Aug 25, 2009

Mango & Cucumber Salsa


Nothing beats a refreshing Mango & Cucumber Salsa. Serve this bowl of sunshine alongside grilled chicken, grilled fish, next to shrimp kabobs or spoon it all over a chicken pita. Bring it with you on picnics or potlucks, whip up some for a BBQ or super bowl party, it’ll work every single time you make it. When it’s hot outside, it also makes for an amazing lunch when eaten with a just a piece of lightly buttered flat-bread and maybe some feta.

My kiddo devours this stuff, so let me show you how I make my kid friendly version and maybe your munchkin will like it as well.




1 mango
1 cucumber
1/2 a red onion
2 tsp fresh ginger
3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
coriander or flat-leaf parsley
lime juice



Peel a cucumber, cut it in half and use a spoon to remove the seeds.


Call for help! In my case help consisted of two tiny toddler hands with a blunt miffy knife. Time the kid starts pulling his weight around here… he’s 3! Can’t be a slacker forever.


Turn the cucumber into small pieces.


Do the same with 1/2 a red onion or 1 small red onion.


Peel and finely chop the mango as well. So much of the mango never makes it into the bowl because it somehow ends up in my mouth. Totally subconsciously, of course.


Small piece of a freshly grated ginger, this was about 2 tsp. I took mine out of the freezer.


Now this is where my recipe differs. When you have kids eating this as well, you can’t just carelessly throw in a chili pepper! Well, you can, but they’ll whine and whimper and suckle the faucet all night. It’s not a pretty sight. So, a more humane approach is to drop 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce in a bowl. This doesn’t just spike it up in a mild way, it also sweetens it a little.


Stir in the grated ginger.


Pour the sauce over the salsa, squeeze in the lime juice (I’ve used 1/2 a lime) and add a little salt to taste.


Finely chop a handful of coriander or flat-leaf parsley.


Gently combine all the ingredients.


I’ll always be amazed how something so simple can not just look utterly beautiful, but also taste so elegant.

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    1. 1

      It looks so fresh and colorful!

      Michelle on Aug 25, 2009 @ 2:51 pm Reply
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      Very nice combination of flavors and colors! I especially like the idea of using the sweet chili sauce in place of a chili pepper. Much better for little ones.

      Also, love the photo of the little helping hands!

      Lana on Aug 25, 2009 @ 2:54 pm Reply
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      It looks so cheerful, Kay! Love the idea of adding chili sauce.

      Jenny on Aug 25, 2009 @ 3:14 pm Reply
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      Yum, the salsa looks great. Thanks for this one!!

      jill on Aug 25, 2009 @ 4:21 pm Reply
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      OH MY – this looks so wonderful!!!

      Cathy on Aug 26, 2009 @ 2:41 am Reply
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      Hi Kay! This looks similar to a yummy mango salsa I serve with grilled Chilean sea bass. When I bought some sea bass a few weeks ago, I mentioned my mango salsa to the man behind the seafood counter. He shared with me that he purees a mango, pours it over the fish, then adds some shredded coconut on top and grills it. WOW! My husband and I went crazy over it! It tastes so tropical! Actually, the seafood guy also added some sort of hot pepper, too. I’m kinda wimpy that way and left it out, but maybe this would be something that you could improve upon and enjoy as well!

      Niteowl Nancy on Aug 26, 2009 @ 4:33 am Reply
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      @Niteowl Nancy:

      That’s how I make a fish marinade as well! I puree mango or pineapple, add some garlic, oil, salt and chili peppers to it and then grill it. Should turn it into a posting one of these days! The shredded coconut sounds awesome!

      Kay on Aug 26, 2009 @ 8:44 am Reply
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      Looks so fresh and refreshing!

      Parita on Aug 26, 2009 @ 9:20 am Reply
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      Wonderful,yummy site-thanks for the pictures and info! Betty

      Betty on Aug 27, 2009 @ 1:14 am Reply
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      Summer in a bowl. Yum.

      Fiona on Aug 28, 2009 @ 6:17 pm Reply
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      Great combo!

      Mae on Aug 30, 2009 @ 10:39 am Reply
    12. 12

      That is a cool and refresh looking salsa!

      Kevin on Aug 31, 2009 @ 12:57 pm Reply
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      What a wonderful salad! I want to eat it all!

      Joumana on Oct 25, 2009 @ 2:52 am Reply
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      I found this on pinterest and tried it tonight for a party. It works well on beef burgers and salmon burgers. Thanks!!

      Lystessa on Apr 14, 2013 @ 6:59 am Reply
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      Me encanto tu receta. La voy a preparar. Deliciosa y sobre todo refrescante. Saludos. Dios te bendiga.

      Giovanna on Apr 25, 2013 @ 9:03 pm Reply
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      Muy bueno y sobre todo refrescante. Saludos, Dios te bendiga.

      Giovanna on Apr 25, 2013 @ 9:04 pm Reply
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      Hi – It would be really helpful if you would put the directions all together with the ingredients like a standard recipe. I understand that some people really enjoy looking at the photos, and they can do that separately this way, but this makes it far easier on those of us who would simply like to make the recipe and enjoy the food without having to scroll the page constantly to get to the next step in the recipe.

      jean on Aug 1, 2014 @ 12:49 am Reply
      1. The online version is for the photos, the printable recipe right underneath each recipe is separate. Good luck.

        Kay on Aug 5, 2014 @ 8:38 am Reply
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      Also, we missed the part about adding the cilantro because we forgot to scroll. This would not have happened had the directions been in one box.

      jean on Aug 1, 2014 @ 1:34 am Reply
      1. But it’s also listed in the ingredients :)

        Kay on Aug 5, 2014 @ 8:41 am Reply

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