Mango Salsa Recipe & Garden Roses Haircut

As promised, “Voila!” the mango salsa recipe that toppled over our teriyaki burger post a few days ago. And we’re thrilled that we actually wrote about it, as promised, considering how behind we’ve been on everything else! The office is a mess, the bathrooms need cleaning and we have 2 other projects behind schedule, but at least we wrote out the mango salsa recipe!

The feeling of accomplishment is sincerely overwhelming. 😉

splash of fresh lime juice is wonderful

Thoseteriyaki burgers were extra special we wanted a fruity accompaniment to the homemade teriyaki sauce that coated the patties. Mango salsa is just bitchen. Fresh, fruity, tangy, sweet and sour (if extra lime added) brings out the flavor of almost any burger.  Definitely try the mango salsa on some grilled meat dishes or even as a side dish. It’s pretty, colorful, healthy, fresh and sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. One of the favorite staff meals I (Todd) came up with for my crew where I used to manage was a pizza laden with mango salsa, chipotle, roasted potato slices, and smoked gouda cheese. Soooo good!

Our mango tree is settling in nicely with new flowers and hopefully, a ton of fruit this year! If it’s another good year, we’ll be swimming in more fresh mango salsa. But until then, we’ve still been lucky to find some great, juicy and sweet mangoes at our local Asian market.

ROSES******** ROSES *********and more ***********ROSES*****

As another promise, we told  some twitter friends that we’d share some pictures of our favorite roses: our climbing eden rose.

A conversation over twitter a few weeks ago led to fun geek-out rose talk with fellow twitter peeps and nice comments came to our little rose post.

We now have a little blogging rose club with these lovely peeps and now call our little group the Petal Power Club! These roses are dedicated to them:  

Jeanne at @FourChickens, Katie at @GoodLifeEats (BTW- box of blood oranges are in the mail Katie! ), Christine at @EasyRecipes , Steff at @SteffsChilds , Stephanie at @FreshTartSteph, Jamie @BakingAddition , Sharon @NickelMoon, Kristina @FormerChef & @Wired2theWorld , Marla @MarlaMeridith , Kate @Savour, Maria @TwoPeasandPod, Kim @RGBistro

Our pride & joy Eden climbing rose in it’s blooming glory:

Fresh Cut!

Hair Cut! – Sad but looking forward to new blooms

Roses are dedicated to all service men and women today, Memorial Day

Mango Salsa Recipe

Yield: 2

This is another one of those recipes which we rarely measure out. It is always done by taste, cravings and adjusted for the ingredients seasonal variations.  Of course, the better the mangos and tomatoes, the better the salsa, as these two ingredients will vary tremendously in flavor and quality. Use the quantities listed as a rough guide and make adjustments to taste. If you like your mango salsa more sour, add more lime... spicy? add in your favorite chilies (Serranos are a great addition)... Some tomatoes you may need to seed before dicing, but usually Romas are so meaty that for us it is unnecessary. If you are hesitant on how to cut a mango, Elise at Simply Recipes has a nice tutorial.


  • 1 lrg Mango,  1/4" dice
  • 1 Roma Tomato, 1/4" dice
  • 1 T Cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1 t fresh Lime Juice
  • pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 T Green Onions, finely sliced ~ optional
  • finely diced chilies ~ optional


  1. Combine all ingredients together and gently mix.  Adjust individual ingredients to taste.
  2. Store covered in fridge until ready to use.  Keeps about 3-4 days.
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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Peter

    great salsa, I added one spoon of honey and a handful of shreaded coconut, then for presentation put the salsa into two fresh pineapple halves with the tops intact (pineapple boats).

  2. Fried Soft Shell Crab

    I was looking for a great salsa for a side dish for tonight and found this great recipe. My stomach started to growl when I was reading this. I can’t wait to share this at my party tonight. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  3. Stephanie

    That salsa looks like just the thing for a summer bbq! Lovely roses too!

  4. Cindy

    The mango recipe sounds very good. I will give it a try. thanks for sharing.

  5. Thang

    Wow, the food and photography looks just wonderful, congrats guys from Sydney Australia

  6. Jessica

    Wow your salsa looks so fresh and delicious. The roses are beautiful! I love fruity salsa on a burger – what a delicious combination. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Celeste @ Berrytravels

    I was just pondering about mango salsa last night – thinking it’d be a great idea for a dinner night soon. Your post came at a such a good time! Looks incredibly yummy and your photos are gorgeous too.

  8. molly

    Awesome. Just arrived home with 6 mangoes and some salmon. This will be perfect.

  9. Christine

    Yum! We love mango salsa at our house, but most of the time instead of using tomato we throw in a can or so (or freshly cooked if you have it) of drained black beans. So so delicious and great with any variety of grilled seafood.


    I can almost smell those roses! What gorgeous, summer photos of your beautiful buds! I know you both are in the thick of it and wanted to give you a very big hug and kiss to let you know I’m thinking of you both and wishing you a tiny bit of rest–between all the big gigs.

    hugs and kisses,

  11. Christine

    Delish! I like to add a little Sriracha sauce to the mango salsa to give it a little kick.

  12. maria

    I love the rose photos, they are beautiful. Mine are about ready to bloom. I will take photos when they do. Mango salsa is a sign of summer for me. I could eat that entire bowl.

  13. Christina

    Your roses are amazing. And the mango salsa looks delicious.

  14. barbara

    As much as I like the popular food on white food blog photos, I love the darker look of the salsa photos.

    Your roses are beautiful. I especially love the Eden roses. Being in an apartment I don’t have a garden, but cannot taking photos of roses when I see them.

  15. Lori Lynn

    Oh, your photo of salsa on the table is fabulous!

    We just cut a huge bunch of our roses too, and they graced our recent dinner party tables. Stop by and see if you have a moment…we used rosemary in the arrangements.

    I have some Egyptian Papyrus too, I never thought to pair it with my roses. That is an idea I will definitely use. You never know what is going to bring inspiration!

  16. Lawyer Loves Lunch

    This salsa looks amazing and the roses are beautiful! I’m so envious that I haven’t had salsa or roses recently! :)

  17. Kristina

    Love this post and the photos of the mango salsa are stunning. Your photography always inspires me to do better.
    Thanks for including me in the club. 😉 Yesterday I picked the petals off all my over-bloomed (from the heat!) roses to bring to @nickelmoon to make rose water. Looking forward to seeing (smelling?) how it comes out.

  18. Kate @ Savour Fare

    Aren’t you sweet? I love, love those roses! I told my husband that I want an Eden rose on our front porch of our new house to twine over the front door!

    Sadly, I gave my husband a gorgeous Falstaff rose for our anniversary a couple of years ago and it’s not blooming at all this year (it’s in a pot on our front patio now, and it’s been eaten alive.)

  19. Elise

    Absolutely gorgeous, both the salsa and the roses!

    BTW, I want your table. Really. If not for your ferocious dogs I would attempt a heist.


  20. Michelle

    Mmm. The salsa sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it.

  21. Tokyo Terrace

    Wow- those roses are absolutely breathtaking! They look so silky-soft and pillowy. Nice work! I also love the looks of that mango salsa. I’m jealous that you are able to grow your own- California keep looking better and better as a place to end up after Tokyo!

  22. Dawn (KitchenTravels)

    I’m with Matt on that first photo – the colors, the light, the contrast – just beautiful. I think the background details of your photos really help boost them to the next level, too. That little bit of fuzzy green off to the right; really nice touch. I don’t even know what to say about your climbing roses, they are incredible! Envious. And curious what you are feeding them – ours are pretty healthy but they could use a little boost!

  23. Kristen

    Oh my goodness… that trellis is amazing and those roses are incredible.
    And your salsa pictures are stunning as well!

  24. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

    This is such a beautiful dedication! It’s so beautiful how the roses wane left and appear to rest downward.

  25. Christine@Christine's Recipes

    I’m stunned when looking at the picture (Fresh Cut) on the right. Those roses were thriving and growing so beautiful in your garden. You know what? I always secretly wish my husband send me 99 roses. If I could grow these beautiful roses in my backyard, I would be no longer in “emptiness”, lol.
    Thanks for sending us the virtual roses.
    The colour of your mango salsa is very vibrant and attractive. You really know how to compose a picture with contrast colours. Still learning from you. :)

  26. Jessica @ How Sweet

    The roses are just too beautiful!

  27. Nisrine@Dinners & Dreams

    what a beautiful salsa as well as gorgeous table, bowls and photos.


    Oh. my. heavens. That comment applies to both the salsa AND the roses! I have several rose bushes in my garden but nothing, I mean nothing like yours – boy howdy, those are just beautiful! The salsa looks pretty terrific too – wish I were coming to the workshop in CO so I could learn to take pics like you guys – perfection!

  29. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Thanks so much for more gorgeous Eden Rose photos. I am thrilled to be a part of your Petal Power club. It is amazing how much an image like that can brighten up someones day. The Mango Salsa looks fabulous. I love mangos, the sweetness with a touch of tang is perfection in a fruit. The pizza you speak of sounds like it was quite the treat! xxoo

  30. Vivan

    I love mango salsa! What a great condiment for a summer burger. The roses are gorgeous and a lovely tribute to those who have served or given their lives to protect us. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us.

  31. bunkycooks

    I am always so envious of everyone’s garden out in Southern California! The flowers and plants are incredible there. We were reminded of the perfect climate when we visited LA a few weeks ago. Your roses are just beautiful and so are the pictures (of the salsa, too!).

  32. matt

    one more thing.. that first photo. LOVE the lighting in this shot. Love how the bowl is the brightest, most visible thing in the shot. LOVE the vignette – totally draws you in to the bowl. And the highlight on the front side of the bowl? WOW, just perfect.

  33. Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro

    Beautiful. Our garden wants to be like yours when it grows up. 😉 [K]

    P.S. The mango salsa ain’t bad, either!

  34. matt

    I have said it before, and will say it again – you have the best garden I have ever seen. EVER. Tip top salsa recipe too guys, and fab. photos as usual!

  35. Katie @ goodLife {eats}

    Thanks for the rose photos! They are stunning! I have double knock out along the back of the house and they were solid dark pink last week. I would love to add a climber to our yard.

    Can’t wait to try these burgers. We love mango salsa.

    Yipee! I will keep my eye on the mail. xoxo

  36. beastmomma

    Really silly question, but I moved into a home last year and there are gorgeous roses blooming outside. I want to cut some to bring inside and enjoy. Where is the best place to cut roses off the bush so that I do not kill the rest of the plant?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      beastmomma- cutting the roses far enough for a vase arrangement shouldn’t kill the plant. Trimming actually is good for the rose and encourages growth. But we’re not rose experts. Best is to consult your local nursery.

  37. Lisa

    Such gorgeous roses! And I love your table as well–rustic and rich.

  38. tea_austen

    Jaysus—add me to your rose club, will you? They are GORGEOUS.
    The salsa is awfully purty too!
    Good luck with all you have to do—I know that feeling. You’ll get there, I’m sure :-)

    1. White on Rice Couple

      tara- you’re in! happy to have you going the club. xoxo

  39. Jamie @ My Baking Addiction

    This salsa looks amazing as do these stunning roses. Thanks so much for the photos, I am in love with these roses!!!

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