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Easy Cucumber Cilantro Mango Salsa Recipe

Updated on April 21, 2013
Mango Salsa Recipe
Mango Salsa Recipe | Source

Mango Salsa

Mango salsa can be made sweet or fiery - this recipe straddles the line with a little heat to balance the sweet mango and a bit of crunch from quick pickled cucumbers and onions. Perfect on fish, over beans and rice, or on its own, this mango salsa recipe is a quick way to add a tropical feel to your next meal!

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Yes, mangos are related to poison ivy. If you've ever handled or eaten a mango and broken out, you're just allergic to chemicals in the skin, not the fruit's flesh, itself. Check out my tips on how to peel a mango if you're allergic!

Mango Salsa Ingredients

  • 1 mango
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 a red onion or sweet white onion
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro
  • 1 lime or 3 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Salt and pepper, if desired, to taste

To make the mango salsa even more crunchy and delicious, use my quick pickled cucumber onion salad recipe, drain away the excess vinegar from pickling, and add it instead of the un-pickled cucumber and onion.

I got these Swiss peelers for my birthday last year and they are awesome! They quickly, easily cut away anything's peel without gouging out the fruit or vegetable's tasty bits!

Mango Salsa Recipe

1. Peel and dice your mango. You can dice it very fine now, or you can throw everything in a food processor or blender for a few seconds after combining all the ingredients. I prefer to chop the mango and place about 1/4 of the salsa in the blender to create a chunky but cohesive finished product.

2. Peel, core, and chop one cucumber, or follow my instructions for quick pickled cucumbers. I really recommend the pickled cucumbers for a little added zing and crunch, and the recipe only takes about 20 extra minutes. If you use the pickled cucumbers, drain away any excess vinegar before adding them or the salsa will become too acidic.

3. Finely chop half a red onion, or a sweet onion, if you would prefer. If you are using the quick pickles, this is not necessary because the onion is included in that recipe, too.

Quick pickled cucumbers and onions with chopped salsa.
Quick pickled cucumbers and onions with chopped salsa. | Source

4. Carefully cut the jalapeño in half, core it, and dice it fine. If you want extra heat, retain the seeds and add them to the salsa. For milder salsa, discard the seeds and use only the pepper's flesh.

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Cut open the jalapeño and clean out the seeds. Chop the jalapeño finely.
Cut open the jalapeño and clean out the seeds.
Cut open the jalapeño and clean out the seeds. | Source
Chop the jalapeño finely.
Chop the jalapeño finely. | Source

5. Wash the cilantro and chop the leaves until you have about 1/4 of chopped cilantro. You can use more or less, to taste, but don't skimp because the leaves help offset the acidify from some of the other ingredients.

Chop about 1/4 cup of cilantro, or more, to taste.
Chop about 1/4 cup of cilantro, or more, to taste. | Source

6. Toss all the ingredients in a bowl with 1 teaspoon of sugar and 3 tablespoons of lime juice. If you did not use the quick pickled cucumbers and onions, add about half a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, too. Add a pinch of salt, if you want to. I do not add salt, but I also don't each much salt and am not accustomed to it. If you're used to saltier foods, you will probably want to add some to the salsa!

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. | Source

7. Refrigerate for at least half an hour, preferably longer, to allow the flavors to meld. Wait until after the salsa has rested before pureeing any of it as the mango and cucumbers may weep some additional liquid, especially if you added salt. If desired, use a food processor or blender to chop the salsa more finely or, as I suggested above, puree a portion of it and mix it back in with the main portion of the salsa to create an end product that is both chunky and cohesive.

Mango salsa, unpureed.
Mango salsa, unpureed. | Source

Mango Salsa

And there you have it! Fresh, delicious mango salsa. I think it is tasty on black beans and rice (or plain rice!), fish, fish tacos, and even on tortilla chips. This side is incredibly healthy - mangos are rich in vitamin A, several B vitamins, beta-carotine, and fiber. Additionally, onions and cilantro provide vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as many minerals. Who knew healthy eating could taste so good?

For added sweetness, use pineapple juice instead of lime juice, or include crushed pineapple in the salsa mixture. You can also add chopped bell pepper, for a little extra crunch and a less acidic salsa. I hope you enjoy the recipe and please let me know if you have any questions!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Yahoo! I'm so glad you liked it!!

      Mango on waffles sounds delicious. I have so many mangos right now it's crazy! I should totally make some sort of waffle/pancake topping!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Natasha, update: I made this tonight. We had it over rice, and I made Missolive's "Pechuga Monterrey" to go with it. The entire meal was a success :) I have never made a salsa like that, and it hit the spot.

      I bought a second mango today, and will make the mango/Greek yogurt pops tonight, so we can have it tomorrow. It will be our third day in the 90s, so it'll officially be considered a heat wave.

      I used to make homemade waffles, and top them with mangos. Up until recently, I haven't made many different meals with them.

      I hope you're having a fabulous evening!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! I have a couple of the ingredients growing in my back yard and I was thinking about this recipe yesterday. Glad you liked it!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      a mouthwatering salsa after a heavy meal. Love the photos and elaborate steps you had explained very well. Nice hub. Voted up

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Oooh, I should check that out!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Natasha if you need a few mango ideas I have a hub on mango face pack recipe with 2 recipes, if you are stuck!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      My man's Cuban, so I tend to think of life in terms of rice and beans. =p

      Unfortunately, I have half a honeydew mellon in the fridge right now that I bought on sale and can't bring myself to eat. I had the other half and remembered there's a reason I don't buy the things!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for the votes, sharing, and pinning! I really appreciate it. I currently have a mango tree in the back yard. I need to come up with more mango ideas!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks great! I just bought a mango, although I can't remember what it is that I was going to make with it. I think I'll try this sometime soon. Healthy, and I like the idea of having it with rice and beans. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Natasha,

      Another great recipe from you! Love cucumber, onion and mango so this is a winner to try and will be great now we are into summer. Looks so appealing in your photos and sounds delicious! Great job, voted up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      When you make up some quick pickles, the little crunch makes such a nice contrast to the mango! I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping in.

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

      I love mango salsa, but never tried it with a cucumber in it. I'm going to have to give this a try. Thanks for the share.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for stopping in! I just enjoyed a mango a couple of minutes ago and was wondering what else I could make with them. =)

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      Easy Life Meal & Party Planning 4 years ago

      Love your mango salsa recipe. It looks delicious. Thank you for sharing on the BBQ Block Party and hope you bring one of your fabulous recipes next week!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you and I'm glad you're enjoying!

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      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 4 years ago

      This looks wonderful. Just read your hub on burgers, will have to try this salsa real soon. So glad to have found your hubs.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Oh, that sounds nice! I'll have to try drying some after I move to Hawaii.

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      Alise- Evon 4 years ago

      This sounds great. I love mangoes. I found out they are really easy for me to sun-dry, too. It's nice to have some recipes for fresh mangoes, though, also. Thanks.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      It sure is! I hope you get to try it soon and thanks for stopping in!

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      Jeni 4 years ago

      This salsa sounds so yummy!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I had some mangos yesterday and they were awesome! I hope you enjoy yours.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      This looks yummy and easy. Mangos on the menu for today! Voted up.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice! The name makes me think it's probably like a place we have called Qudoba. I hope you enjoy!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      Near my husband's work is a place called Baja Fresh. They have a mango salsa that is to die for. On occasion, I'll drive up near his work and meet him there on his lunch break. I am definitely going to give this a try!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I agree, teaches. The combination of sweet, spicy, crunchy, and the cool of cucumber just seem magical together.

      I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it, randomcreative! You may want to use a food processor or chop it a little more finely than I show in the pictures for a true salsa experience, I just like it really chunky and ready to eat with a spoon!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love mango salsa but have never made it myself. I may get inspired now! Thanks for the great recipe.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love it! Anything that has a little spice and fruit is always a great salad dish. I think it's the cucumber that really adds a special flavor to these types of salad recipes. Thanks for the share.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Like you guessed, the 'colorful line' is cropped from one of the photos of the phone creation. To make it into a divider, simply add a full width photo capsule and insert the long, narrow picture!

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      devisree 4 years ago from India

      Neatly written with colorful photos.Voted up.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for stopping in and voting!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Voted up! I love the ingredients. I want to make this at home. Thanks!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice! About the mango tree, that is. My guy's parents have one, too.

      I have been eating this salsa on chips all day long! It is so tasty. I love how the sweet, tangy, crispy, and acidic flavors all combine so well with one another.

      Thanks for commenting and voting!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Natasha this ones fabulous..love mango & turning it into salsa..will have to try yours..btw you will be green with envy for sure but my daughter has a mango tree in her back yard & @ Xmas we had too many to eat!!

      (I know you feel sorry for me right:) VUUAB & shared..cheers

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I love cilantro. I've actually made like a cilantro tea before. It tastes kind of green, but it's super healthy! I can't wait to have more of this salsa, but I'm making myself go running before I have lunch. =(

      Thanks for stopping in and voting!

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      I love mango & (call me a weirdo, but) I actually like cilantro a great deal as well! This mango salsa seems to be a yummy dish and easy to prepare - also, healthy and refreshing! A perfect combination of flavors! Thanks for sharing it with us, Natashalh!

      Voted up, useful and interesting!

      Cheers!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks!

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      mothercristina 4 years ago

      looks delish and i love the pictures to go with it

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I hope you both enjoy it! It has such a delightful crisp and little bit of kick. Thanks fot stopping in, sydneyspence and DDE.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hmm a lovely combination with cucumber and mango, it looks a good treat.

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      Sydney Spence 4 years ago from Austin Texas

      Yum! Looks great! Can't wait to try this :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! I'm glad to know you find it pleasing. It's a super easy recipe, so I'm sure you can make it =)

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Natasha

      This looks fabulous and I think even I could throw it together. Great pics and layout.

      Thanks for sharing,

      MJ.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for stopping by! It is pretty nice. =)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe, Natasha!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! It would probably go well on pork chops, now that I think about it. Mmmm, some nice mango salsa on a grilled pork chop.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This looks great andwould be a wonderful addition to fish and other meat. Thanks and voting up and pinning.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks!

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      Diana Rambles 4 years ago

      Looks amazing!!