Mango salsa is a colorful fruit dip to serve with chips or as a condiment to compliment your choice of protein. Each tasty bite consists of fresh mangoes, red bell pepper, avocado, red onion, jalapenos, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
Mango salsa is a quick and healthy appetizer or condiment to add on top of chicken or seafood for a burst of fresh flavor. When mangoes are in season from spring to summer, the sweet and slightly tart fruit is perfect to add to your daily meals to brighten them up.
This fresh mango salsa recipe is composed of seven ingredients, with flavors and textures that complement each other perfectly. A mix of chopped mangoes, avocado, bell pepper, jalapenos, and cilantro makes an irresistibly sweet and tangy combination. This delicious salsa is easy to prepare and loaded with bold taste and vibrant colors. It’s like a party on a plate!
Whenever I’m in a bit of food rut and looking to jazz up my weekly menu, I look to making fresh mango salsa. The fruity mixture instantly turns a boring piece of protein into an exciting dish.
Some people may feel a little intimidated on how to cut a mango, but it’s straightforward! Once the ripe, juicy and orange-colored flesh is revealed, a few simple cuts make for a delicious base for salsa.
Red bell pepper and diced red onions add an earthy flavor and extreme crunch factor, while avocado adds creaminess to the dip. Minced jalapeno adds just a hint of spiciness.
Chopped cilantro adds an herbaceous note. However, I often substitute fresh mint leaves if I want a more Caribbean flavor. A twist of zesty lime balances the salsa and helps to infuse all the flavors harmoniously together.
Mango salsa is perfect to serve with chips or crispy plantains for a seasonal appetizer. It’s ideal for the summer barbecue season with grilled chicken, fish or shrimp. My family loves adding salsa to fish tacos. If you’re on the Whole30 or Paleo diet, it’s a great addition to making mealtime more interesting!
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The benefits of lime juice
Some fruits like avocado are very sensitive to oxidation, where you see the brown color change on the surface soon after its cut. This becomes more prevalent when chopped into smaller pieces for salsa. The lime juice contains citric acid which makes it taste sour but also helps reverse the oxidation reaction. That’s why lime juice is added to the salsa, for flavor and color preservation!
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- 2 cups diced mango, ¼-inch dice
- 1 cup diced red bell pepper, ¼-inch dice
- ¼ cup diced red onion, ⅛-inch dice
- 2 teaspoons minced jalapenos
- ⅓ cup cilantro leaves, packed, chopped
- 1 medium avocado, ¼-inch dice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- In a medium-sized bowl combine mango, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapenos, and chopped cilantro.
- Add diced avocado and lime juice. Gently stir until combined.
- Serve salsa immediately.
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Recipe Yield: 4 cups
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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