Ahh – this Mango Salsa. It hits you with sweetness from the Mango, tanginess from the lime, pungent flavor from the onions, heatness from the pepper, and it is all brought together by the incredible flavor of Cilantro. Do I have your mouth-watering attention?! 😂
This Mango Salsa is perfect for your – you guessed it – BBQ season. It pairs super well with grilled veggies, grilled cheese, and if you do eat meat or fish – it tastes amazing with that as well. You could also not use it as a Salsa, but rather as a salad. Whatever makes your taste buds sing 😉.
Now, this Salsa (according to my hubster) lives by the fact that everything is very small and finely cut. I am going to be the first one to admit that that is not an easy task for me, as I simply do not have the patience. Be warned and try your best by cutting everything really, really fine. For the Mango, this can be done easiest by cutting sideways alongside the stone and then finely cutting a chessboard pattern into the flesh. Gently “flip” the Mango open from the back and simply cut across the top in order to gather the individual pieces (I provided a picture below).
Why is this Mango Salsa good for you?
Sweet, sweet Mango. I remember the first time, I very consciously ate Mango, which was when I was in my early twenties on a backpacking trip to the Philippines. I had never tasted something so ripe and sweet before. It was divine 💫. Mango is a stone fruit, which explains why it has that rather large seed in the middle of it. It packs a ton of nutrients and is particularly high in Vitaminc C and A. The Vitamin A in Mangos is not only beneficial for your eyesight. It also supports your immune system and may aid in lowering infections.
Mango is also a great source of antioxidants. One of these antioxidants, called “mangiferin”, is so powerful that it is sometimes called a super antioxidant (albeit I would like to mention that all antioxidants are awesome!! 😍). I have only mentioned a few benefits here, Mangos are awesome and so delicious – so go and buckle up on this gorgeousness! 😋
Cilantro, or Coriander, as it can also be called is one of those herbs that is either loved or hated by people. This herb is mainly used in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Indian cuisines and boasts some impressive health benefits! Cilantro is loaded with antioxidants some of which have been shown to fight against inflammation in the body. There have been studies on Cilantro in relation to skin health as well and it may help in protecting you against ultra-violet B rays, as well as sun damage 🤗! By the way – some people feel like Cilantro tastes like soap. This is possible very disturbing and not nice. The reason for people tasting soap is dependent on a genetic factor and not just your friend “hiding that s/he does not like your dish” 🤣.
This zingy little fruit is the (invisible) star of this Mango Salsa! Limes are a powerhouse in Vitamin C and also contain small amounts of Vitamin B6, Iron, Calcium, Thiamine, and Potassium. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in supporting your immune system and staying healthy. It also supports your skin health as you need Vitamin C in order to produce Collagen. Limes also contain a lot of antioxidants, which combat free radicals and oxidative stress. This may help with lowering premature skin aging.
How can I adjust this recipe to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and suitable for the paleo lifestyle (unless Mango contains too much sugar for you). Enjoy this recipe in its full glory! 🥰
And there you have it for this week! I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous Salsa and may it be a great companion for your entire BBQ summer season 😍. As always, please do send me your pictures – I love hearing from you and seeing you make the recipes fills me with so, so much joy and gratitude!
Mango SalsaCourse: SideCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy
Zesty, fresh and oh-so-delicious! This Mango Salsa is perfect to be eaten on its own or paired with grilled veggies, cheese, fish, or chicken.
½ medium red onion, or 1 small one
2 limes (take zest of 1)
1 small pepper (hot)
Handful of coriander
- Start by cutting the mango into small pieces. Once done, add to a bowl
- Cut the red onion very finely (the finer the better) and add to the bowl with the mango
- Zest one of the limes and then juice both to be added to the mango-onion mixture
- Now cut the small green pepper very finely. You might want to take out the seeds depending on how much ‘hotness’ you can handle ;). Add to the bowl
- Roughly wash and chop the coriander and add as well to the salsa.
- Mix everything well. If you want you can let the flavors melt a bit in the fridge (for about an hour or so). Dig in and ENJOY!