Spicy Mango Lime Salsa


Now that the holidays are over and the grey of Winter has set its sharp teeth into the landscape, our meals need more color than ever. These kitchen rainbows can be accomplished one of three ways:

(1) Layer those fruits and vegetables and layer ’em thick.
(2) Red Dye No. 40 and its ilk.
(3) The ability to see outside the rather limited segment of the electromagnetic spectrum visible to humans.


As I assume you cannot do (3) (and if you can, I’m not sure I want to meet you), the choices are (1) or (2). As you know I’m a registered dietitian and am all about the F and V, you can safely eliminate (2) from consideration.

If only all standardized tests were so easy.


Last week, we had a bulk pack of mangoes rapidly ripening on the kitchen counter (and if you need to know why two people bought mangoes in bulk, you haven’t seen this page). What better way to prevent beautiful mangoes from going to waste than to fold them into a colorful fruit and veggie salsa?


The classic combo of lime and cilantro wake up this salsa, while red onion and pepper flakes add bite. Enjoy with your favorite chips or cut-up veggies. Take that, veggie stagnation!

Spicy Mango Lime Salsa

  Prep Time: 15 minutes

  Keywords: raw tomato mango lime cilantro

Ingredients (4 cups)

  • 2 large mangoes, peeled, seeded and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, washed and chopped
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes (Urfa if possible)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve with cut-up vegetables or tortilla chips, or over chicken or fish.

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P.S. Yup. This is the same salsa I served in this post. Sharp eye, dear reader, sharp eye.



  1. That salsa looks delicious!

  2. Ooo I haven’t had a mango in a while! Time to remedy that, salsa-style.

  3. Ohhhhh I think I will be making this for us to enjoy while watching football this weekend. Our meals have been featuring too much white lately; our bodies are craving more colorful veggies! Thanks, Jessie!

  4. Red Dye 40 is ick, too! I had a mango guacamole in Mexico City two years ago and wasn’t a huge fan of it. I don’t like fruity salsa.. I like how you made it spicy, too, which sounds and tastes even better! And a small bunch of chopped cilantro – I love it already! Hope you’re having an amazing January, Jessie! I’m so sorry for the delay! x Rika

    1. No worries, Rika – I hope all is well with you! 🙂

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