A favorite at my house! We use it as a dip and topper to various dishes. We just can't get enough!
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5-Ingredient Mango Salsa Recipe
To make mango salsa doesn't mean swapping the tomato for mango in a regular salsa recipe. Instead, you create a new recipe based on what fits well and your preferred taste.
This mango salsa recipe uses just 5 ingredients: mango, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro and fresh lime juice.
It's a small batch and makes about 5 and a half servings - each serving is ½ cup.
The salsa is only as good as your mango, so use one that's perfectly ripe.
How to Pick a Mango
To pick a ripe mango, check:
1. the color - yellow and orange (for most mangoes) - green can still be present.
2. the texture - slightly soft when gently pressed (similar to a peach or avocado).
It's perfectly ripe when it's fragrant without being peeled. Sap may also ooze from the skin.
Thankfully, mangoes continue to ripen even after they've been picked from the tree, so even if the mango isn't ripe, it'll ripen in a few days. You can also speed up the process.
Make it Easier
I used this chopper to make this salsa, any every salsa. Here's a quick review video I did as well.
Also, it's much easier to chop a mango when it's cold, whether using a knife or chopper, so refrigerate the mango the night before if you can.
Mango Salsa Recipe Substitutions
Mango - can't be substituted, because then it wouldn't be mango salsa. BUT pineapple works well with these ingredients too.
Bell Pepper - red, orange or yellow work well in this salsa, but red bell pepper has a perfect balance of sweet and savory, and the color is a beautiful contrast to the mango.
Red Onion - shallot are similar enough to red onion in taste.
Cilantro - no substitute. You can make the salsa without cilantro and it'll still be good; just not extra special.
Fresh Lime Juice - no substitute. Lemon doesn't pair as well, and bottled lime juice will bring down the quality of the salsa.
Mango Salsa Recipe Additions
To keep it relatively low carb, avocado or black beans would be great, healthy additions. Keep in mind that the avocado browns from oxidation.
Mango salsa as a dip...
If you're thinking you can't use this salsa as a dip because the mango already has sugar and chips are too high carb, think again.
This recipe is different from other mango salsas in that it isn't loaded down with mango. The mango, onion and bell pepper are just about equal in portion, and that means it's lower carb than other mango salsa recipes.
When it comes to chips, there are a few brands that I love that are made with beans, and that means more protein and fewer and more nutritious carbs.
These are a few of my favorites - and if you pick the lime flavored chips, you don't need to add fresh lime juice to the salsa!
What to eat Mango Salsa with...
Chips are of course the obvious answer, but we LOVE it as a topper on roasted sweet potatoes - a must try!!
We also love it on:
- fish or shrimp tacos
- pulled pork
- grilled chicken
- burrito bowls
- just about any Mexican flavored dish
- and because this salsa is sweet and doesn't have jalapeno like other mango salsas, it pairs well with items that have a spicy kick, like blackened fish.
How to store mango salsa...
Store it in a closed container in the refrigerator and it'll last for up to a week and still taste fresh. The fresh lime juice helps with this and helps preserve the other ingredients.
If it tastes like the freshness has left, but the ingredients aren't spoiled, either chop a bit more fresh cilantro and add it, or squeeze a bit more lime and it'll liven right up.
Other salsa or mango recipes
- 1 large Mango (about 1 cup chopped)
- 1 medium Red Onion (about ¾ cup chopped)
- 1 each Lime
- 1 large Red Bell Pepper (about 1 cup chopped)
- ½ bunch Cilantro (about ⅓ cup chopped)
- Peel the skin off the mango and onion. Slice the lime in half, crosswise, and set aside.
- Chop the mango, bell pepper and onion into ¼-inch pieces. Put them into a bowl.
- Finely chop the cilantro and add it to the bowl.
- Squeeze the juice from the lime into the bowl. Stir all ingredients together well.