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Mango Salsa

You may think that the best condiment is ketchup. But, you may be wrong because the best condiment is actually this vibrant, tangy, slightly spicy mango salsa!


mango salsa in a bowl with a spoon made with mango, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, salt and brown sugar
Photography by Gayle McLeod

For Overall Life-Improvement, May We Suggest Mango Salsa?

Mango season is nearly upon us! While they’re pretty much available year-round, peak mango season hits in early summer—typically June and July is the best time to buy mangos. And that just happens to be when we seem to crave their juicy, sunny sweetness most! While they’re great on their own—a favorite after-school snack for sure—we also love how mangos pair so nicely with savory things. They have such lovely acidity and sweetness, they’re just begging to be dressed up with a little salt and heat! This fresh mango salsa recipe keeps the flavor of mangos firmly front and center, complementing their tart-sweet loveliness with gentle (seeded!) jalapeño spice and a spritz of lime juice. Onion adds a little sharpness and texture, too. From there, you can add some optional flavor boosters—like hot sauce or brown sugar—or simply dig right on in.

mangos, red onion, cilantro, jalpeño, lime juice, salt, brown sugar and chili powder on the counter to make mango salsa

Just A Few Ingredients and Voila! The Best Mango Salsa Can Be Yours!

What is mango salsa made of? Well, definitely fresh mangos. But you probably guessed that already, right? Other than that, remember that the word “salsa” simply means ‘sauce’ in both Spanish and Italian, you can think of this not so much like the tomato-based salsas that you’d eat with tortilla chips, but instead like a refreshing condiment to use on, well, just about anything that needs a little sweet-and-spicy lift. Here’s everything you’ll need to make our simple mango salsa recipe:

  • Mango

  • Red onion

  • Cilantro

  • Jalapeño

  • Lime

  • Salt

  • Sugar

diced mangos, cilantro, red onion and jalapeño in a mixing bowl with a spoon for homemade mango salsa

What Does Mango Salsa Pair Well With?

Ooooo so many things! Fresh and spicy, juicy and tart, a little sweet, a little salty—mango salsa is truly a superhero condiment. It’ll dress up even the most simple meals and make them special. Once you’ve made it, you’ll probably come up with your own favorite ways to serve mango salsa, but here are a few ideas for how to use it to get you going:

  • Fresh fish! We love this with blackened salmon, but it also goes nicely with simple grilled white fish—halibut in particular.

  • Chicken. Especially fresh off the grill!

  • Burrito bowls

  • In a green salad

  • With chips! You can definitely have it with chips for an out-of-the ordinary chips-and-salsa experience.

mango salsa in a bowl with a spoon made with mango, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, salt and brown sugar

How Long Does Mango Salsa Last?

You can make the salsa a day or two ahead of time and store it in the fridge, but don’t try to freeze this sunny, fresh mango salsa! It just won’t do well. Mango salsa is all about freshness and vibrancy—the texture should be just-so, and the freezer will destroy it.

mango salsa in a serving bowl with a spoon surrounded by chips and bowls of chopped cilantro and jalapeño

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mango salsa in a serving bowl made with mango, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, salt, brown sugar and chili powder
mango salsa in a serving bowl with a spoon surrounded by chips and bowls of chopped cilantro and jalapeño

Dress It Up!

This fresh and fruity mango salsa really does dress up simple meals better than just about any condiment we know! Even just simple grilled chicken becomes a feast when topped generously with this lovely salsa. Whip up a batch, have a taste and feel super proud of yourself for making something so very delicious. And when you do, snap a photo and send it our way, OK? Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

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Mango Salsa

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 35


  • 2 large mangos, peeled, pitted and diced (about 2 cups)
  • ½ small red onion, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, halved, seeded, and minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Chili powder or hot sauce, to taste (optional)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Light or dark brown sugar, to taste


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the mango, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime juice.

  2. Add chili powder, sea salt, and sugar as desired. Stir to combine well.

  3. Taste and adjust the flavors as needed.

Note: Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories35
  • Protein1 g
  • Carbohydrates9 g
  • Total Fat0 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium147 mg
  • Total Sugars8 g

Mango Salsa

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  • Jenn

    This is so fresh and bright! Absolutely delicious, excited to use it so many times this spring and summer!

    Thanks Jenn, glad you love it!