Mango Salsa

For some variations to this recipe fold in a cup of either some finely diced cucumber, red bell pepper, or jicama. It's also great with avocado!

It will be easier to dice a mango that is still a bit firm, ripe, but not too soft.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and finely diced (about 1 1/2 cup) (See: How to Cut a Mango)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 jalapeño chile, minced (less or more to taste, make sure to actually taste the chile first, some of them can be quite hot!)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice


Put the diced mango, red onion, jalapeño and cilantro in a medium bowl. Toss with lime juice. If the salsa is too acidic for you, stir in some diced avocado.

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Serve with fish, steak, tacos, or tortilla chips!

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  • Renee

    I made this for the 4th of July and it was a hit! Although I didn’t change any of the ingredients, I did cheat a little and used frozen mango chunks that I diced into smaller portions. It was still delicious! I could have eaten it by itself!


  • Suzette

    I am from AZ. and obviously love the heat. I made a large bowl of this added cut tomato, table spoon of Citrus Patron and then a habanero pepper, instead of the jalapeno and a little coarse salt. Perfecto! If you know your peppers Habanero peppers are about a 1000x’s more heat.


  • Ellen Romanowski

    A perfect mango salsa. You do not need any other ingredients other than these. Very refreshing.


  • Laurie

    Simply delicious, especially with the beautiful ripe mangoes available now, early May, served as a side with a spicier grilled salmon and a side of smoked gouda, onion, tyme baby reds. Mixed green salad with a balsamic dressing. Delishl


  • JudyAnn Harrell

    I had peach/mango salsa from grocery store deli in Florida. Can’t find a recipe. How can I add necessary item to your peach or mango salsa recipes?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, JudyAnn! I’d suggest using an equal mix of peaches and mangos, using either this recipe or our peach salsa. You might have to play with the ingredients a little to get the exact taste of the salsa you had in Florida. Good luck!

  • Lisa

    Soooo good I made it twice in one week! I was making your fish tacos (which are also delicious) and made this salsa as a side. My family loved it so much, I used my extra mangos at the end of the week to make more as an appetizer. Thank you Elise!


  • Andrew

    I used to make this for Whole Foods Market back in the day. Try topping a burger with it.

  • Christine

    I add some pineapple and skip the lime juice….super yummy!

  • Jason

    I made a modified version of this and served it over pound cake, it was amazing. thanks.

  • angela

    With homemade tortillas, panko breaded oven baked tilapia, shredded lettuce and mango salsa and
    a dollop of greek yogurt they were the best fish
    tacos for a Friday Lenten meal!


  • Jenna

    love these! thank you so much… they are a regular on our healthy meal rotation :)

  • Becky

    I have made this salsa twice now to use for fish tacos, and it is awesome! Thank you *so* much for sharing :-)

  • Kristal L. Rosebrook

    Great Salsa recipe. And so healthy!

  • ld

    Could this salsa be canned? Would there be any adjustments to the recipe in terms of preserving it?

    This is a fresh salsa, not a cooked salsa, so no, you would not can this salsa. ~Elise

  • Gillian

    I loved this salsa, it was delicious. I used it as the main flavoring in a couscous salad. I used this salsa, couscous, and black beans. It was a great light dinner.

  • Kelly

    THIS WAS DELICIOUS!!!! Soooo good….now only to try it paired with something other than my spoon!


  • Singingirl96

    This recipe was fantastic. I served it atop of grilled shrimp. I think next time I’ll puree about 1/3 of it and mix it in to have a little sauciness to it.

  • Tpopcorn

    I have seen kiwi put in this salsa instead of cucumber. Give it a try it can give it a cooling effect!

  • Asan

    Are mango salsa and mango chutney the same?

    No, here’s our recipe for mango chutney. Our mango salsa is raw. Our mango chutney is cooked. ~Elise

  • Elle

    I made this last night, and wanted to eat the entire bowl! It was delicious. I added an avocado to mine, and omitted the jalapeno. The next time I will add the jalapeno for a little bit of spice. Very good and thank you for showing us how to cut the Mango!

  • Joan

    How long will mango salsa last if stored in a jar? in freezer?

    Great question. We just made some mango salsa and I would say that it will last about 5 days in the refrigerator, but will be best the first few days. Afterwards it gets a little mushy. No idea how it would freeze, but if you try it, let us know how it goes. ~Elise

  • Amanda

    Seriously, I never ever end up with any of this left over. And every single time I make this I get asked for the recipe! It’s so good I make it at least once a week.

  • Joey

    Excellent recipe! Thanks!

    I added some ‘California Bacon’ bits (bacon baked in the oven with brown sugar and cracked pepper), left out the jalepeno, and added about a half cup of brown sugar to the salsa.

    It was super good on grilled chicken breasts marinaded in soy sauce and brown sugar. I know, I know…I may have gone a little overboard with the brown sugar, but it tasted great!

    Hubby and I agreed that it would be awesome over some Mahi Mahi or Halibut.

  • Priya

    Hi Elise,

    I tried this salsa yesterday. It turned out very well. I added some horsegram sprouts to the salsa. The sprouts had a slight bitter taste and I thought the sweetness of mango and tartness of lime juice will reduce it. They did reduce the bitterness and my husband enjoyed it without knowing that it had sprouts in it :).

    I will write about the salsa in my blog, next week. Thank you for sharing the recipe.


  • Chris

    Secret ingredient next time you make this salsa: a splash or two of Triple Sec! I did one similar to this over Swordfish with a Mango BBQ Sauce glaze. Delicious!

  • Cindy

    Rhiannon, I hope this recipe is what you’re looking for! It is very much like Elise’s recipe with the addition of tomatoes.
    Mango-tomato Salsa

    1 large or 2 small mangoes*, diced
    2 Roma tomatoes, cut into small pieces OR 10 cherry tomatoes cut in half OR a half pint of small grape tomatoes
    1 small red onion, diced (cipollini are great for this!)
    1 minced Poblano pepper (seeded and ribbed – don’t forget your gloves for this!)
    2 or 3 Persian cucumbers, diced (do not need to be peeled)
    ¼ cup fresh cilantro or Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

    Cut the vegetables and combine. Add the juice of one (or two limes depending on size and acidity) lime and salt and pepper to taste. Stir gently but thoroughly. Let marinate at least 1 hour, stir, adjust seasonings and serve.

    Options: I buy hot peppers during the summer at the farmer’s market and freeze them whole, then cut and use as needed. If I do not have any Poblano (or Anaheim or jalapeno) on hand though, this is excellent with about ½-1 teaspoon of smoked ancho or chipolte pepper. The smoky flavor is wonderful especially with any kind of grilled meat or fish.

    *Look for the yellow mangoes. I get them in Chinatown, but I have seen them in other stores in the area for specialty produce. They are softer, sweeter and not nearly so fibrous as the more common type.

  • P.Allen

    My first taste of Mango Salsa had chopped jicama in it. Delicious, it gave it the crunch I like and the jicama is mild so did not detract from the mango flavor.

  • Natalie

    I’ve just gotten back into cooking (after finally finishing my PhD) and this was the first thing I tried. I just wanted to say thanks for a great blog and a recipe I now crave. I have to keep a stock of the ingredients because I get up and eat it in the middle of the night (which is better than the cookies I was snacking on). :)

  • Susan

    Wow! This salsa was excellent ~ I wish I’d doubled the batch. My husband loved it on top of his grilled salmon, but I arm-wrestled him to save a few bites for me and my blue corn chips. This salsa has just become a regular item at our table. (I added a smidgen of Agave nectar (honey would work, too) to cut the heat a bit.) LOVED IT!!!

  • Jamie

    I made this salsa for a Memorial Day barbecue this weekend. It was delicious served with blue corn chips and guacamole. I added some diced red bell pepper to the recipe to add some extra color and flavor. A friend asked for the recipe and I will definitely make it again! Thank you!

  • Shane Poznikoff

    Thank you for this recipe. It was amazing atop the seared Ahi tuna, the recipe for which I also got from this site.

  • G. Stephen

    I have never prepared mango salsa with cucumber but can’t wait to try. I like to add some diced red bell pepper to contrast the color and add some sweetness. It’s great as a topping to grilled swordfish.

  • Ellen

    I’ve made mango salsa with tomatoes and without cucumbers and usually serve it on grilled salmon. Yum! I’ll have try this one. Once I substituted chopped peaches for the mango and it was superb. That might be good here too!

  • Lynn

    I make my mango salsa without cucumbers, but with diced red bell pepper. In addition to the other ingredients you list, I also add a splash of rice vinegar (a light, sweet-ish white vinegar).
    In addition, since there is always mango left on the mango pit, I squeeze it over the bowl of ingredients so that I get every last drop of mango juice into the salsa. It’s always a huge hit and GREAT with blue corn chips or on top of a spinach salad.

  • gail

    i love this recipe. it’s also great as a dip as an alternative to regular salsa and as a hamburger toppings. yum!

  • Meredith

    I love this recipe, too! I like to use peaches instead of mangos, tastes marvelous!

  • Bonnie

    I’ve made this without the cucumbers but with some chopped pecans. The extra crunch is great.

    I’ve also added fresh pineapple. We always say we’re making this for whatever we’re grilling, but we end up scooping at least half of it out of the bowl with chips before the meat is done!

  • James

    I love eating mango, but unfortunately I’m allergic to the skin. It’s like milkweed to my skin. I get a horrible rash. so I can’t cut my own. But I do buy mango in a jar. and my salsa is a bit different.

    I add tiny diced apple (granny smith), and tiny diced celery and I omit the jalepeño

    • Kristen F

      I’d try getting some disposable gloves. I use them when I’m cutting up jalapenos too. Saves me some horrible eye pain when I remove the contacts later on…

  • Carol

    YUMMY INDEED! Adapted this salsa to use with roasted Cornish Hens. We just added a very small lunchbox-size box of raisins, soaked in the lime juice, but thought later that rum could replace the lime for the hens. Other thoughts: try adding a smidge of shredded coconut, too? Anyway, it was a touch of the divine. ;-)

  • Kristi

    Lately I have been serving mango salsa atop chili-encrusted flank steak – mmmm!!! Thanks for the recipe as well as the mango-slicing instructions – my technique has been very clumsy and time-consuming, so I’m glad for the expert tips. :)

  • Brooke

    Elise, this recipe was awesome!! I added to just about everything; rice, salads, with chips, on the chipolte pork. The mango was a pain to chop but well worth the effort!

  • Andrei

    The salsa was so good that I ate the entire batch. I have to make it again for tonight.