Cade tells me that the fruit he had while living in Brazil on his 2 year mission for our church is far superior to the mangoes, avocados etc that you find in the grocery stores here. In fact, he said they had these avocado smoothies and ice creams that were so delicious you just had to keep going back for more. As one who absolutely loooooves fresh fruit I can’t help but be jealous that he got to experience that for 2 years. I’ve had the best guacamole and nachos ever in Mexico but that’s about it. That being said, I do know how to make the most of what I’ve got which is why I have this secret ingredient mango salsa.
Mangoes are the bomb.com. We love, love, love them in our house. You will never open our freezer and not find a bag of frozen mangoes for our protein green smoothies. And we especially love this mango dessert with macadamia crust. Oh, or our mango chicken salad is especially good all summer long and you can serve it as a wrap. In fact, just google “mango ohsweetbasil.com” and you’ll find some yummy recipes.
And after blabbing about freshness I’m about to tell you that the secret isn’t fresh. Ha!
Kind of ridiculous, and you totally could use half the amount of fresh, but I haven’t been buying oranges as much since Cuties are easier for the girls to take to school. Really, I don’t have a preference in this recipe so do as you choose.
While we are on the subject, do you know the kitchen tip for dried versus fresh? In this recipe I like to add a little Valencia Orange Dried Peel, but because it’s dried you pack a lot more flavor into a smaller measurement. So if you ever have to use dry instead of fresh you just half the measurement. And if you need to use fresh instead of dried you double it. Easy peasy.
The lime and orange add a fresh, bright, vibrant flavor to the already sweet and juicy mangoes. You can also add a little more heat if you prefer, but I like this salsa just as it is. And consider going all out and getting better chips like Late July. They are really crunchy and I love that it uses whole grains.
How Can You Tell if a Mango is Ripe?
Hold it in the palm of your hand and squeeze gently.
If the mango slightly indents, it is probably ripe.
If the mango is hard, it needs time to ripen.
If it is squishy, it is over ripe and should be discarded.
Are Mangos Healthy?
Mangos contain Vitamin A and C.
They also have different kinds of carotenoids which are beneficial to the immune system.
How Long Will Fresh Salsa Keep in the Refrigerator?
Fresh, homemade salsa will keep 5-7 days in the refrigerator.
Place in an airtight container and store in the frig.
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Secret Ingredient Mango Salsa
Secret Ingredient Mango Salsa
- 2 Mangos, peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 Limes, juiced
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Valencia Orange Peel *found in the spices section
- 1 Jalapeno, seeded and minced fine
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Red Onion, minced
- 1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
- In a medium bowl, add the mangoes, lime juice, orange peel, jalapeno, salt, red onion and cilantro.
- Toss to coat everything evenly.
- Chill in the fridge until serving or allow to rest for 15 minutes and serve.