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Fresh Mango Avocado Salsa

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A cheerful, bright, and fresh mango avocado salsa makes the perfect side, snack, or finishing touch to your next taco night.

Next try making your own pico de gallo!

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A large bowl full of fresh mango avocado salsa.

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On the short list of things that our newly-minted threenager loves more than life itself is mango. The kid can easily plow through an entire fresh mango in one sitting, no problem. I’ve never offered him more than that, and am slightly afraid that the limit may not exist.

As a result, about a month ago, I finally took the three minutes to watch a video and figure out how to cut a mango myself. And, spoiler alert, once you know what you’re doing, it’s not hard! Previously I might have purchased a fresh, whole mango myself once a year or so, and attempted to attack it on my own. This would universally lead to a pile of grossly misshapen orange chunks and a really pathetic yield of edible fruit, especially compared to the huge amounts I either failed to get off the skin or just smashed beyond all recognition. Not pretty.

Ahem. No longer! Now I buy mangos whole and can actually make presentable cubes of the fruit, which basically makes me feel like a rock star. This is the good side of YouTube, people – watch and learn for yourself.

Now we eat all the mango, all the time, and I’m constantly obsessing over new ways to use it. The first resulting recipe I want to share here is this super fresh mango avocado salsa. I’ve inhaled batches by itself with chips, spooned over shrimp tacos, and piled high atop beef barbacoa, and am happy to report that it goes SO WELL with, well, everything! This will definitely be on repeat all summer long. And probably long after that, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t need a salsa that looks and tastes like summer when the weather turns cold and gray!?

Glamour shots of cut-open avocado and cut-open mango.

Ingredients for mango avocado salsa prepared and on a cutting board.

Animated GIF of fresh mango avocado salsa coming together.

Close-up of fresh mango avocado salsa with cilantro, jalapenos, red onions, and lime juice.

A Few Tips For Making Mango Avocado Salsa

  • Fresh ingredients carry the day here – mango, avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and a bit of jalapeño. If you don’t dig the onion, just leave it out, or consider subbing some red bell pepper!
  • I personally just cut the mango the first way shown in the referenced video, cutting my “grid” into smaller, salsa-sized chunks, then using a paring knife to separate the chunks from the skin. I find I’m pretty sloppy still with the “peel and boards” method – maybe I need a better peeler??
  • For a pretty mild salsa, I usually use just half a jalapeño with all of the seeds and membrane removed – obviously adjust to your own taste!
  • A good cutting board prevents slipping and cross-contamination with anything else you’ve got going in the kitchen at the same time!
  • This tastes best made fresh, but if you want to get ahead, prep everything except the avocado, and mix that in last!

Now before you think for even a second that we’ve conquered the picky eating phase, rest assured that just because my son loves mango does NOT mean he will eat it mixed in with all these interlopers. So, when you’re a food blogger and a mama, too, you get scenes like this:

A large bowl full of fresh mango avocado salsa, with tupperware off to the side containing plain mango and plain avocado.

A large bowl full of fresh mango avocado salsa.

For more great salsas and sides, try making your own homemade pico de gallo (so much better than anything from a store!) and, of course, guacamole! And pile it all high on top of these sheet pan chipotle lime shrimp fajitas or skinny Baja chicken tacos – your family will go crazy!

And don’t forget a margarita for the chef. 🙂

Two cocktail glasses filled with skinny margaritas and garnished with fresh lime.

If you try this salsa or any other recipe on the blog, please remember to rate the recipe and leave a comment below. I love hearing from you, and other readers will benefit from your experience!

A large bowl full of fresh mango avocado salsa.

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Fresh Mango Avocado Salsa



Yield about 2 cups

A cheerful, bright mango avocado salsa makes the perfect side, snack, or finishing touch to your next taco night.


  • 1 mango, cut into small cubes
  • 1 avocado, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2-1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • small handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • pinch kosher salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir gently to combine. Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Enjoy!


Note: This does taste best when freshly made, but if you really need prep ahead, I’d recommend combining everything except the avocado, and cutting/mixing in the avocado cubes immediately before serving to minimize browning. Being sure the avocado is well-coated in lime juice will help, as well.

Courses Snack

Cuisine American, Tex-Mex

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  • Reply
    Sandhya Hariharan
    May 24, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Monica, your Mango Salsa looks absolutely stunning. I have made it twice last week, they tasted heavenly but pictures are no way nice as yours..

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      May 26, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Thank you so much, Sandhya, I’m so happy to know you enjoyed it!

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    May 24, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    This is a perfect salsa for summers! I loved how you styled your mango and avocado in ingredients shot!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      May 26, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Thanks so much, Sonal! I figured such fabulous ingredients deserved their own glamour shots, haha!

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    Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
    May 24, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    This salsa looks so beautiful! I wish I could find good mangoes where I live, otherwise I would be eating them daily too. I grew up in Australia with mango trees in the backyard and how I miss those days! This recipe looks perfect for summer.

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      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      May 26, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Thank you so much, Thanh! Oh my goodness, I would miss those days, too! Isn’t it funny the things you can struggle to find various places? I feel like I really struggle with getting good avocados here – they always have some at the store, but they never ripen quite right, I suspect the ones we get here were picked too early!

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    Vanessa | Zest & Simmer
    May 24, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    I adore pairing sweet salsas like this with spicy food, and can just imagine how tasty this would be with some tacos!!! Love that you included avocado in this – it’s one I will have to try!

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      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      May 26, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Vanessa – I so agree, sweet salsa with a spicy food makes such a great combination! Let me know if you try this one! 🙂

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    Jessica Formicola
    May 24, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    I am loving all of these fresh ingredients! So perfect for summer!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      May 26, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Thanks so much, Jessica!

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