It’s fall, which means gatherings galore! Maybe you’ll be hosting or going to a fall party, and you need a dish to take with you. I am so happy to partner with Natural Delights to bring you this sweet yet spicy mango salsa recipe that you and your guests will absolutely love.
During the holiday season, eating healthy should still be a priority. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Enjoy your other appetizers and foods, but use fruits and veggies to bulk up your meals.
Fruits and vegetables are lower in calories and high in nutrients. Adding both of these gives you more bang for your nutrition buck. Plus, it’s super easy to do! This recipe is an excellent example because it only uses six simple ingredients, and they’re all fruits and veggies.
What is Swicy?
Swicy is a fun way to put the words sweet and spicy together. Honestly, it’s the best way to describe this recipe. One of my nutrition philosophies is that food should be fun, and this is definitely a way to have fun with food.
If you love Tajin on any fruit, these Tajin spiced dates paired with the mango is next level. The sweetness from the dates and spicy from the Tajin is what makes it so good!
Ingredients for Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa
This Spicy Mango Salsa has only a few ingredients that are easy to find and pack a lot of great nutrients into a fall appetizer.
Most of these ingredients provide you with many nutrients to keep your immune system in check. During the fall and winter, we spend time with many people and travel more, so immune health is top of mind.
Take a look at the nutrients that come from each of these ingredients, and you might see a common ingredient.
Mango: Add sweetness to this recipe, and it is a great way to get some extra fiber into your diet, as well as folate, vitamin C, and various B vitamins.
Red Onion: Gives this recipe a little kick and also helps with immune health and has a good amount of quercetin, a powerful antioxidant.
Lime: You can’t have salsa without adding a little lime! These little green guys are loaded with vitamin C to help keep you healthy during the holiday season.
Red Bell Pepper: Adds a nice texture to salsa and is an excellent source of vitamin C, and Vitamin A.
Cilantro: A lovely fresh herb that has antioxidants that help keep your body healthy and fight off free radicals, as well as a good source of vitamin K to support bone health.
Tajin Spiced Medjool Dates: These Natural Delights Dates bring the whole dish together.
How To Eat This
Spicy Mango Salsa is just that, salsa! You can eat it by itself, with chips, add it on top of avocado toast, in tacos, and any place you would eat salsa or guacamole. It works well with various recipes and adds flavor and nutrients.
View it as a classic dip, anything you can dip that might taste good with a spicy mango salsa, I would try.
Medjool Date Strips with Tajin
Because this recipe only calls for about 1/4 cup of the Medjool Date Strips with Tajin, here are some additional ideas on using them to prevent waste and to add nutrients to your meals
- Trail Mix (I showed this on Channel 12 News!) Bulk up your store-bought trail mix with extra healthy ingredients like Tajin seasoned dates, pumpkin seeds, nuts, hemp seeds, dried cranberries, and apricots.
- Use them as a salad topper. Dates taste great in a big green salad mix. The example I had was a shaved Brussels Sprouts and Kale salad.
- Add them to your snack board. Pair them with other grab-and-go snack items and toss it onto a board.
- Make a vegan cream-cheese spread and mix the dates for a sweet, spicy dip or spread.
What other ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments and give this recipe a try.
Sweet and Spicy Mango Salsa—”Swicy”
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. I found that chopping the mango up into smaller cubes worked best, too btw!
Let it sit for about 1 hour or two to let the flavors mingle.