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Cucumber Mango Salsa

Cucumber Mango Salsa

Champagne mangoes are worth getting excited about. We’ve written about them  before in our Sweet & Spicy Mango Fajitas and Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal recipes. They’re sweet and perfect and they never have that weird stringiness you sometimes get with regular mangoes. Champagne mangoes are our jam. And now they’re our salsa. If we had to describe this salsa in one word, it would be refreshing. Even with the jalapeño, it’s the kind of salsa that’s good with spicy food because the mango and cucumber help balance the heat. Don’t have dippers, eat this salsa with a spoon. It’s that good.

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Cucumber Mango Salsa

Cucumber Mango Salsa

A sweet, refreshing salsa made with mangoes and cucumber. If you can find champagne mangoes, use those–they are delicious!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 1/2 cups of salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe mango, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 small English cucumber, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup diced red onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Stir together all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Serve with tortilla chips, tacos or burritos, or as a mix-in for cooked quinoa or millet.

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58 Comments

  • Reply
    Kris
    March 27, 2014 at 8:57 am

    It’s nice to find another person who eats tomato salsa like I do! Tomato chunks are gross. My husband just stares at me while I poke the chip around and around, fishing for cilantro or hot pepper chunks, but no dreaded tomatoes!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      High five! My husband likes that I don’t eat chunks of raw tomatoes because he loves them, so when I’m done eating, he gets my leftovers. 🙂

      • Reply
        Amanda
        March 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

        This is how my hubby and I eat salsa too! So funny. I can’t wait to try this – I might actually be able to finish a bowl of salsa by myself!

        • Reply
          Kiersten Frase
          March 31, 2014 at 3:02 pm

          I’m really glad to know that I’m not the only tomato hater out there! People act like I’m crazy. It’s not crazy! Tomatoes are gross!

          • Stephanie
            February 25, 2017 at 8:27 am

            I dislike them too!!! I had an indian woman tell me the other day during an Aryuvedic class there is a reason we don’t like them. They aren’t good for the body-the sourness is bad. You notice you don’t see tomatoes much in Indian cooking?

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    March 27, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Ooh, how pretty! I haven’t tried the champagne mangoes yet but I want to rectify that this year. I hear nothing but good things about them.

    Since I don’t like cucumbers (I know, scandalous), would I be able to sub zucchini? I know it won’t be quite as flavorful but I don’t like raw tomatoes either so anything to keep those slimy suckers outta my salsa is a plus!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      GO NOW TO A GROCERY STORE AND BUY CHAMPAGNE MANGOES! They will change your life. You will never think about mangoes the same way again. They kind of ruined regular mangoes for me though.

      You could either double the mango in the recipe or yeah, I think zucchini would work too. I actually have a salad recipe that uses zucchini and mango: http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-mango-black-bean-salad-how-to-cut-a-mango/

      • Reply
        Ken
        March 24, 2016 at 4:46 pm

        Use a recipe similar given by my Filipino neighbor, it is minus the cucumber but plus a little drop of olive or coconut oil. Be sure the Mango are not over ripe, they need to be firm

      • Reply
        Stephanie
        February 25, 2017 at 8:28 am

        IT IS SO TRUE! I grew up in Miami but I always hated the gaminess of mango and it was everywhere then FF 40 years later I discovered these little yellow gems and I can’t get enough . In summertime when they are 4 for $1 i eat 4 a day no joke!

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    janae @ bring joy
    March 27, 2014 at 10:15 am

    “I am a raw tomato hater,”
    Oh boy. Sacrilege! A few of my kids are also raw tomato haters. Is it the texture for you?

    My husband says I “run like a girl.” I think it’s because, I too, don’t quite know what to do with my arms. Good luck on the 5K!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Okay, well, now you’re going to think I’m really crazy, but I’ve never tried a raw tomato. I just know I don’t like them. They are so slimy inside! Ewww.

      I’m glad to know there are other awkward runners out there!

  • Reply
    Julia Mueller
    March 27, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I did the SAME thing when I spotted a 5 for $5 display of champagne mangoes at the store last week!! I LITRALLY gasped out loud and was all “ooooooooooooooh!” The produce people already think I’m a nut job, so I may as well fuel their fire some more.

    Mango salsa is my faaaaaaaaaaaaaavorite!! AND I’ve never done cucumber mango. I could squeeze you for this! I want these in my tacos like nooooboddysbusiness! And your photo of the mango?? HOLY CRAP! How did you do it?!

    P.S. Your fists v. arms-flailing debate reminded me of this time I was in Germany and was walking along a river and this girl was running with her arms t-rexed at her chest, but her hands were flailing. Can you picture it? Can you picture it? Next time I’m in NC, I’ll scamper over to you (arms flailing) so that I can show you exactly how she was running. But I don’t make fun of people, no. I’m more mature than that.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      HA! Okay, well, that’s good that I’m not the only one. I love this time of year when they’re a dollar and I just want to buy them allllll. I had to stop at the grocery store for mushrooms today and I was tempted to buy more champagne mangoes even though I haven’t finished the bag I bought over the weekend. I am so greedy. Oh, and here’s how I did the mango: http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-mango-black-bean-salad-how-to-cut-a-mango/ (Excuse my horrible knife skills.)

      I’ve read that German runner description three times now and it makes me chortle every time. HA! I kind of run with limp-wristed jazz hands.

  • Reply
    EA-The Spicy RD
    March 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Mangos in salsa {or chutney} are the best! Although I really dig raw tomatoes too 🙂 We’ve been inhaling {the larger} mangos in our house the past couple of weeks. My son brought home a friend from school so I made them grilled cheese sandwiches served with fresh mango on the side-they both loved it, and the friend was SO excited-“Mango is my most favorite fruit ever!!!”

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Mango is my most favorite fruit ever too. 🙂 Now I kind of want a grilled cheese with mango on the side for dinner…

  • Reply
    Maria
    March 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I did the same thing today! I live in a really small town, where I am excited to find organic spinach in my produce section. When we drove 30 minutes out of town to visit Publix on the way to the orthopedic, I was in food heaven! I squealed with joy when I saw organic pink lady apples, nutritional yeast (something I had never tried), raw cashews (on sale!), Justin’s Maple Almond Butter (so good!) and Cocoa Hazelnut Butter. I’m glad that we went early in the morning, otherwise the other people in the store might have called the mental hospital.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Ha! I know the feeling. Our local grocery store is pretty good, but when we drive to the city to go to Whole Foods, I feel a little bit giddy. My big dream is that one day, I’ll live 5 minutes away from a Whole Foods. 🙂 Enjoy your raw cashews and nutritional yeast!

  • Reply
    Angie (@angiesrecipess)
    March 27, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I made mango salsa last week..love how easy and refreshing it is!

  • Reply
    Disha Kapadia
    March 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I am not a squealer but I do often sigh silently when I find produce that I love at markets and bazaars. The cucumber and mango salsa sounds so perfect for the hot Indian summers we are already experiencing here in Mumbai! It will make for novel and interesting party food! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      It’s definitely perfect for a hot summer day! We’ve got a little while to go before it starts getting that hot here. 🙂

  • Reply
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking
    March 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    lol! Can one ever love food too much? No, my love. No they cannot.

    This salsa looks like it was sent straight from mango heaven! Yummmmm

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      I just don’t want to be one of those people who gets teary-eyed over a good apple or writes poems about turnips. Please don’t let me become that. 🙂

  • Reply
    Cara's Healthy Cravings
    March 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Ha! You made me laugh out loud as you described your mango shopping adventure 🙂 It’s extra funny because I could totally picture myself doing the same thing!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      It’s hard not to get excited about mangoes, right? 🙂

  • Reply
    JulieD
    March 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    LOL about running! I’m definitely one of those who’s way too obsessed with food too! This salsa looks awesome…love that you added cucumber…because then the crunch comes from more than just the onions. 🙂 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 31, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      I need to use cucumbers more often! I don’t know why I always overlook them.

  • Reply
    istuke
    March 27, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Ahh, champagne mangos… I have you to thank/blame for my love of these edible gems. Just last week, I looked back at your back posts to remember when they appeared in stores last year.

    Time for a trip to Costco to buy a BOX! Thanks for the heads-up, and another great recipe.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 31, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Ha! I did the same thing! I was thinking to myself, “Hmm, champagne mangoes should be in season soon. When did I write about them last year?” And then I found my last post about them to look at the date. Perhaps I should buy a big box of them from Costco too!

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    Meg van der Kruik
    March 28, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Oh dear Kiersten…there is a reason that I don’t run in public and it is much like yours. I am so tall and lanky it just looks weird and I get all tangled up in myself and fall. Yep, that’s right…I fall, every time I hit a good pace. I think its because I am more focused on NOT looking stupid when I run than I actually am on running. LAME!

    The guys at my local grocery store think I am a nut job! I am always lurking in the produce aisle, feeling and sniffing things. It’s just weird! I have jumped up and down and yelled out loud over delicata squash before so I can feel you with your love of those beautiful mangoes.

    Is it blasphemy to say that I have actually NEVER had a champagne mango? I have got to get my hands on some of those so I can make this salsa.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      I am totally uncoordinated like that too. But my problem is the opposite–I have really short legs!

      So now that I know you bought champagne mangoes after writing this, I need to know: are they the best fruit ever? Huh? Are they? THEY ARE! Right???

  • Reply
    Joanne
    March 28, 2014 at 6:26 am

    I squeal for mangoes also!!! They are just worth the public humiliation.

    I see my weekend involving this salsa and a spoon. No chips necessary.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 31, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Luckily I have no pride, so I’m cool with public humiliation. You should have seen me when I was at Target this weekend and discovered that they were carrying a new line of vegetarian burritos…

  • Reply
    Allison @ Clean Wellness
    March 28, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I want to make this and then put it on everything! This looks so perfect for the warmer weather. Yum!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      And it goes well on just about everything too! 🙂

  • Reply
    Katie @ Produce on Parade
    March 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Oh my goodness, I could really use this fresh salsa right now! So refreshing and spring-like 🙂 I’ve never even heard of Champagne mangoes. Oh Alaska. Poo.

    Haha, I imagined you running through the produce aisle in excitement as I also do that. Often. In fact just yesterday I did the same thing for strawberries. Hey, they were on sale!

    I have a tip in case you didn’t get one for what to do with your hands when running. I run a lot. Run with all your fingers lightly pinched together. Like if you were to take a bite of a small cookie or something. Or, my favorite because I am a weirdo, I fold my thumb into my palm and fold my fingers over. My headphone strings don’t catch on my fingers that way when I run on the treadmill. Hey, Dr. Who isn’t going to watch itself! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 31, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Well, champagne mangoes are everywhere right now (well, at least here they are!), so this is definitely the perfect time to buy some. So go buy some! And thanks for the running tips–I need them. 😉

  • Reply
    Kira - HealthAble Old Soul
    March 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    What nice refresher!!! I always love to incorporate many colors of fruits and vegetables – so a well done job!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you! I love photographing colorful recipes like this. 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    March 28, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I think all food bloggers are “those” people. Love this salsa, I’d eat my weight in it all summer long! 🙂

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    March 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    What a refreshing salad, cucumber and mango work together very well! I’m having Mexican tonight, I bet the salsa pairs well with our homemade cilantro corn tortillas!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      March 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Oh, those tortillas sound amazing! I’ve been wanting to try to make my own for a while now, but still haven’t gotten around to it.

  • Reply
    Tina Muir
    April 1, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful summer side there! Cant wait to give it a try!

    I am definitely one of “those” people! Everyone laughs at me when I say I LOVE food shopping. I get so excited for walking around for precisely the reason you described, seeing all the new items, or getting inspiration from what they have to offer. It is one of my highlights of the week! I LOVE it! Thanks for making me feel like I am not the only one 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      April 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I love shopping for food too. I spend waaaay too much on groceries. 🙂 You are definitely not alone!

  • Reply
    Jennie @themessybakerblog
    April 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I usually get funky looks from fellow shoppers for hogging the produce displays. I have to pick out the perfect produce for photos. They just don’t understand. This salsa reminds me of summer. Oh how I miss warm weather. Pinning!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      April 1, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Oh yes, I do the same thing! 🙂 Thanks for the pin!

  • Reply
    Katie (The Muffin Myth)
    April 4, 2014 at 2:35 am

    This salsa looks amazing! I have’t seen champagne mangoes in these parts so I may need to sub in one of their cousins, but I’m sure it would still be delish. It looks like such a great and refreshing side, and seriously, I could just eat that entire bowl with a spoon!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      April 7, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      It does work as a salad too. Or maybe I just really wanted to eat it with a spoon because I did. 🙂

  • Reply
    Ginny
    May 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    This looks scrumptious. However, cilantro tastes soapy to me so I think I’ll substitute spearmint from my herb garden.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      May 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      That would work! I think basil might be nice too. 🙂

  • Reply
    Diane
    August 8, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Oh, how I love mangoes! And the champagne must be the “blonde” ones I find so infrequently, but are the bomb! Thanks for naming them. If you don’t care for tomatoes, try using tomatillas in your salsa. They are the Mexican green tomato and in the same family as tomatoes. Nice and firm when green. I find them to be really good in salsa and maybe a good substitute. Now on to finish my mango salsa. Just wish now I had a cuke to add!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      August 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Those are the BEST mangoes, but you can usually only find them at certain times of the year – not like the red/green mangoes, which are easy to find year-round. And yes, I love tomatillo salsa!

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    Kathryn Grace
    April 8, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I made this last night, and it was a big hit. My main squeeze cannot eat cilantro, alas, and I added an avocado to the mix, but still mighty tasty. Thank you!

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