The Best Peach Mango Salsa

I’m a salsa fanatic and I can make a meal out of it. Chips aren’t even required.

And I’m highly picky. I’m have to make my own if I want to love it.

The Best Peach Mango Salsa (vegan, GF) - Fast, easy, and tastes a million times better than anything storebought! So.darn.good!!

And I love this. It’s the best peach mango salsa ever and I’ve been making it at least once a week this summer.

It’s fast, easy, naturally vegan, gluten-free, pretty darn low-cal, and healthy. It’s fruits and vegetables so it has to be healthy. That’s what I tell myself as I’m shoveling it down with a spoon.

The Best Peach Mango Salsa (vegan, GF) - Fast, easy, and tastes a million times better than anything storebought! So.darn.good!!

If you’re a fan of Trader Joe’s Peach Mango Salsa, this stuff will knock your socks off. It’s different than TJ’s salsa because the fruit is firmer and less mushy, fresher, and more abundant. Some jars of peach salsa seem to be nothing more than onions and tomato paste.

I’m also not a fan of raw onions and raw garlic. Once they’re added to any dish, that’s all I can smell or taste and they overpower all other flavors for me.

In order to add flavor but get around the raw onions and garlic issue, I used two tablespoons of sweet Thai chili sauce. There’s onions and garlic in it, but it’s mellow and smooth. Trader Joe’s makes a sauce but I find theirs to be very garlicky, and I prefer the Thai Kitchen Sweet Red Chili Sauce, sold in the Asian foods aisle of the grocery store.

The Best Peach Mango Salsa (vegan, GF) - Fast, easy, and tastes a million times better than anything storebought! So.darn.good!!

Between the Thai chili sauce and a jalapeño pepper, the salsa has enough moderate heat to enjoy, but not so much it sets off four alarm fires. Use the seeds of the pepper or add cayenne if you want it extra spicy.

I love the texture and flavor of the sweet corn, the tart lime juice in contrast with the sweet fruit, and the earthiness of the cilantro, and salsa is so easy to customize. If you want to skip the corn and add edamame (I do this frequently and love it) or black beans, swap nectarines for peaches, add garlic, onions, cayenne, or add diced avocado, go for it.

The Best Peach Mango Salsa (vegan, GF) - Fast, easy, and tastes a million times better than anything storebought! So.darn.good!!

If I can bring myself to make the salsa and then forget about it overnight in the fridge, the next day the flavors have married together beautifully and the salsa tastes even better.

But that usually doesn’t happen because once I make this stuff, I can and do devour the whole batch.

The Best Peach Mango Salsa (vegan, GF) - Fast, easy, and tastes a million times better than anything storebought! So.darn.good!!

I highly recommend washing it down with The Best Margaritas or Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria.

Just think of all that Vitamin C you’re getting.

The Best Peach Mango Salsa (vegan, GF) - Fast, easy, and tastes a million times better than anything storebought! So.darn.good!!

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The Best Peach Mango Salsa (vegan, GF)

This is the best peach mango salsa ever. It’s fast, easy, naturally vegan, gluten-free, low-cal, and healthy. Between the Thai chili sauce (try Thai Kitchen or Trader Joe's) and a jalapeño pepper, the salsa has enough moderate heat to enjoy, but not so much it sets off four alarm fires. Use the seeds of the pepper or add cayenne if you want the salsa extra spicy. Salsa is easy to customize and if you want to skip the corn and add edamame (love it), black beans, swap nectarines for peaches, add garlic, onions, cayenne, or add diced avocado, go for it. Salsa can be served immediately, but I find it tastes even better on second day after the flavors have married.

Yield: about 3 1/2 cups, recipe is easily doubled, tripled, etc.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes, or overnight

Ingredients:

2 small/medium ripe peaches, diced (peeled or unpeeled)
1 average/medium ripe mango, peeled and diced (fresh preferred, but frozen is okay)
1 average/medium de-seeded jalapeño pepper, diced finely (or keep the seeds for extra heat)
1 cup corn (I use frozen and don't thaw)
2 tablespoons Sweet Red Chili Sauce (try Thai Kitchen or Trader Joe's)
juice of 1 very juicy lime (use 2 limes if they're not very juicy), about 3 to 4 tablespoons
about 25 to 50 cilantro leaves, torn (discard stems)
salt, optional and to taste
pinch cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
chips, for serving
The Best Homemade Margaritas or Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria, optional but recommended

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl, stir to combine, taste, and make flavor adjustments as necessary. Tip - After peeling and trimming the flesh of the mango away from the seed, squeeze the seed tightly over the mixing bowl to collect extra mango juice which adds extra mango flavor to the salsa.
  2. Serve immediately with chips or your favorite dippers, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before serving. The flavors marry over time and the salsa tastes even better on the second day. Salsa will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days, noting that the fruit will release juices as time passes.

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56 comments

  1. This sounds amazing and fresh and perfect for summer! I’m going to make this and pair it with the coconut shrimp from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Summer perfection!!

    • I saw that recipe of Sally’s and when I read it, thought, wow, I bet the salsa I’m posting today would pair nicely with it! Please LMK how you like my recipe!

  2. Loving this sweet salsa idea! Pinned!

  3. I’m freshly stocked with peaches and mangoes so I can’t wait to try this – love the cilantro!

  4. peaches and mangoes sound like one great combination in this salsa! i love the colors, too. :)

  5. Never had sweet salsa before. This peach and mango salsa sounds so intriguing! Pinning of course!

  6. I could definitely eat this by the bowlfuls! I am so with you – not a huge fan of raw onions and garlic either. I’d take this beautiful version over regular salsa any day :).

  7. Love love the peaches and mango in salsa! I think I’ve had freshly prepared mango salsa that was amazing but never peach salsa. I would 100% add avocados to this and edamame. Which would essentially make it a meal and give me an excuse to eat the entire thing….

  8. Yum! I love non-tomato salsas. I have made meals out of salsa so many times :) The colors in this are so pretty and summery!

  9. Ohhh I could make a meal out of this! Can you imagine seafood nachos with a whole heaping lot of this on top?! Yum!

    • Just told this to Sally in my comment reply to her and yes the nachos idea is perfect — In San Diego with all the fish tacos around here, there’s so many great recipes for salsa-meets-tacos-meets-ceviche all in one. I think any combo could be so tasty! Wicked shellfish allergy so I can’t try it regardless but making meals out of salsa is a-okay :)

  10. I had the best salsa last week Averie – I know you don’t eat meat but it was a fresh crab salsa. So good! And you know what? We made a meal of it. This mango salsa sounds incredible – it would be so yummy with my coconut shrimp!

    • It would be totally perfect with your coconut shrimp! And that crab salsa sounds great. In San Diego with all the fish tacos around here, there’s so many great recipes for salsa-meets-tacos-meets-ceviche all in one. I think any combo could be so tasty! Wicked shellfish allergy so I can’t try it regardless but making meals out of salsa is a-okay :)

  11. I’ve been looking for a fruit salsa to try, and this one with peaches looks like a good choice. I eat my homemade pico de gallo by the spoonful, and I think this one would be the same!

  12. I love this salsa – homemade salsa is so healthy, salt level can be controlled and is a perfect match with simple grilled fish, meat or chicken. This looks pretty perfect, Averie.

    • Liz you and me both with the salt! I added zero to this and selected the least sodium-heavy sauce I could find, only used 2 tbsp for the whole batch, and was able to keep this totally under control with the salt and never would miss it!

  13. I’m newly in love with mango (are you surprised?) and I need to try this. I bet the sweet/spicy combo is amazing. Now just hand me some chips! Pinned!

    • Wait you weren’t always a mango lover?! Okay you surprise me every day!Food trivia for you, avocado, banana, and mango are all part of the latex family if you’re looking at the botany side of plants and I know you love avo and bananas so not surprised about mango!

  14. i love this! Between the chili sauce, the fruit, jalapeno, and cilantro – its all my favorite flavors in a single dish! Chips are completely optional, with flavors like these.

    • Katie I am in love love love with this stuff. Like, I have made a rendition/version of it every 2 days or so for a couple weeks now. With edamame, avocado, zucchini, you name it, have tried it. You would lovvvvve this stuff! And yes, chips are optional. You just need a fork :)

  15. Fresh, raw fruit salsa is my favorite kind so I will be making this over the weekend. Scallions are about the only raw onion I like anymore (all others must be caramelized) and I don’t like biting into raw garlic either. Cilantro is another story–I use it quite liberally and it is one of my favorite herbs. I know we’d love this with fish and I will probably be guilty of finishing the rest off with a spoon (or dumping it on my salad)! Can’t wait to try it:)

    • Paula you’re going to love it! I have since remade this MANY times and have used edamame, avocado, zucchini, and I also have a recipe coming (but not for about 3 weeks? sorry!) but it uses a TON of cilantro. I didn’t know you love it (me too and I can eat it as if it were just lettuce). If you try this over the weekend, LMK how it goes! I advocate a double batch right off the bat!

    • I’ve been anxious to get back to you on this one—it’s so incredibly good!! I made it early this am so it could sit in the fridge all day. I’m glad I doubled it because my sample taste a couple of hours later turned into a bowl (breakfast of champions)! I found some sea bass and it was fabulous with that for dinner. I bought enough peaches and mangoes to make it again–we’ll easily finish off the rest tomorrow. This is the best peach mango salsa indeed!

    • Paula I did EXACTLY what you’ve done so many times with this, a taste test turns into a bowl and thus that’s why the double batch is key :) I am so glad you love it and it would be amazing with the sea bass I’m sure! It’s excellent with edamame and avocado, too. Or even black beans. So happy you agree that this is the best peach mango salsa! Thanks for trying it! :)

  16. That sounds like a fantastic combination, and I’m with you on raw onions, they often overpower a dish and I avoid them if I can.

  17. Looks amazing! Love all the colors. I better get to our mango supply before my brother eats all of them!

  18. Averie, I’m a salsa fanatic too and I agree…tortilla chips are just a vessel. I like using a spoon so I don’t fill up on chips! This looks great because I have been patiently waiting for peaches to come to the farmers market.

  19. I am so obsessed with mango lately, so this is right up my alley. Canada Day is next Tuesday, this would be perfect for out little get together!

  20. This is such gorgeous salsa!

  21. Yum, I love this sweet twist to salsa, I need to make this now!

  22. I’m in a total mango crazed state right now! This salsa looks wonderful! Love the corn and sweet chili sauce.

  23. I’ve never combined peach and mango before, but it looks to die for! I’m putting this on grilled chicken this weekend – thanks for the great recipe!

  24. So glad I’m not the only one who sits there with a bowl of salsa and a spoon eating it like it’s the main course! I love Trader Joe’s peach salsa, but I’m pretty sure this one blows it out of the park! Can’t wait to make it! Pinned!

  25. Looks great! Hope you’ll consider linking up to Good Food Fridays with us! http://www.socalledhomemaker.com/2014/06/good-food-fridays.html

  26. Loving mango salsa and it sounds amazing with peach! Love the bright colors and I could definitely eat this by the spoonful – no chips needed – pinning :)

  27. Oh my goodness, you’ve totally outdone yourself!! I LOVE mango salsa. And I think you are SO RIGHT about the onion and garlic, and you are so clever to figure out a way around it! I bet this is divine. Pinned!

  28. Can this be my dinner all summer long? Please and thank you! Pinned!

  29. Gorgeous!! And you even tamed down the garlic & onion; we’re so alike! :D

  30. Yum! I need to make fish tacos just so I have an excuse to make these and shovel copious amounts in to my mouth :)

  31. Oh my gosh Averie, it feels like you’re reading my mind!! 1) I LOVE salsa and usually skip the chips. I’ll eat it with a spoon straight from a bowl, or if I’m feeling slightly crazy, I’ll stack 4-6 spinach leaves together to make them sturdy enough to be my “chip” for dipping. (Yes, I’m crazy!) 2) I hate raw onions and raw garlic too. Especially onions. I feel like I’m eating BO and that’s just not okay with me. If they’re grilled and sweet, fine. But no BO in my mouth thanks! ;) 3) Peach mango is my current salsa flavor obsession, and I love how yours really makes the fruit the star, not just a minor mix in. I’d probably hog the entire batch and not share a single bite!

    • I feel like I’m eating BO = ME TOO! That is exactly what they smell/taste like to me when raw! Thought I was the only one who must have thought that!

      Love your stacking trick. I would much rather use plants, i.e. cucumber rounds, than chips anyway!

    • You’re totally not the only one!! I’ve thought that ever since I accidentally ate some raw on a burger my friend’s mom bought us, and I’ve refused to eat them raw ever since. I’ll even meticulously pick them out of TJ’s salads; I just can’t stand them!

      Love your cucumber rounds idea — I definitely need to try that next!!

  32. You know this is totally my kind of salsa right? I also have a bag of tortilla chips just waiting to be used up! But then again who needs chips? This is probably better eaten with a spoon!

    • I’ve re-made this like 5 times since I originally made it, and every time have doubled/tripled the batch and wind up just eating it with a spoon! I think you’d probably love this one! I need to make it for you :)

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