Fussy food isn’t right for dining al fresco. Instead, simple, easy and fresh is the mantra of patio entertaining this season. That’s why chefs and home cooks alike turn to everyday party favourites like tortilla chips as an easy solve for speedy and delicious summer-time dishes.
Kevin Prendergast, the executive chef at the Toronto Hilton says adding seasonal or tropical fruit to something you’re already serving, like salad or salsa, can create an instant taste twist that your guests will enjoy.
“Patio entertaining is about keeping it simple and light with seasonal snacks that suit almost every taste,” says Prendergast. “This time of year Canadians have access to an incredible array of summer flavours, so with a little creativity, it’s easy to put a fresh spin on a salsa by using fruit to create a dip paired with tortilla chips, or a condiment topper for barbecued foods like grilled fish.”
Get your inspiration for fruit salsa from the beautiful colours found in the produce aisle of your local grocery store. Try mixing spicy salsa with watermelon or lime salsa with blueberries for a refreshing combination that will delight your guests.
Having a go-to source for your recipes is also an easy way to come up with ideas of what to serve when time is of the essence. Online recipe resources like Tostitos.ca have hundreds of ideas including this mango salsa.
Simple Mango Salsa
Serves 8 people
1 ripe mango
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup Tostitos salsa
1 bag Tostitos tortilla chips
Time – 10 minutes
Cut the mango in little cubes.
Combine mango, onion and salsa in a serving bowl.
Serve immediately with Tostitos chips.