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{Recipe} Cucumber Mango Salsa

I know this recipe seems seasonally misplaced.  Why on earth am I sharing such a tropical, summery recipe in the dead of winter's cold and bleak misery? (Can you tell I'm not a fan of winter?)

Well, because I'm craving a little bit of summer right now,and I suspect I'm not the only one.

Also, a real good real-life friend of mine asked me to share the recipe.  (The friend I threw the bird-themed baby shower for)

This isn't really a salsa. Not in the cooked up and preserved sense.  It's more like a salad you eat with chips, or a bruschetta except with mango and cucumber in place of the tomatoes.  Okay, apparently I really don't know what this is.  Except that it's good. Really really good.

  • 2 or 3 mangoes, peeled and diced 
  • 1/2 a cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 a fresh jalapeno (or more to taste), finely chopped
  • several large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • a handful of diced fresh parsley
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Stir to combine.  Serve with tortilla chips or (in this case) homemade pita chips.

I find that it's best if it gets the chance to sit in the fridge for a couple hours before serving, but if it sits overnight the onion flavour kinda starts to take over. 

Confession: I don't actually measure any of the ingredients.  It's never exactly the same twice, but it's always good! 

Confession #2: When I make this to take to a party, I double the recipe.  So that I can eat half before we even leave the house...

If you try this recipe, will you come back and let me know what you thought? Also, I could post about the homemade pita bread if anybody is let me know if that's something you'd like me to share. (Update:  You can now find the pita bread and pita chips recipes here.)

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  1. I made something like this a while back and loved it but forgot about it...thanks for inspiring me to do it again, yummy!

  2. I would love the pita recipe too! Can't wait to try this, it looks delicious!

  3. We are in the dead of summer here and I can't wait for it to cool down a bit. So tired of sleepless nights because it is so hot!

  4. Pita! Pita! 'specially if it is easy and quick!

  5. Well it looks stunning and colourful and reminds me of summer too.

    X x

  6. I've tasted Kelly's mango salad and can verify that it is delicious!

  7. thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you

  8. I have a recipe that's sort of similar that is a huge family favorite. I am definitely going to try your recipe! I, too, would love to have your pita recipe. Thank you!!! I really enjoy your blog, btw.


  9. Would love the recipe to the Pita Bread! I absolutely adore your site and am so happy that I stumbled across it through Pinterest!!

  10. Since I can't have tomatoes, this is perfect! Thanks.

    Renee :)

  11. Well, it may not be cooked up and preserved, but all the salsas I was served on a recent trip to Mexico looked very much like this...chunky cuts of tomato, jalapeno, onion, etc. Definitely not "saucy" in any way. So you are being true to the origins of salsa!

  12. 'scuse me, salivating here :) Wishing for summer and some ripe mangoes to throw this into. :9~~

  13. Love this its delicious! Would love the Pita recipie. I'm so glad i found your website through pinterest I love it!

  14. As asked, I will deliver :)
    Being in Australia, we're experiencing Summer! The perfect dish... I used Red Onion - My Gosh! Its actually really colourful.
    The taste was divine, beautiful and fresh. Will definitely make again. Thanks so much Kelly!

  15. Kelly I made your mango salsa today for my family/friends today Easter brunch....have to say it was a big hit! Served it with pita chips and then also used some on the salmon...yummy! Also for dessert made your awesome cupcake recipe...thanks Kelly! Happy Easter


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