Mango Salsa Recipe

August 11, 2019 (Updated: August 17, 2019) By Aneesha |

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Light, refreshing and colorful, this Mango Salsa is perfect for dipping and elevates your favorite grilled protein. This easy to customize 10-minute recipe is a delicious combination of sweet mangoes, crunchy peppers and onions, and zesty lime juice.

Fresh mango salsa garnished with lime and cilantro

10-Minute Appetizer Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

I love recipes that come together in no time and taste like a million bucks. THIS is one of those!

All you need to do in this simple yet elegant appetizer is peel and cut mango, chop up peppers, onions, jalapeno and cilantro and just toss everything together with lime and seasoning. That’s it!

I serve it with an assortment of store-bought tortilla chips- blue, yellow and white, and it just elevates a regular ‘chips and dip’ to a fancy appetizer that adults and kids enjoy alike!

Scooping mango salsa with blue corn tortilla chip

Ingredients Needed for Mango Salsa

All you need is a handful of fresh ingredients for this incredibly tasty relish. Sweet mangoes (not too ripe), chopped onions and peppers of your choice. Lime juice, chopped cilantro, salt and some paprika is all it needs.

ingredients needed to mango salsa on a cutting board
Ingredients for Mango Salsa

How to Pick Mangoes for this Recipe

The ideal mango for this recipe is not ‘too’ ripe and doesn’t have too much give. What that means is, when you hold the mango in your hand, it shouldn’t be so ripe that you can easily squeeze it. It should be a bit firm to the touch.

I prefer to make this recipe with fresh mangoes as they tend to be more sweet in the season. That being said, this recipe can also be made with frozen and thawed mangoes.

How to Cut Mango

Mango has a big oval shaped seed in the middle which is inedible. You have to cut around that seed and separate the flesh from the seed to eat it. Here are step by step instructions on how to cut mango for this recipe. As with any fruit, wash and dry it before use.

  • Identify the slim oval shaped seed in the center of the mango (marked ‘2’ in the picture #1 below). When you hold the mango pit side up, the width of the seed extends through the center about 1/2 an inch on either side horizontally. (pic 1)
  • Lay it flat on a cutting board using your non-dominant hand. With the knife in your dominant hand, slice off the peel and pit. (pic 2 & 3)
  • Flip it and remove a thin slice at the slim side as well. This helps stabilize the mango when you stand it up on a cutting board. (pic 4)
  • Peel the mango using a vegetable peeler. Stand the mango on a cutting board with the wide side (pit side) down. (pic 5 & 6)
  • You have to cut the mango on either side of the seed, into thirds- two mango cheeks and the center seed. (Pic 7)
  • Holding the mango firmly at the top, cut on one side, a little less than 1/2 inch away from the center. (pic 8)
Step by step instructions showing how to Cut Mango
  • Turn around the mango and cut on the other side of the seed. (pic 9)
  • Holding down the seed, cut on either side of the seed to separate the thin pulp around it. (pic 10)
  • Lay the mango cheek flat side down and thinly slice it. (pic 11)
  • Rotate the mango 90 degrees and slice across it, chopping the mango. (pic 12)
Step by step instructions showing how to Cut Mango

How to Make Mango Salsa

Let’s see how easy it is to make this easy-peasy crowd-pleaser. I find it easy to do all the prep first and then assemble the ingredients.

1. Prep and Chop

Start by chopping mangoes, red peppers (or green/yellow), jalapeno (can skip for mild taste), onion and cilantro. Try to match the size of all these ingredients, it not only looks pretty this way, but also ensures a balanced flavor in each bite.

2. Assemble in a bowl

Add the chopped mango, onion, pepper, jalapeno and cilantro in a large mixing bowl.

Adding chopped mango to a large mixing bowl
Adding chopped cilantro to mango, onion and red pepper

3. Add seasoning to the salsa

Salt and paprika are the only two seasonings I use in this recipe. Add those to the mixing bowl.

Seasoning the chopped salsa ingredients with chili powder

4. Add fresh lime juice

I squeeze in some fresh lime juice now. I highly recommend using FRESH lime for this recipe. The plastic concentrate does not taste the same.

Squeezing in fresh lime juice to to chopped mango, peppers and onions

5. Toss to combine

Using a spatula gently toss to mix all the ingredients. Taste to check seasoning and add more to suit your preference.

Gently mixing all the chopped ingredients in the bowl
A bowl of colorful mango salsa dip

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Pro-Tips for a Delicious Mango Salsa:

  1. Pick a mango that is not ‘too’ ripe and doesn’t have too much give. That means when you hold the mango in your hand, it shouldn’t be so ripe that you can easily squeeze it. It should be a bit firm to the touch.
  2. It is best to make this recipe using fresh mangoes.  But it can certainly be made with frozen and thawed mango as well.
  3. When making this ahead of time, assemble all chopped ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate.  Add lime juice and seasoning 5-10 mins before serving.
A bowl of colorful mango salsa dip

You Can Make Peach or Pineapple Salsa Using This Recipe

If you’re a huge fan of fruit salsas like me, you’ll most likely love Peach Salsa and Pineapple Salsa. The best part about this recipe is that it is super versatile and can be customized based on your liking!

Simply substitute equal parts of chopped fresh peach, or chopped pineapple in this recipe and enjoy a bowl of your favorite fruit salsa! That simple! I wouldn’t recommend the canned stuff here as that makes the salsa too sweet.

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Fresh mango salsa garnished with lime and cilantro

Mango Salsa Recipe

Light, refreshing and colorful, this Mango Salsa compliments your favorite protein and is perfect for dipping. This easy to customize 10-minute recipe is a delicious combination of sweet mangoes, crunchy peppers and onions, and zesty lime juice.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 37kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mango, finely chopped (about 2 large mangoes)
  • ½ cup red pepper, finely chopped (or 2 mini sweet peppers)
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 2 tbsp jalapeños, de-seeded and finely chopped (about 1 large jalapeño)
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (1 lime)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp paprika (NOT smoked)

Instructions

  • Prep: Peel and chop mangoes, red peppers (or green/yellow), jalapeno (can skip for mild taste), onion and cilantro. Try to match the size of all these ingredients, it not only looks pretty this way, but also ensures a balanced flavor in each bite.
  • All the chopped mango, onion, pepper, jalapeno and cilantro in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add salt and paprika to the mixing bowl.
  • Squeeze in some fresh lime juice. I highly recommend using FRESH lime for this recipe. The plastic concentrate does not taste the same and affects the taste of this salsa.
  • Using a spatula gently toss to mix all the ingredients. Taste to check seasoning and add more to suit your preference.

Video

Notes

Pro-Tips for a Delicious Mango Salsa:
  1. Pick a mango that is not ‘too’ ripe and doesn’t have too much give. That means when you hold the mango in your hand, it shouldn’t be so ripe that you can easily squeeze it. It should be a bit firm to the touch.
  2. It is best to make this recipe using fresh mangoes.  But it can certainly be made with frozen and thawed mango as well.
  3. When making this ahead of time, assemble all chopped ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate.  Add lime juice and seasoning 5-10 mins before serving.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 32.8mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Mango Relish, Mango Salsa Recipe
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