Mandarin Salsa Recipe
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Mandarin Salsa Recipe

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Sweet mandarin oranges temper the boldness of cilantro, jalapeno and onion in this salsa, creating an impressive and colorful combination. —Yvonne Opp, Greenville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 5 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 24 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Gently stir in mandarin oranges. Chill until serving. Drain before serving if necessary. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 4 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Mandarin Salsa in Simple & Delicious July/August 2009, p48

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 253789
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2016

"Wonderful, flavorful way to use oranges! Used a handful of fresh oranges, cut smaller, in place of canned. A nice twist on flavors. For us perfect amount of flavor and heat. Great not only to dip into but over any grilled pork or fish recipe. As a volunteer feild editor for Taste of Home magazine I enjoy recipes that combine flavors to make a unique dish."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 99190
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"Fresh salsa where the oranges temper the heat - very good! Kids loved it!"

TeresaWitt User ID: 4117537 99189
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"This is delicious! It has just the right blend of spice and sweet."

julsonr User ID: 1485842 99187
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"I would definitely make this again, but I used a medium sized onion and would probably cut back even a little more. The amount of onion called for seemed to take away from the oranges."

cas27 User ID: 2164528 124106
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2009

"Very fresh salad that kind of sparkles with flavor. I served it with pork loin but I'm sure it would be good with chicken too."

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