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Mango Salsa

Sweet, spicy, and easy to make- serve fresh mango salsa as a dip or top chicken, fish, tacos, or salad; it’s so good you’ll want to eat it with a spoon. 

Preparing uncooked vegetables and fruit for salsa dates back to pre-Colombian times in Central and South America; historically, salsa is a staple in Aztec, Mayan, and Incan cuisine.


  • Onion: I prefer the sharpness of red onion in this recipe, and the color creates a beautiful presentation.
  • Jalapeño: When making salsa for a large gathering, jalapeños are my chili of choice since they’re less spicy. If you love jalapeños but crave more spice, leave the seeds and membrane intact when chopping them or use a habanero for more heat.
  • Lime: I use the zest of one lime and juice from two limes to flavor our mango salsa recipe.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil works alongside the citrus to create a balance of flavors.
  • Cilantro: This highly debated herb flavors the side, but leave it out if it’s not your thing, and try basil instead.
  • Tomato: I use deseeded Roma tomatoes since they have less liquid than other varieties.
  • Mangos: Ripe mangos yield the best results.
  • Salt + Pepper


Ripe, not overly ripe, mangos work best, and here’s how to find them!

  • LOOK – Color is more of an indicator of the type of mango and has less to do with ripeness. Instead, look for a more rounded shape.
  • TOUCH – The outside of the mango should feel soft but not mushy.
  • SMELL – A ripe mango will have a fruity aroma near the stem.
A bowl of fresh mango.


  • Follow our guide for How to Cut a Mango.
  • If you don’t have access to ripe mangos, leave unripened mangos on the countertop at room temperature; they will take a few days to ripen. 


If you love this recipe, we hope you will try one of these salsas and dips!  


What to eat with mango salsa?

Blackened Mahi-Mahi
• Chicken
• Shrimp, Fish, or Black Bean Tacos
• Salmon
Carne Asada Street Tacos
• Cilantro Lime Rice
Jerk Chicken
• Tortilla Chips + Crackers
Chopped Salad
Peruvian Chicken
• Plantain Chips
• Burrito Bowls
• Quesadillas
Peruvian Baked Chicken Legs

Top blackened mahi mahi with fresh mango salsa and serve it with a side salad.

How should I store the leftovers?

If you end up with any leftovers (I highly doubt you will), mango salsa will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days stored in an air-tight container.


Mango Salsa

Tressa Jamil
Colorful and full-of-flavor, mango salsa uses fresh mango, jalapeño, onion, tomato, and lime juice to create a delicious side, topping, or garnish you'll want to serve with everything.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Dip, Salsa, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 tbsp
Calories 103 kcal


  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeño, stem and seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice, about 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato, deseeded, and finely diced
  • 3 mangos, peeled and chopped
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, coarse ground, to taste


  • Add onion, jalapeño, lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cilantro to a serving bowl, and stir to combine.
  • Then, gently fold in the tomatoes and mangos, careful not to over mix. Then, store it in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving it for maximum flavor.


  • Refrigerate Before Serving: For best results, make the salsa ahead of time and leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. It’s so worth the wait! 
  • Unripened Mangos: If you don’t have access to ripe mangos, leave unripened mangos on the countertop at room temperature; they will take a few days to ripen. 
  • Chopping Suggestions: Finely dice all the ingredients apart from the mango for the perfect contrast in flavor and texture. If you need help preparing mangos for this salsa, check out our How to Cut a Mango guide.
  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.


Serving: 4 TablespoonsCalories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSodium: 298mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18g
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