Honey Mango Salsa (Paleo, Whole30)
This vibrant, fresh and amazing mango salsa comes together in less than 10-minutes and is the perfect appetizer, snack, or topping to make your salmon and pork chops sing! I love to make this during the summer when I’m looking for a fresh and easy salsa everyone will love. Easily make this Paleo and Whole30 friendly salsa AIP and feel good about serving your family and friends real, whole, nutritious food.
Salsa or Pico?
So what is the difference between salsa and pico? Technically speaking, this dish is a pico de gallo since it is made with fresh chunks of food and is more like a salad. Salsas are more sauce like, are usually puréed and are smoother. No matter what you want to call it, mango salsa or mango pico de gallo, you can’t go wrong with this sweet, tangy, and mouthwatering salsa…I mean pico!
Why Mangos are So Good For You!
Mangos or mangoes are one of the most widely consumed foods in the world and are cultivated throughout the world! They belong to the cashew family of plants and are considered a stone fruit with their large seed found within.
Did you know that mangos contain a nutrient called Choline that is essential in many bodily functions from brain and nervous system function or the formation of your body’s cell membranes. Full of lots of other good for you nutrients, fiber and more, these golden beauties are a wonderful whole food to add to a healthy way of eating!
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene): A fat soluble vitamin that is a powerful antioxidant supporting healthy vision, immune function, cell growth, and brain function.
- Vitamin B9 (folate): Essential vitamin that supports neural tube development during pregnancy, the production of red blood cells and the production of genetic material .
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid): A powerful antioxidant that supports healthy immune function, and the absorption of non-heme iron.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): There are many benefits from a diet rich in vitamin B6. It plays a role in our immune health, metabolism, and brain health. Vitamin B6 is essential in creating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which play a role in emotional health and sleep .
- Vitamin K: Fat soluble vitamin that supports the body’s ability to form blood clots and is converted to vitamin K2 in the gut and supports healthy bones .
- Potassium: An essential electrolyte necessary in nervous system function, metabolism, hydration, and in regulating your heartbeat .
- Magnesium: A mineral that is essential in healthy metabolism, nervous system regulation, detoxification, and blood sugar regulation.
Mangos are full of insoluble and soluble fiber that supports the digestive system as well as overall health.
- Insoluble fiber: bulking fiber that keeps things moving along through the digestive system promoting healthy detoxification and waste removal.
- Soluble fiber: absorbs water and gels in the digestive tract slowing the absorption of carbohydrates therefor supporting blood sugar regulation and feeds the beneficial bacteria in the microbiome.
So grab some lovely mangos and let’s get cooking!
Honey Mango Salsa Ingredients
3-4 Ripe Honey Mangos*, diced
1 Red Bell pepper**, diced
1/2 Red Onion, diced
1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped
1/4-1 Jalapeño**, finely minced (0pt)
2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt or Pink Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper**
*You can use any type of mango you like
**Omit the peppers and black pepper for an AIP Mango Salsa which is still amazing!
How to Make Honey Mango Salsa
1. Rinse all your fruit and vegetables under cool water and gently pat dry.
2. Slice the mangos along the plane of the seed with the skin still on.
3. Gently use the top of a knife to cut dices in the mangos and scoop out with a clean spoon, transfer the mangos to a large bowl.
4. Dice the bell pepper and add to the bowl with the mangos (check out my favorite chef’s knife.)
5. Finely dice the red onion and jalapeño and add them as well.
6. Chop the cilantro and add to the bowl along with the fresh lime juice, salt and pepper.
7. Toss with a spoon or spatula until well combined!
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Q: Can I make mango salsa ahead of time?
A: Yes, I would stick with just a few hours ahead as the fruit and veggies will marinate and make the salsa a bit more watery.
Q: How long will mango pico de gallo last?
A: Store mango salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 48 hours.
Q: Can I use a sweet onion instead of a red onion in mango salsa?
A: Yes, of course, use your favorite onion, maybe try green onions and let me know how it turns out!
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