This mango salsa is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, and it’s delicious flavor is enhanced by a honey lime juice. It’s perfect for chips, or for topping chicken or fish. This salsa is perfect for summer!
This week, I will be teaching a salsa making class at a local university. It’s for a date night, and I’m really excited — though I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’m a little bit nervous. I love making salsa, but I don’t have any formal culinary training, so hopefully, it goes well. Either way, I think the people coming to the class, and any of you who try this recipe will love it!
This mango salsa is more like a mango pico de gallo. It’s mainly just fresh mangoes and veggies chopped up and mixed with a yummy honey-lime sauce. It really takes only a few minutes to make (plus about 30 minutes of chill time), and it goes great with so many dishes. We love eating it with chips and salsa, but it also goes great on chicken or fish, or nachos. It has the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, and it’s so colorful! I’m always hearing that the more colorful your food is, the healthier it usually is for you (excluding Skittles.)
I decided to add a honey-lime twist to it, simply because…I love that flavor combination! Most recipes I’ve seen for mango salsas just use lime or lemon, but I think the honey adds a little bit more flavor and delicious-ness. Also, if you aren’t a huge fan of something being spicy, be sure to de-seed your jalapeno, or consider omiting it all together.
Before I get to the recipe, I thought I’d share a brief tutorial on cutting mangoes. It’s actually a little trickier than you might think.
You see, mangoes have a rather thick core, and it is not fun to try and cut pieces of mango from. Here’s a picture of the core:
So, when cutting it, you want to mentally divide your mango into thirds and then cut it into those visualized thirds, like such:
Set aside the mango core and grab one of the other pieces. Lay it on a cutting board, skin side down, and cut deep, vertical cuts into it – make sure not to pierce the skin though.
Next, cut horizontal cuts into the mango.
Gently push a spoon between the skin and the mango fruit and push out the cut fruit.
You may need to break up the pieces a little bit, depending on how far you cut into the fruit, but they generally come apart pretty easily. Yum! Jack was downing the mango — I almost didn’t have enough for the salsa. Unfortunately, mangoes are one of the fruits with the highest amount of fructose, so Jack actually shouldn’t have been eating it. Tummy-aches ensued for him later. Be sure to check out this mango taco recipe — it’s so good!
Anyways, hopefully, that helps you cut your mango a little easier! Now time for the recipe you’ve all been waiting for.
Honey Lime Mango Salsa (And How to Cut a Mango)
- 1 mango, diced
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced and de-seeded (unless you want it really spicy)
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Combine mango, onion, jalapeno, red pepper, and cilantro in a bowl.
- Mix lime juice and honey together and pour over the fruit/vegetables.
- Gently stir until everything is covered with the honey lime juice.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is currently training to be a Certified Lactation Educator. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.
Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron says
I LOVE mangoes! They are the best! Love this amazing and fresh salsa Katie. Honey-lime too? Perfection! I’ll definitely be making this one soon! Pinned!
debra p says
This looks delicious. I’m a big salsa fan and love mangoes! I’m definitely going to try this.
Cate @ Chez CateyLou says
This mango salsa looks so light and refreshing! What a perfect dip to have around in the summertime! Pinning and can’t wait to try your recipe!
Thank you so much! I hope you will try it 🙂 The class I taught it to last night seemed to really enjoy it!
Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta says
A spoon!!! Seriously, how have I not known that? I always do the thing where you turn it inside out. Yeah it looks cool, but trying to slice it off the skin always drives me bonkers and I leave half of it behind. A spoon. So simple. Thanks for enlightening me, ha!
I know, right?! I was semi-blown away when I discovered this trick as well.
Julie Wood says
I love mangoes in recipes and I like eating them because I just love the taste. I did not know how to cut a mango, and you show here how to do that. I like your Mango Salsa, and I am going to make it!!