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Spicy Banana Salsa Recipe – And The 1st Annual Food Blogger Prop Swap!

Spicy banana salsa recipe

About a month ago, I signed up for the first annual Food Blogger Prop Swap, hosted by Alyssa of www.EverydayMaven.com and Faith of www.AnEdibleMosaic.com. I sent a box of props to a food blogger and received a box in return.

If you spend any time photographing food, then you know how important props are. The right dish, place mat, or prop can make an otherwise drab photo unforgettable. I still have so much to learn about food photography, but I am enjoying the trial-and-error stage.

And getting a fresh box of props in the mail certainly won’t hurt the creative process.

Food blogger prop swap

I was beyond excited to receive my box in the mail. I didn’t know who or where it would be coming from. To my pleasure and surprise, my box came from blogger that I already follow: Maya from Alaska From Scratch. Lucky me!

(If you’re curious, I sent my box of props to Bobbi from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen.)

Included in my box was a fun assortment of items that I can use for photo styling:

  • A bamboo bowl (which I used when photographing this banana salsa)
  • A piece of fabric with a pretty bird pattern
  • A piece of burlap
  • A red and black bowl/plate set
  • A small plate with a leaf print
  • An empty jasmine tea bin

Food blogger prop swap

Thank you so much Maya! I enjoyed getting this eclectic mix of props from you – all the way from Alaska! I will put them to good use.

About the Salsa

I threw together this quick and easy salsa recipe for a Father’s Day get-together. Bananas are one of my favorite go-to ingredients for budget cooking. Awhile ago, I posted a recipe for a fruit salsa containing grapes. I thought I would try a similar recipe with bananas.

Spicy banana salsa recipe

The salsa was fresh, slightly sweet and just a little bit spicy. Although I photographed the salsa with plantain chips, I think I prefer tortilla chips. The salty chip contrasted nicely with the slightly sweet fruit salsa. Give this recipe a try for your next summer potluck, or try using it as a topping for grilled chicken or fish tacos.

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Spicy Banana Salsa Recipe

Yield: 1 1/2 cups spicy banana salsa

Prep Time: 15 min

Avoid using ripe bananas for this recipe. If you use a banana that is too soft, the salsa will end up mushy. For best results, look for a slightly green banana.

Ingredients:

1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 small piece of ginger, grated
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 bananas (see notes above)
Juice from 1 1/2 limes
Pinch of salt

Directions:

Combine red pepper, jalapeño, green onions, shallot, ginger, brown sugar, and olive oil in a small mixing bowl. Chop bananas into bite-sized pieces. Place in a separate bowl. Pour lime juice over bananas and toss to coat. Add bananas to the rest of the ingredients. Add salt to taste. Serve within an hour with plantain chips or tortilla chips.

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16 Responses to “Spicy Banana Salsa Recipe – And The 1st Annual Food Blogger Prop Swap!”

  1. 1

    Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious — June 17, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    Funny, I always think of those bamboo bowls as restaurant salsa bowls, and look what you did with it! Well done!

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — June 17, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Oh what a great box of goodies you received! How fun! So glad to have discovered your blog through this event. That banana salsa is so unique and looks really incredible! Beautiful photos, too! Hope we all get to do this again! : )

    • Haley replied: — June 17th, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

      Thanks Anne! Such a fun event!

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    Tara — June 17, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    I love the bamboo bowl and the red/black bowl set! My husband would love this salsa.

    • Haley replied: — June 17th, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

      I know – I lucked out and received a great box of props!

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    Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme Honey - Alaska from ScratchAlaska from Scratch — June 17, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    [...] and deciding which items to send. I sent a box of goodies all the way to Minnesota to Hayley from Cheap Recipe Blog. Then, a couple of days later, I received a fantastically fun box of props from the wonderful [...]

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    Marlene @Nosh My Way — June 17, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    Great display of props and put to great use already.

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    Nancy Buchanan — June 17, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    Oooh…. love those props and like Dorothy, love what you did with the “salsa bowl”… not to mention what’s in it!! Definitely going to have to try this one!!

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    Karen Harris — June 17, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    This salsa looks wonderful and the bowl is the perfect accent. Love your photo. The prop swap is a genius idea.

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven) — June 17, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    Nice loot Haley!

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    Christy@SweetandSavoring — June 18, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    The title of the post caught my eye right away- never heard of using bananas in salsa and I’m totally intrigued! And what a good way to use un-ripe bananas!

    • Haley replied: — June 19th, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

      Thanks Christy! Now on to other fruit salsas… :)

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    liz | carpe season — June 19, 2013 @ 3:35 am

    Oh my goodness – I love this idea! Bummed to have missed out on it; I”ll keep my eyes peeled for next year!

    • Haley replied: — June 19th, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

      Shoot. I thought about emailing you with the info, but lost track of time. Next time!

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    Rinku — June 19, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Nice! What a fun assortment of stuff! The salsa looks amazing!

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    Joanne T Ferguson — June 20, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    G’day! What a fun swap, TRUE!
    You have some lovely props that have now been swapped too!
    Cheers! Joanne
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