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Mandarin Salsa Recipe

Mandarin Salsa Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Mandarin Salsa

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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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Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.