Mango and Cucumber Chile Salad

April 27, 2015
5 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 2 as a side
Author Notes

My current go-to is this super simple mango, cucumber, and chile salad. It’s beyond easy to make, and it certainly is delicious. —Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch

Test Kitchen Notes

This salad was easy to put together and really pretty. The cucumber and mango were a tasty pair and the herbs, chili, and lime juice added a lot of flavor. To punch it up a little, I added some sliced avocado and a bit more salt. It was a nice partner for some grilled salmon on a hot summer night. (I know it’s still spring, but it was 88 degrees in Austin today.) —drbabs

What You'll Need
  • 1 very ripe mango, sliced
  • 2 persian cucumbers (or 1/2 english cucumber), thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) cayenne chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons thinly chopped scallion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, basil, chives, or a mix)
  • 1 lime
  1. Arrange the mango and cucumber slices on a plate. Evenly sprinkle chile and salt over. Top with the chopped scallions and herbs, then cut lime in half, and squeeze juice evenly over everything.

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7 Reviews

Rebecca K. July 17, 2021
Surprisingly delicious! Made this spur of the moment after slicing cucumber and then finding out my avocados were bad. The flavors melded together perfectly, I used Penzey's Pico Fruta for the chili powder and sprinkled Maldon salt over the top. What a wonderful summer salad.
rob September 16, 2017
Great salad. The only thing I would watch out for is the amount of cayenne. A ¼ teaspoon is way too much. A small pinch seems about right.
Ashley July 10, 2017
reappropriation of latinx street food
Scott S. June 28, 2015
If you've ever had the fruit from the fruit dudes in Los Angeles, this is in the neighborhood of that- Quick and easy! The Green Onion was a nice touch and moved it in a definitively savory direction.
Ninfa A. June 14, 2015
I just made it and it was a terrific blend of flavors and textures, delish!
QueenSashy May 21, 2015
I love the combination of cucumber, mango and chile and so look forward to trying this soon. Congrats on the CP!
Annie S. May 21, 2015
I also tested this salad for the contest and it was wonderful! Great combination of flavors and it came together easily as drbabs mentioned. Thanks for sharing this. (Btw my husband and I differ on on the " value" of cucumbers and this salad swayed his opinion!)