Macayo’s Recipe

Springy Citrus Mango Salsa

A simple citrus salsa that highlights the flavors of mango, lemon, lime and orange will brighten up your favorite dishes and give them a burst of flavor. As a superfood, mangoes deliver a nutritional punch, as they’re loaded with potassium, fiber, antioxidants and healthy enzymes, as well as vitamins A, B, C and E.

Amazingly sweet and delicious when eaten on their own, mangoes pair perfectly with a variety of proteins, including pork, chicken and fish. Top flaky grilled snapper or salmon with a helping of mango-citrus salsa, or serve it as a side to tame the spice in barbecued Asian ribs. This simple salsa will also breathe new life into a simple luncheon salad, and it’s also delicious when served with lime-infused tortilla chips.

Mangoes are generally available all year round, though they’re at their peak from late spring to early fall. Look for mangoes that have a bright color and no bruises or other marks. They should be firm but should have a little give when you press them with your thumb. For the most precise cuts, use a serrated knife.


2 ripe mangoes, peeled and diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

3 tbs red onion, finely chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp lime zest

2 tbs. freshly squeezed orange juice, or to taste

2 tbs minced fresh cilantro


Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. For a more savory salsa, substitute 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil for the orange juice and add coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

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