Photo by Helana Brigman -- Cool off with Mango Salsa.

Like most fans of fresh salads and salsa, I’ve come to love that there are as many ways to make salsa as there are vegetables to imagine it — traditional tomato salsa, fruity salsas with cantaloupes, tomatillo salsa or veggie salsa with crisp cucumbers and tangy limes, to name just a few.

It’s beyond hot in Baton Rouge, and I’m just crazy for summer appetizers that cool my body while feeding my appetite. This easy and sweet recipe for Mango Salsa is the perfect, refreshing dish for a hot and hungry summer day.

Among the nice things about this fruity salsa is that it is made with very few ingredients. Just toss fresh tomatoes and ripe mangoes in lime juice with cilantro. Then season to taste with a pinch of salt and pepper and you have a new twist on an everyday summer classic.

Serve this salsa with tortilla chips or just eat it with a spoon. After all, the tradition of salsa lies in its ability to be modified.

Helana Brigman is a food writer, photographer and cookbook author. She can be reached with daily recipes at or via email at