Mango salsa is a favorite for any time of year and combines sweet and zesty flavors. There are many ways to prepare and serve mango salsa. The basic ingredients include mango, cilantro, lime juice, pepper and onion. However, there are many ways to make this delicious side dish, and popular variations include such ingredients as pineapple, coconut, curry, mint, tomato, cucumber and various spices, such as cumin and cinnamon.
Mango salsa is a perfect side dish for barbecued meats, chicken and fish. Given the popularity of the vegan and gluten-free diets, mango salsa provides an ideal low-carb, low-fat and gluten-free alternative to rice or couscous. In addition, these salsas include colorful vegetables and fruits that are rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals. A colorful, diverse assortment of fruits and vegetables provide phytonutrients that protect the body from illness and premature aging.
1. Basic Mango Salsa
Mango salsa is a fresh option for a healthy lunch in summer and helps bring cheer to the cooler months with a burst of fresh flavors. The smooth, sweet mango helps take the edge off the spiciness of the salsa for a balanced flavor sensation. This recipe uses only a few ingredients many people already have in their kitchens–if not, they are usually available at the corner store. You will need mangoes, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, peppers and onion. The amount you use can depend on personal taste, but a basic guideline is
- 2 mangoes, ripe
- ⅓ cup chopped onion
- 1 medium pepper, diced
- ¼ c. cilantro, washed and chopped
- 1 large lime or ¼ cup lime juice
- Jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt
The instructions are simple. Just combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss. Add the lime juice last.