀

    • Live life to the fullest while you can as you never know what tomorrow will bring. Take care, Bam

  • I absolutely love the look of these – and I hope the good bye is not too sad!

    • Thanks Tandy. Just as an Fyi my computer is broken, hardware issue and needs to go to the shop. Currently doing everything from my iPad so I don’t know-how this ready steady cook documentation is going to go. I have never published posts from my iPad before….

      • email me if you get stuck 🙂

  • I’m sorry to hear you lost a good friend, it leaves a hole doesn’t it. But what a lovely way to celebrate your friendship. And I adore Mangoes, and the recipe looks perfect. Thank you 🙂

    • Thank you. Big hole at that but we all must move on knowing that it is a small world and will catch up again. Take care, Bam

  • Beautiful recipe! I adore mango salsa, and often have it with swordfish in the summer…
    I really love the Sweet William in the kiwi friut – great idea!

    • I love mangoes in any shape or form. As I am writing this having some sliced with my lunch. So sweet…. Love it on grilled swordfish. Bam

  • What great, fresh ingredients! I love the presentation as well! Nicely done!

    • Thanks Jen. It is so easy to get fresh ingredients with the wet market and just walking through it gives me inspiration.

  • I’m sorry for your lost, you make it really good, beautiful pictures…looks great, take care XXxx katya

    • Thanks Katy, I sure needed the XXXx. Ifeel better already. Take care, BAM

  • I just LOVE using endive cups to present anything in and this mango salsa looks so delicious. Such a great recipe

    • Endives are like natures little cups so convenient and with a little bit of tang.

  • Sweet, spicy, crispy…sounds great. You and your friend’s paths will definitely cross again. If not in person at least you will connect through the internet.

    • I certainly hope they don’t block Bams Kitchen in China. My dear friend is from Shanghai so we can communicate by email, Skype but no Facebook as this is blocked in China.

  • What a wonderfully refreshing appetizer… It sounds like a nice way to say goodbye on a high note, at least.

    • Thanks Hannah. Eating , laughing and celebrating now as I can cry any old day….

  • beautiful presentation! stunning!

  • I like how you made some dishes to suit your friend’s personality – I’m sure he or she felt honoured. Goodbyes are always hard and it’s nice you marked it with a celebration.

    • Thank you Preena. A celebration indeed! I believe all changes happen for a reason and if it is not apparent now one day we will know that it was a good change. Take care, BAM

  • The title hooked me! And the photos mesmerized me. I would love some of these. I had to recently say goodbye to one of my dearest friends who has just moved a few states away from me. It was and is very hard. Take care sweetie! What a nice way to send her off!

    • Dear Geni, I want to apologize to you. I started looking in my spam box and noted that I had 2 comments from you in my Spam box??? I do not know why this happened? Automatic Askimetz is not all it is cracked up to be on wordpress. I love reading your comments and sorry for my delay on my response. Thank goodness for the internet to keep us all in touch when we must separate from those that are very near and dear to us.

  • What a gorgeous presentation! Saying goodbye to good friends is so hard.

    • Thanks Jill. I am glad I do not have to say goodbye every week as my heart could not take it.

  • Your salsa in little lettuce spoons looks amazing, and I am sure it was a beautifully sweet accent to the farewells.

    • Almost a bitter sweet combo- slightly bitter from the endive(tears) and slightly sweet from the mango (hugs)

  • This is actually gorgeous – I can’t believe how beautiful it looks! In fact, I would not want to eat it for fear of ruining it – so talented, creative and delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Thanks Choc chip Uru. I would feel the same way about your beautiful cakes and cookies but would get over my fear after my first bite…

  • Beautiful display. Are the flowers Phlox (or as my English friend called them, Rocket)? Love the kiwi idea, too.

    • Oh Katheleen you are so funny. Even after a year of ikebana in Japan I still do not know the name of any flowers. I just call them pretty purple, pink or red flowers that were on sale in the wet market. I know I am terrible, I’m not very girly at all… Take care, BAM

  • Hi Bam, sorry you had to say good bye… it’s never an easy thing to do! Great tip on the kiwi/flower thing by the way!

    I’ve never been a massive fan of endives, but I think the mango salsa would do a superb job at balancing the bitterness here… it looks wonderful!

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