This yummy mango mint salsa is bursting with fresh flavors from the juicy mango to the aromatic mint and cilantro, with a little jalapeño heat. Add it to your favorite fish tacos or scoop it up with tortilla chips.
Why you'll love this mango mint salsa
Sweet mango - ripe mango is rich in skin-friendly nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E. This sweet and juicy fruit encourages the production of collagen, speeds skin healing and may reduce signs of aging.
A versatile condiment - fresh mango mint salsa is a delicious and refreshing topping for a variety of dishes in the summer months or any time of the year. Use it as a condiment for grilled chicken breast, pork chops, grilled fish, shrimp, or topping baked sweet potatoes. It can also be used as a dip for tortilla chips, a simple salsa in mexican recipes or as a topping for salads.
Key ingredients and substitutions
- Ripe mango - sweet ripe and juicy mangos can be hard to find so take your time. Mango season runs from May to September with many varieties of mango to choose from.
- Chives - adds a slight garlicky note without an overwhelming onion flavor in this fresh salsa. Substitute with finely chopped red onion or scallions.
- Mint and cilantro - rich in antioxidants, herbs elevate the fresh flavor of any dish. Swap with other fresh herbs like fresh basil or parsley.
- Jalapeño - adds a little punch of heat. Wear gloves when chopping the jalapeño pepper. If too spicy, swap with anaheim peppers for a small bit of heat, red bell pepper or green pepper. For more heat, try a dash of hot sauce or some hot red pepper flakes.
- Fresh lemon juice - brightens the flavor of the salsa. Fresh lime juice and lime zest works well here too, or even a splash of apple cider vinegar in this mango-mint salsa dish.
See recipe card below for all ingredients and quantities.
Expert tip and variations
Use ripe and sweet mangoes - when making mango salsa, it's important to use ripe and sweet mangoes. Look for mangoes that are slightly soft to the touch and have a fruity aroma.
Add some heat - to balance out the sweetness of the mangoes and the freshness of the mint, you can add a little heat to the salsa. Use diced jalapeño or serrano peppers, or even a pinch of cayenne pepper, depending on your preference.
Let it chill - once you've combined all the ingredients, let the salsa chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Add some protein - mixing in a ½ cup of black beans is a perfect way to add protein and dietary fiber, making this mango salsa recipe into a more nutritious simple appetizer. Perfect companion side dish or light main course.
Store - salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
How to make fresh mango salsa
- In a medium bowl combine diced mango, fresh chives, fresh mint, fresh cilantro, jalapeño, ginger and fresh lemon juice. Gently toss.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Mango Mint Salsa: FAQs
1. Look for external signs - the skin of a ripe mango should be smooth and free from bruises or blemishes. And it should be bright and vibrant.
2. Smell it - ripe mangoes have a sweet, fruity aroma at the stem end.
3. Give it a gently squeeze - if the mango is slightly soft to the touch it's likely ripe.
4. Check the stem - if the stem should be easy to remove, it's likely ripe.
5. Consider the ripening stage - if you plan to eat the mango right away, then look for fresh mangoes that are fully ripe. If you want to store it for a few days, look for a mango that is slightly underripe and let it ripen at room temperature.
If you don't like the taste of cilantro, substitute with other fresh herbs with a similar flavor profile to make a tasty salsa without cilantro.
1. Parsley is the most common substitute for cilantro. It has a mild fresh flavor that pairs well with the sweetness of the mangoes.
2. Basil has a sweet and slightly spicy flavor.
3. Mint has a fresh, cool flavor that can add a refreshing taste to this delicious mango salsa.
4. Arugula has a peppery taste that can provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of the mangoes.
5. Chives have a mild onion-like flavor that can add a subtle depth to fresh mango salsa.
Mangoes have a large, flat seed in the center, which can make them tricky to cut. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to cut a mango:
1. Stand the mango on its end with the stem facing up.
2. With a sharp knife, slice off the two fleshy cheeks of the mango by cutting straight down on either side of the seed.
3. Score the flesh of each cheek with a knife in a crosshatch pattern, making sure not to cut through the skin side.
4. Invert the cheek so that the scored flesh pops out, and cut off the cubes of mango flesh with a knife or spoon.
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Mango Mint Salsa
- 1 medium bowl
- 2 ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and diced
- ½ cup fresh chives, chopped
- ⅔ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
- ⅓ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1-2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and deveined, small dice
- 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
- 1 organic lemon, juiced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix: Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl and gently mix.
- Season: Season with salt and pepper to taste.