I whipped this up yesterday based, as usual, on what fresh ingredients I had on hand that needed to be used up. I’m going to share a fantastic product with you that I have been using since it’s creation; Sister’s SASS sesame garlic marinade/dressing. I began my college career in Austin at the University of Texas, but didn’t finish until 2010 here at UTSA. Hey,,,,I’ve been a LITTLE busy! I lived in Austin for 15 years before relocating to the San Antonio area. My late husband Michael, and I were newlyweds in 1987 and I had just given birth to my first son. Soon after, I was expecting my second who was hatched in 1988. Colin, numba whan saaan, Jacob, numba two.
I was getting into “health foods”, supplements, “La Leche League” (we called it La Leaky League,,, 🙂 ) and began my long, dirty, stinky 10 year “hate” affair with the diaper industry. Too bad there weren’t some monetary dividends involved with that deal; I’d be friggin rich as “crap”, so to speak! Ha! I did save a little money (and I’m sure helped the environment) by using a local cloth diaper service for year, as I had two in diapers during this time. Whether or not I saved money remains to be seen, as I had to buy so much more air freshener for the house! After all that, I’m not sure how numba three and four saaaaaans ever came about. 🙂
The fusion of the fruits, fresh ginger, sriracha, and Sass dressing in this recipe lend it to a being a great accompaniment for fish or chicken dishes. I will be posting a twist on jerked chicken, when my eyes recover. Been dealing with some eyestrain issues and layed low today, trying not to even look at my phone! So if there’s issues with this post, such as spekling, er connttennt, jst blme me eyeblls. 🙂 Meanwhile, the late 80’s ushered in the “birth” of my love for cooking and thusly, I was devouring knowledge gleaned from various cookbooks and learning recipes while experimenting. Two of my cooking “bibles” at the time were “Whole Foods For The Whole Family, produced by La Leche League International and Jane Brody’s “Good Food Book”. I thought she was soooooo coooool! Consequently we started shopping at a then new grocery store concept; Whole Foods Market. This is where we discovered the Sister’s Sass sesame garlic dressing/marinade. I believe this was their first one and remains my favorite to this day. I could drink this stuff with a straw!!
I had Spencer pick me some up the other day while he was at HEB and I must say, whenever I taste it, I am immediately transported back to the “best” time of my life, even though then I would have debated this. Looking back, I know this to be true. Sisters now has a full line of other dressings and marinades and I’m so happy they were successful in their business and like to feel like I might have had some small part in that, by purchasing their product and talking about it, to this day, to other cooks.
So, since I had this in the fridge as I was throwing this recipe together, I knew it would be a fantastic flavor base for what I had going on. Here’s what I used. I didn’t have cilantro on hand, or that would have been included, for sure. I also would have added some avocado to make it more “complete” as a salad. If you use this more as a “salsa”, cut all the ingredients smaller, otherwise, roughly chop or dice for a salad. Enjoy and check out their great line of other products online at www.sassproducts.com, or at your local grocer. They are all over now, not just Whole Foods.
1 Mango, diced
1 C. fresh pineapple, chopped
1/4 C. purple onion, diced
1/4 C. cilantro, chopped (optional)
1 avocado, diced (optional, added right before serving)
1/2 C. seeded and diced orange, yellow, or red bell pepper (I used orange)
1 green onion, diced
1/2-1 tsp fresh ginger, grated or minced
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1 jalapeno, minced (more or less, depending on heat level desired)
1/2 orange, juiced
1/2 orange, diced
1/2 lime, juiced
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 C. Sisters Sass Garlic Sesame dressing/marinade
1 Tbsp. sriracha (or to taste)
kosher salt, to taste
white pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients(except optional avocado), refrigerate, and serve chilled. Great with fish, chicken, or as a complete salad on a bed of spring mix with some chow mein crispy noodles, or eat just straight outta the bowl, like I did!