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Plantain Salsa with Citrus Vinaigrette

September 9, 2009 by Joan Nova in Mexican + Southwestern, Nuevo Latino | 14 Comments

Yellow rice and black beans are yummy in the tummy…but try adding plantain salsa made with a citrus vinaigrette for a new and brighter taste. It’s rice, beans and sweet plantains with an updated twist — and the fact is it was born out of leftover plantains made the traditional way.

It’s also good with grilled chicken, pork chops, over fried fish, in a ceviche, and alongside a grilled steak that has been drizzled with chimichurri sauce. Oh hell…just grab a tortilla chip and dig in!

Ingredients: Maduros (ripe yellow plantain), red onion, red pepper, scallions, cilantro, zest and juice of a lime, lemon and orange, S+P, olive oil, a dash of hot sauce and a drizzle of honey to balance the acidity of the citrus.
Method: Peel and slice the plantain in planks lengthwise. (Fry or bake – I chose to bake to save a few calories.) Remove from oven and cool. Meantime, finely chop red onion, red pepper, scallions and a good handful cilantro and place in bowl. Zest and juice all 3 citrus fruits and add to the bowl with the minced vegetables. Add S+P to taste, olive oil, a dash of hot sauce, and a drizzle of honey. Cut plantains into small pieces and add to salsa. Allowing the salsa to sit for a while (even overnight) enhances the melding of flavors.

I’m sending a heaping spoonful of this over to Ben at What’s Cooking? for his ‘home-made salsa event’.

NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. maria says:

    Beautiful dish Joan. Among my favorite flavor profiles and your presentation is gorgeous. I love the site updates–it’s been a while since I’ve been online and just got around to seeing your site and it looks great.

  2. Núria says:

    Uuuuuaaaauuuuu!!!! I can only say wow! What a change!!! I love the new design; so neat, clean and lightful!!! Que cambio Joan :D. I love it♥

    Love your dish girl! and your pictures and the salsa… felicidades por el cambio… really nice :D

  3. Love this dish Joan. It would give the poush I need to try plantains which I do see at the grocers this time of year.

  4. Ben says:

    Very nice! This salsa deserves a prominent place on my salsa parade :D Sweet and spicy salsas are the best.

  5. I love the idea of plantain salsa, sounds perfect with rice & black beans!

  6. elly says:

    Wow, this looks delicious! I am always on the lookout for new salsa recipes, and I am in love with plantains.

  7. Ivy says:

    What a lovely dish and so colourful. Great photos of this dish.

    • Joan says:

      I’m glad you thought ‘great photos’. Thanks! Tastespotting said ‘unflattering composition’ and foodgawker had ‘lighting/exposure’ issues. Grrrr!

  8. elra says:

    What a beautiful dish Joan. Love your photographs!

  9. i think your photos have gotten quite nice, joan. i am not a giant fan of plantains, but this looks good.

  10. nora@ffr says:

    soo beautiful!! i love the combo :)

  11. GREAT and creative addition to salsa w/ the maduros. i really love the idea!

  12. Erica says:

    I love, love, love plantains…..This is a great recipe. I must try it soon :)

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