Terrific Tropical Salsa That Will Have You Begging for More

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This terrific tropical salsa recipe that will have you begging for more is a creation that I threw together when I started wanting to eat clean. I decided to work on improving not just my weight, but my overall health. This machine that we only have control over what fuel we put into it doesn’t necessarily run well on what our taste buds favor. Therefore, I have been working on making things that please them both! That’s exactly what this recipe does.

Hand holding a mango that's perfect for terrific tropical salsa recipe.
Fresh mango Photo by Bannon Morrissy on Unsplash

Salsa Lover 101

I LOVE salsa. Almost any form of it. Roasted, cold, Verde, or slightly sweet. It usually will always consist of certain ingredients that are a given. Even though they may vary in variety, color, taste or state of consistency. You will find the base of a good salsa starts with tomatoes. Fresh is best in my opinion, but I have used canned. Today we are using only fresh ingredients for this particular recipe.

Terrific Tropical Salsa Recipe Makes Me Happy

Mango chopped with lime & cilantro for terrific tropical salsa recipe

I use to think sweet fruit in salsa would just be nasty. That’s what I get for thinking – wrong. I tried some that were store-bought several years ago and fell in love with it. I think one reason I love it is that it makes me feel a little decadent. Who doesn’t like to eat something that makes them feel like they are on vacation?

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Variations of this terrific tropical salsa recipe –

I do want to say that you can very easily bend this recipe to your preference of fruit choices. If you’re like us we love most all fruits, so when I get ready to make it, it usually will just depend on what’s in our fruit basket at the time. I have made it with mango, peach, pineapple, and kiwi. I am sure that there are plenty of other fruits that you could use, but these are the only ones that I’ve tried.

What Do You Dip Terrific Tropical Salsa With?Bowl of terrific tropical salsa recipe with cilantro, lime and chips on the patio.

We usually use corn tortilla chips. I have friends that have suggested cinnamon pita chips and plantains. If I am really eating clean I buy lettuce, usually a nice artisan type, romaine, or just large leaf lettuce – drop a couple of spoonfuls in the center and roll it up and have a wrap.

How Else Can You Use Tropical Salsa?

The ideas for it to be a side/garnish/condiment could be endless. I use it as a side for grilled chicken. We sometimes use it as a topping on a “bowl” dish of quinoa or Frito’s, bbq shredded chicken mixed with black or red beans, a little bit of shredded cheddar and a huge scoop right on top.

My Favorite Way to Eat Tropical Salsa3 or 4 different dips and chips on a serving platter in the center of a table.

My favorite way to eat it is by the bowl full! I love when I make all dips for dinner! Fresh tropical/regular salsa, fresh guacamole, hummus or cheese dip (if I’m indulging, which I do way more than I should). This is an all-round family fav. I usually make a double batch, so we can use to pair with other meals or snack on for a couple of days.

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There’s only one THING missing…

A cold delish cocktail to wash all this salty, sweet heat down! Take your pick a Southern French Martini, tasty Fruity Vodka Cocktail or a tangy Lemonberry Libation.

Box of fresh picked tomatoes
Fresh from the garden!

Let Me Know

After you try this recipe, let me know what your favorite version is.

How did you serve it?

Which fruit did you try?

Rhapsodyville kitchen love right here!

~ Trina

Fresh mango salsa with chip and lime.

Tropical Salsa

Trina Welch
Combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and seasonings for a delightful salsa.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
chopping & mixing 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mediterranean, Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 45 kcal



  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 3-4 Med/Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Medium Mango Variations: Peaches(3-4), Pineapple (1 c), Kiwi(3-4)
  • 1/4 C Cilantro
  • 3-6 Medium Jalapenos Seeded for milder flavor.
  • 1 Med/Large Lime
  • 1-2 TBSP Minced garlic from the jar This could be a clove or two if you have fresh.
  • 1-2 tsp Cumin
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP Honey


  • I chop my tomatoes, fruit of choice with a knife. Put them in the bowl.
  • I use chopper for onion and jalapeno, for smaller pieces. If you want more heat leave seeds in peppers, virtually no heat, just flavor - remove them. Trick to removing seeds and vein is with a spoon. I cut my pepper in half, hold it over trash and run the spoon down the inside striping them all out. For this to have the right heat for us I usually remove the inside out of 2 and leave in the other 1 or 2.
  • It's up to you to decide the best way for you to chop cilantro. I am still working on it. I usually have several stems, fold in half or thirds then very finely chop with knife. I ALWAYS do this item last, because it is the messiest.
  • Cut lime in half and juice it into a cup so you can decide how much you want to add. I use the juice of a whole one for this recipe. Tip for lime juicing if you do not have a plastic juicer to twist lime on you can use a spoon for this, also. Just mash the round part in, apply pressure and turn lime.
  • I then add seasonings and honey. All of these can vary based on what you like yours to taste like.
  • Stir, and refrigerate till time to serve!


Calories: 45kcal
Keyword fruit salsa, salsa, tropical salsa
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11 thoughts on “Terrific Tropical Salsa That Will Have You Begging for More”

  1. Yummy! I love salsa, nachos, tacos, burritos, man oh man anything in the Mexican cuisine. I definitely have to try this because it will not be your normal!


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