The Happy Mango Salsa

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It’s time for Mango Salsa! After leaving vacation mode and returning to reality, you might think I would be a little down. (I seriously had an AMAZING road trip). But it turns out that my first week back was surprisingly quite enjoyable.

Now, my week back had one thing going for it; I was back in the kitchen. All it takes is a light, refreshing mango salsa to truly brighten my day! For my friends at Fiesta Friday, it’s also the perfect way to celebrate the end of the week. 🙂

As many of you know, I love meals that are naturally free of gluten and my allergies with no need for substitutions. Salsa is one of those treats! This meal has a similar concept to my chicken bruschetta, where I placed my toppings on thinly sliced chicken, instead of bread. However, the sweetness of mango salsa adds a flare of summer!

Now, if you’re new to mangoes, check out this guide (and video!) on how to cut a mango and how to judge their ripeness. For everyone else, here are a few fun facts about mangoes (from the National Mango Board).

  • Mangoes are the most popular fruit in the world! Three times as many mangoes are eaten around the world than apples.
  • Mango trees (yep, trees!) grow up to 100 feet tall.
  • The infamous paisley pattern is based on the shape of a mango! And, so is it’s name in many languages. For example, the word for the pattern in Tamil (a Dravidian language spoken primarily by the Tamil people of South India and NE Sri Lanka) is “mankolam,” meaning mango pattern.
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What do you like to make with mangoes? And, as always, happy cooking!

Mango Salsa

Allergies: Celiac friendly and free of the Top 8 Allergens.


  • IMG_14102 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 (4-inch) hot red chili, thinly sliced (seeds included)
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 firm-ripe mangoes, pitted, peeled, and chopped into small chunks


  1. Whisk together brown sugar and lime juice in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Then, whisk in the red chile, shallot, cilantro, and mint.
  3. Add mangoes, and toss gently.
  4. Serve over grilled chicken (with salt and pepper).


Tips and Tricks

  • I have a bit of trouble with red chilis, so I just place them in to get a bit of a kick and eat around them. My family eats all the chilis though. 🙂
  • This mango salsa would also go well on shrimp, or another seafood dish.
  • For vegans, you could also place this over rice or tofu. (Suggestion courtesy of Susan Edelman).

* Thanks to my mom for creating this salsa. heart

59 thoughts on “The Happy Mango Salsa

    1. That sounds delicious as well! I was trying to think of vegan options last night, but I had a brain freeze. (I’m going to add it to the Tips & Tricks, if you don’t mind, especially because it did go very well with the rice on my plate too). Thanks for reading! 🙂

  1. Like, why are you jealous of MY meal prepping, WHEN YOU MAKE FREAKIN’ FRESH SALSA?!? Mine is from a jar. you > me
    xoxo ❤

    1. Haha, I LOVE fresh salsa, but I eat it out of a jar too. Someday I’ll post about what I eat most of the time, and not when I’m making myself a treat. I really do need to learn how to allocate my cooking time better. 🙂 xoxo

  2. Hello allergy-sister! I’m so happy I stumbled across your blog!!! This mango salsa looks good, and minus the shallot, I can eat it as is! This is gorgeous, I bet it’s sooo great on grilled chicken. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks! We have such different allergens, I’m glad it works for you too. 🙂 I’m about to look around at some of your corn free recipes because I have a friend with a corn allergy, and I don’t know the first thing about it. (Except that it’s in a lot)!!

  3. This looks AWESOME and is perfect for summer!!! Glad you enjoyed your road trip TOOO, welcome back!! Great meeting you at fiesta Friday !!!! 😀

  4. Mango salsa…YUM! I love the ingredients in this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂

  5. Mango brings happiness in almost any form — it’s color, it’s juiciness, and it’s uniquely delicious flavor. Thank you so much for bringing this salsa to the party. It’s perfect timing for summer!

    1. Mangos, definitely one of the best parts about leaving winter! (Winter is my favorite season though). Thanks for stopping by, and happy fiesta friday!

  6. Kaila I am a big fan of paisley patterns and often scribble them here and there. The mango salsa looks delish and I love it :).

    1. Thanks! And, woohoo, someone liked my paisley pattern fun fact! Now, only if I knew how to carve a mango into the shape of a paisley pattern. 🙂

  7. What a great way to eat mangoes! I’ve never had mango salsa, but I’m happy to change that. This recipe sounds delish. And I had no idea mangoes were so popular!

    1. Me either! Apparently, it’s because people from so many different countries eat them! And, let me know if you give mango salsa a try. It’s sweeter than a typical salsa, but refreshing for summertime. 🙂

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