Linda’s Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa

by Alli

Linda’s Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa is the perfect salsa for salmon, chicken and more. The color is vibrant and the flavor has hints of sweet and spicy.

Linda, my cousin, and I have been the best of friends ever since I can remember.  We grew up together – well, almost. She grew up in Atlanta and I grew up in Rochelle – about 2 hours and 20 minutes apart.

My family would often visit Linda’s family and catch a Braves baseball game back when Chief Noc-A-Homa resided behind center field and sent up smoke signals when Hank Aaron hit a homer!  Those were the days!

Linda would visit me during the summer months when we were growing up. We’d pick wild plums and ride bikes. When we became teens, all our talks changed to boys, clothes and working on our tan.

In between visits, we’d write letters.  One time I didn’t have a stamp (I was 10) so I sent Linda a COD letter and enclosed the six cents inside the envelope.  She still has that letter with the money tucked inside.

We’re all grown up now, kinda.  After all these years, we’re still the best of friends and while we don’t really talk about boys and tans, we do talk about clothes, makeup and we brag on our grandkids.

Lately, we’ve been talking about her upcoming wedding.  She’s been divorced for years and we’re beyond excited as she starts a new chapter in her life journey.

Endless Summers

Oh, yeah, we talk about food a lot, too. Linda has been telling me about her awesome Sweet & Spicy Mango Salsa that she’s been piling on top of grilled salmon AND grilled chicken.  She finally sent me the recipe so I could share it with you!

Mango Salsa over Salmon Fillet

Linda’s Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa

This homemade salsa is ready in just a few minutes. Just mix all the ingredients together and you’re good to go. 

How to Tell If a Mango Is Ripe

Texture – A ripe mango will give slightly when lightly squeezed. An unripe mango will be hard and an overripe mango will be mushy and wrinkled. 

Smell – Oftentimes, a ripe mango will usually have a sweet aroma near the stem end. That’s a good thing. Avoid mangos with a sour smell. 

When it comes to Mangos, you can’t go by color because different varieties will be red, yellow or green. 

How to Cube a Fresh Mango

The easiest way to cube a fresh mango is with a mango slicer. 

If you don’t have a slicer, you can do the old fashioned way like me.

There’s a big pit in the middle of the mango so slice the mango vertically on either side of the pit. Stay as close to the pit as possible. Score the fruit, being careful not to cut through the peel. Flip the peel back and remove the scored fruit. 

Yield: 4 Servings

Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa

Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa

Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa is easy to make and makes a great topping for salmon or chicken. Mango salsa pairs perfectly with tortilla chips.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 firm mango, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 red chile, seeded and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon shredded mint


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 129Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 5mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 17gProtein 2g

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Mango has long been one of my favorite summertime flavors, so as soon as I received the recipe via text, I was off to the grocery store to stock up on the ingredients.  Linda’s right!  It’s delicious and also pairs nicely with baked tortilla chips.

Mango Salsa pairs perfectly with tortilla chips

I can’t get enough of this salsa! I made it again a few days ago and it was delicious as always!

Mango Sweet & Spice Salsa

After making this Mango Salsa the first time, I realized that I’ll have to double (or triple) this recipe because my family went crazy over this stuff. We eat way more than one serving each! 

Sweet & Spicy Mango Salsa

If you enjoy the taste of Mango, be sure and try my Mango-Peach Cupcakes and Mango Buttermilk Smoothie.

Mango Shakes, Cupcakes & Salsa

What’s your favorite summertime flavor?




Joanne T Ferguson July 6, 2015 - 6:57 am

How healthy and refreshing does this salsa look? I love tasting all different kinds of salsa! I love your recipe and it is now on the list to do!

Jeannette July 6, 2015 - 8:23 am

Yum! I love Mango salsa and actually love to add it to most of my meats! I like the idea of making it sweet and spicy and can’t wait to try out this recipe!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 6, 2015 - 9:54 am

That sounds fantastic! I love fruity salsas, especially when they have a nice kick. I can’t wait to make this one.

Christy Maurer July 6, 2015 - 10:32 am

I do love mangoes! This salsa looks really good. My daughter hates onions and peppers, but that’s just too bad! She can pick them out, right? 🙂 My son would probably eat it with me. My kids are close with their cousins too. I envy that. Mine were a lot older than me…well a couple were younger, but they didn’t live close.

Megan Elford July 6, 2015 - 11:31 am

It looks so fresh and summery! I would love to try some of this salsa on a burger straight off the barbecue. I bet it would taste amazing!

Deb- It's me, debcb! July 6, 2015 - 12:20 pm

I love mango salsa. My favorite? On fish!

Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 6, 2015 - 3:13 pm

I have always thought that Mango can make salsa just a little spicier. That to me makes salsa about as perfect as it gets. Mango salsa recipes are the best. I am going to have to try this one!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication July 6, 2015 - 4:19 pm

First of all, I LOVE the colors of this salsa! Second of all, I adore mangos, so this is right up my alley!

Mary July 6, 2015 - 6:47 pm

Alli, There you go again. You are my personal recipe box! I love it all. Just made the onion ring quesadillas the other day for the second time. Yummy Keep them coming

Sandy KS July 6, 2015 - 7:14 pm

I love mango’s. This recipe looks delicious. I have not tried making my own salsa before.

Liz Mays July 6, 2015 - 9:04 pm

Ooh yum! I’d love to make this for an outdoor get-together. It’s quite pretty too!

Maria July 6, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Ohhh…I can’t wait to test run this mango salsa. It’s just the perfect fresh, summer addition to any bbq or picnic gathering for the summer season.

Nina say July 6, 2015 - 10:44 pm

I really really dislike mango…EXCEPT for in a mango salad. This one looks soooo amazing, I’ve gotta try it.

Ourfamilyworld July 7, 2015 - 5:42 am

I love mangoes and adding them to salsa sounds like a wonderful idea. Can’t wait to try this.

Mistee Dawn July 7, 2015 - 6:03 am

Yum! That looks absolutely delicious. I know that this one one recipe that my hubby will love. Thanks for the recipe.

April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition July 7, 2015 - 6:05 am

I definitely need to try this! I don’t use mango much so I think it would really switch up some of our usual dishes. And you can never have too much salsa in your life.

Jesica H July 7, 2015 - 9:20 am

Your photos look amazing! This would be a perfect party salad! Thanks for the recipe!

Alyssa C July 7, 2015 - 10:09 am

Great photos! That salsa looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.

Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green July 7, 2015 - 11:01 am

I love mango salsa and this looks simple enough for me to handle. I will pin this to my Pinterest so I don’t forget.

Shaney Vijendranath July 7, 2015 - 11:02 am

This looks so good! Gosh I’m reading too many blog posts about food right now. Lol Not good for a pregnant woman. 😛 So trying this!

Uplifting Families July 7, 2015 - 11:17 am

Yummy, this salsa sounds so good. I love how the mango adds a pop of color. I bet it tastes even better.

Lynndee July 7, 2015 - 11:27 am

I love mango, but I am not into spicy foods. My husband loves anything spicy so I have no doubt he would love your salsa.

Jeanine July 7, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Yum! It looks and sounds delicious. I would love to try it lately I’ve been all about spicy!

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies July 7, 2015 - 12:51 pm

This sounds like such a delicious salsa! I would love to try making this soon! Thanks for the recipe!

Chrystal | YUM eating July 7, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Yummy! This looks like a really wonderful meal. I have never had a mango salsa. It really looks like I am missing out on the good stuff.

Rebecca Swenor July 7, 2015 - 1:50 pm

This Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa sounds interesting indeed and I am going to have to try it for sure. The Mango Peach cupcakes sound good too and I totally love the Minions so they would make a great dessert. Thanks for sharing.

Jamela Porter July 7, 2015 - 2:47 pm

This looks delicious. I’m not a huge mango fan but I would for sure try this out.

Chubskulit Rose July 7, 2015 - 3:02 pm

I love mango salsa, it looks very reshing ans tasty. Sometimes, I incorporate green tomatoes in it and it’s good too.

CourtneyLynne July 7, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Oooo this salsa sounds pretty amazing!!!! I just love mago everything. Totally gotta give this a try! Yummy!

Erin July 7, 2015 - 6:24 pm

Oh yum! I love mango and I’ve heard such great things about mango salsa but never had a good recipe for it. This is perfect!

Jessica Simms July 7, 2015 - 8:02 pm

Recipe saved! I love mango salsa, oh my goodness it’s just amazing with tender chicken. GReat recipe.

Krystal July 7, 2015 - 10:30 pm

We have three mango trees and this sounds like a great way to use all my fresh mangos. It looks REALLY good! YUM!

HilLesha July 7, 2015 - 10:58 pm

I love mangoes! I have never tried them in salsa before, though. I am now intrigued, so I will definitely try this out sometime.

ricci July 8, 2015 - 12:09 am

I love all these uses for mango!!I love pretty much any ind of salsa but I also want to try the mango buttermilk smoothie!! YUM!

desirae young July 8, 2015 - 12:52 am

Ohh my gosh, that looks totally amazing! I always love simple salsa recipes too! Mangos were on sale at Aldis this week so I will have to pick up some to make this.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai July 8, 2015 - 2:43 pm

We love mango salsa, so this recipe will be a definite must try! 🙂

Life With Lorelai

Carin Kilby Clark July 8, 2015 - 6:13 pm

OMG I love anything… and I mean anything that has mango in it and mango salsa is the absolute best. Will definitely try this recipe.

Rebecca July 10, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Wow, this looks like summer its self. Cool and refreshing. We purchased a salsa dip at Costco but it was too sweet for us. This would be perfect. Pinning for later. Visiting from Home Matters.

Sharee July 10, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Looks great! Pinning! stopping by from the home matters party!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen July 14, 2015 - 2:36 am

I love Mango Salsa! Always a great side dish to fish or chicken.

Stephanie Manley July 29, 2019 - 10:30 pm

This look great! I can’t wait to give this salsa a try!


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