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This dish goes fast at holiday parties to pool parties. Good pear variety choices are Asian pear, Bartlett, Comice and Anjou, being all juicy and mellow. May be serve as a side dish with roast or smoked turkey or baked ham or chicken. VARIATION: Substitute 2 or 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger for the cilantro, parsley or mint.
- 1 -2 tablespoon mild-flavored oil (such as almond or grapeseed oil)
- 1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro or 1⁄4 cup Italian parsley or 1⁄4 cup fresh mint
- 1 -2 chili pepper, such as jalapeno, cored and finely chopped
- 1 -2 garlic clove, crushed
- 2 -3 tablespoons tequila (or juice of 1 lime)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch fresh ground black pepper
- 2 cups peeled and finely diced pears
- 1⁄2 medium red onion, finely diced
- 1 red bell peppers or 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and diced
- Whisk together in a medium-sized glass or porcelain bowl the oil, cilantro or parsley or mint, chile peppers, garlic, tequila, salt and the black pepper.
- Stir in the diced pear, onion and bell pepper and mix gently to combine well. Cover the bowl and marinate the salsa at least 3 hours, preferably at room temperature, and then cover and chill slightly, if desired.
- Variation: Substitute 2 or 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger for the cilantro, parsley or mint.