Fiesta Salsa with Fresh Bell Pepper Dippers

2 red or green bell peppers
15-oz. can black beans, drained
1 cup diced mango, about ¾ small mango
¼ to ½ cup finely chopped Vidalia or white onion
2 tablespoons fresh, chopped cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon finely minced garlic
3 tablespoons lime juice
Avocado slices for garnish

Dice half of one of the bell peppers into 1/4-inch pieces; place in large bowl. Cut remaining peppers into 1½-inch strips; cut each strip in half to make 1½ x 2-inch pieces.

Place larger pepper pieces in separate bowl. Add remaining ingredients to diced peppers in large bowl and toss until well mixed.

Place on lettuce-lined plate. Garnish with avocado slices. Serve with large bell pepper pieces and tortilla chips.

Yield: 4 cups salsa

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories 113 (29%calories from fat)
Fat 4g
Saturated fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Protein 4g
Sodium 292mg
% Daily Value: Vitamin 45A %, Vitamin 117C %, Calcium 4%, Iron 8%


Cinco de Mayo!

Spring is finally here, and what better way to celebrate the return of long days and sunshine than with a delicious, colorful, produce-packed fiesta-themed meal. Traditional south of the border dishes are a great way to get your Five a Day. Black beans, onions, tomatoes, avocados, bell peppers, and mangos bring a rainbow of nutrition to your diet, and there’s no denying that their fresh flavor is a winning combination for your palate as well as your health. So celebrate the joys of summer, and the power of produce with a fiesta meal.

A Celebration of Spring

Our fiesta meal plan puts a bright display of color on your plate. And when it comes to produce, looks are everything. A diverse arrangement of colors in a meal means you’re getting an extra boost of nutrients. The greater the variety of colors in your produce diet, the greater number of vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients you’ll get.

Avocado (about | recipes)

Few items in the produce aisle have as many nutrients as the creamy, versatile avocado. Avocados are sodium- and cholesterol-free, and contain phytochemicals that may help fight chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer. They are also high in vitamin E. Sliced in a sandwich or over a salad, mashed in a zesty guacamole, or folded into a tortilla with a little cheese and onion, the avocado brings a special touch to any meal it joins. Most people think of the avocado as a vegetable—but it’s actually a member of the fruit family!

Red Bell Pepper (about | recipes)

This cheery-looking veggie is showing up more and more in our diets as people discover the sweet appeal of red bell pepper. It’s great raw or cooked, and its versatile enough to appear in many different cuisines. And choosing red peppers over green isn’t just about color—it’s about vitamins! Red bell peppers contain nine times more vitamin A than green peppers. They also have twice as much vitamin C as their green cousins. Plus, many people prefer their mildly sweet flavor.

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