Anytime I see a mango, I am instantly transported to my childhood. We almost always had mangoes in our house, and to me, they just sing of sunshine and summer parties that my parents would throw with tons of family and friends. Mangoes (note: plural can be “mangos” or “mangoes”) are sweet and juicy, firmer than a soft ripe peach but perfectly ripe mangoes will almost melt in your mouth as soon as you take a bite.
So when the National Mango Board approached me to work with them, I jumped at the chance. The mango is the official fruit of the National Women’s Soccer League, and the National Mango Board will be at next week’s Portland Thorns FC game against the Seattle Reign FC giving out samples. As a proud supporter of our hometown women’s soccer team, sharing my longtime favorite mango salsa recipe while giving out tickets to next week’s game is like a double jump for joy!
One lucky Urban Bliss Life reader will win four tickets to the Portland Thorns FC VS. Seattle Reign FC game next Wednesday! My family LOVES watching the Thorns play — they are fierce, and the games are always SO much fun! My soccer-loving daughter especially loves the games, and I love that the team is such a great example for her as she goes through her own years of playing soccer. The next game should be amazing! All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway widget at the bottom of this post by following the prompts for several chances to win. Deadline to enter to win is Sunday July 19 at 12:00 noon PST — SO ENTER TODAY, folks!
If you haven’t tried mangoes yet, I urge you to put it on your summer bucket list. You can start by making my super easy Summer Mango Salsa.
Summer Mango Salsa
This Summer Mango Salsa recipe is such a simple salsa recipe. I LOVE IT. It takes just 10-15 minutes to make, and it’s really, really hard to mess up.
You just chop all of the ingredients and mix them together in a bowl, set it for a bit in the fridge so the main ingredients soak up that luscious lime juice, then serve. Simple!
How to tell when a mango is ripe
Now, you do want to make sure that the mango you choose is a ripe mango. How do you tell when a mango is ripe? When you pick up a mango, it should give slightly if you give it a very, very gentle squeeze. If the mango doesn’t give, it’s not ready; if it feels softer like a ripe peach or avocado, it’s ready. You can also tell by smell: ripe mangoes will give off a sweet smell when you smell around the stem. Because there are so many different types of mangoes, color is not necessarily an indication of ripeness. Many people think that the amount of redness in the skin indicates how ripe a mango is — and quite frankly, sometimes the ripest mangoes really do have more red on their skin — but in most cases, the red color usually just indicates how much sun that mango got.
My son, oddly enough, never had mango before he helped me with this salsa and he tried it. He loves it: the mango, and the salsa!
This salsa is fantastic as soon as it’s assembled, but I personally prefer to let it sit in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours to allow the lime to soak into the tomatoes, onions, and mango.
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Thanks to the National Mango Board for sponsoring this post. All opinions, recipes, and photos are, as always, my own.