4 ways to dress up dinner with mango salsa

I’ll admit it, I’m a tad obsessed.

I’ve got it bad for mango salsa.

Ever since I made it with my own two hands for the first time last summer, I simply have to have it at least once a month. I love how easy it is to whip together. I love how the juicy sweet-yet-tart mango bits add burst of technicolor flavor to otherwise basic fish, chicken, shrimp, and well, pretty much everything else.

I love how the cooling-yet-complex cilantro adds a bit of Caribbean flavor. And I love the added zip the lime juice provides.

But most of all – I love seeing my boys inhale spoonfuls of it, and whatever I’ve put it on, and gobble it up.

They eat it on fish (which means they eat fish!). They eat it on chicken (which means they eat chicken!). They eats it on rice and beans (which means they eat rice & beans!).

You get my drift.

It’s been so wonderful to see their palates expand beyond bland.

My Recipe & Instructions
Seven minutes is all you need to whip up this magical concoction. Oh, and 1 ripe mango, 2 limes, a small bunch of cilantro, 1/2 an onion, and salt.

Dice the mango (if you need a mango tutorial like I did, this one from Simply Recipes a good one), squeeze the juice out of the 2 limes, chop the cilantro and the onion. Dump all the ingredients into a bowl and stir. Add salt to taste. Add more cilantro to taste (I usually use about 1/3 of the cilantro from the big bunch I get at the local farmer’s market).

You can prepare it ahead of time…or not. I’ve tried it both ways and it’s always delicious.

Here are four fabulous variations on the theme from talented food bloggers I follow (and think everyone else should too).

Kiwi mango salsa is a delicious and easy way to add flavor to chicken
Kiwi Mango Salsa via Iowa Girl Eats (yes, as a fellow, or rather, former Iowan – I can attest mango salsa is definitely not just a coastal thing)

Cucumber mango salsa takes 5 min to make and is the perfect topping for anything
Cucumber Mango Salsa via Imperfect Homemaking

Mango salsa also mixes well with avacado
Avocado Mango Salsa via Pinch of Yum

Spicy mango salsa dresses up ribs
Spicy Mango Salsa via Skinny Taste

Have you ever become obsessed with a food like me? What was it? Have you ever tried mango salsa – if not, what are you waiting for?