Cucumber Mango Salad is everything great about summer in a bowl. A refreshing combination of cool crisp cucumbers, sweet ripe mango, thinly sliced red onions, fresh finely chopped cilantro, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and a dash of Tajin seasoning. This yummy cucumber mango salad, in all its glory, can be prepared in as little as 15 minutes.
Sometimes you have to use what you have to make a quick bite, and cucumber mango salad is the delicious (and healthy!) solution to use leftover cucumbers and mangoes too. What’s more? It gets ready in less than 20 minutes, feels satiating, and runs the risk to become your next-favorite go-to nibble.
How to make Cucumber Mango Salad?
Start by tossing red onion in apple cider vinegar until it is completely coated. Let the onion sit in the vinegar for at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add chopped mango, cilantro, and cucumber. When ready, add the vinegar-coated onion into the bowl with the other ingredients. Sprinkle Tajin seasoning or add a mix of 1 tsp cayenne pepper and 1 tsp lemon pepper with a pinch of salt to the salad. Refrigerate, and it is ready!
How to cut a mango?
Cutting a mango is an easy 5-step task. Place on a cutting board with the bottom sitting upright, and the stem is pointing up. Cut as much cheek as possible until just the white seed in the center is left. Once you are done, you will have four cut pieces of mango. Now score each piece by slicing it first horizontally and then vertically until you get several mango boxes. Scoop the now hedgehog-looking flesh with a spoon or scoop.
How spicy is this salad?
That depends on your taste buds and a threshold for hot dishes. The amount of Tajin, the seasoning that adds spice to the salad, can be increased or decreased. Also, adding a drizzle of honey helps to tame the heat.
Is Cucumber Mango Salad keto-friendly?
The cucumber mango salad makes a healthy and gluten-free addition to your diet when you are going keto. If you keep the quantity of mango limited by adding only 2/3rds of the fruit, the salad will not disrupt the 50g carb intake.
Can this salad cause weight gain?
Many people associate mangoes with weight gain. However, according to nutritionists, it is not quite true. The fruit has neither cholesterol nor salt. In fact, it nourishes your body. As long as you do not overeat the cucumber mango salad, you do not have to worry about weight gain.
How to store leftovers?
Refrigerate your Cucumber mango salad in an airtight container. It can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- 2 Mangos cubed
- 1 large cucumber peeled and sliced
- ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
- cup red onion thinly sliced
- cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ -1 teaspoon Tajin Classico Seasoning substitute detail below
- optional: add honey to taste
- In a small bowl, toss the red onion in the apple cider vinegar until completely coated. Let the onions rest in the vinegar for at least 10 minutes
- In a large bowl, add chopped mango, cucumber and cilantro. Add in onions and vinegar when ready.
- Sprinkle Tajin seasoning over the salad and toss until completely mixed in.
- Note: if you don’t have Tajin I would substitute with a mix of 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of lemon pepper, and 1 pinch of salt.
- Refrigerate and serve when ready.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
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