Mango salsa is a delightful tropical twist on the usual recipe. The slightly bitter taste of the cilantro balances with the sweet fruitiness of the mango. This easy to prepare salsa is versatile and can be used as a dip for chips, or as both a topping and marinade for steak, chicken or pork.
Mangos pack a nutritional punch with vitamins A and C, potassium and rich with beta carotene. They are low in calories with about 110 per medium fruit and give only about 1 gram of fat. With about 3 grams per fruit, mangos are a tasty way to get your daily fiber.
Mangos are one of the most popular fruits worldwide, second only to bananas. To select a mango, don’t judge by color as a measure of ripeness. The ripe fruit will have a sweet, fruity smell at the stem. A ready to use mango will be slightly soft to the touch, much like peaches and avocados. The meat of most varieties are a lovely tropical yellow orange.
To peel and chop a mango, begin by slicing off the bottom and top. Stand the mango on the flat end and remove the peeling in strips. Slice wedges from the mango to the pit and chop to the desired size.
2 cups chopped pitted and peeled mango (about 2)
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Cover and chill. This recipe makes about 3 cups of salsa and keeps for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Mango salsa can be used immediately as a dip and travels well. If using it as a marinade, mangos contain a papain-like component as in papayas and can be used as a tenderizer. Marinate the meat in the salsa overnight.
For a thicker consistency, take 1/2 cup of mango and mash with a fork.
Substitute 1 cup of chopped avocado for the tomatoes or simply add it.
Green onion can be used in place of the red onion.
Add 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen corn and 1/2 cup of black beans for a more chunky and colorful dish.
Mango salsa pairs well with either sweet and fruity wines, dry white or sparkling wines.