Mango Madness Salad – Perfect for the NCAA Basketball Tournament

Mango with Salad

Are your Kyocera Ceramic knives ready for March Madness?

As the NCAA’s top ranked basketball teams duel with their fellow tournament participants for a spot in the Final Four or the National Championship Game, you should be planning your March Madness Game Watching parties.

After the beer and pizza, check out our healthy dessert menu…why not try a Mango Madness Salad?

A sweet-tasting tropical fruit, the mango is native to the Indian subcontinent, from where it spread across the world.  Mangoes account for approximately half of all such fruits produced worldwide. Generally, ripe mangoes have an orange-yellow or reddish peel and are juicy for eating.  (Note: exported fruit are often picked while underripe and have green peels.)

The taste and texture of mango flesh varies across cultivars.  Some have a soft, pulpy texture similar to an overripe plum, while the flesh of others is firmer, like a cantaloupe or avocado, or may have a fibrous texture. For consumption of unripe, pickled or cooked fruit, the mango skin may be consumed comfortably.  But it does have the potential to cause contact dermatitis of the lips, gingiva or tongue in susceptible people .

Under-ripe mangoes can be ripened by placing them in brown paper bags. They will then keep in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for about four or five days.  In ripe fruits which are commonly eaten fresh, the skin may be thicker and bitter tasting, so is typically not eaten.

The ingredients list for your Mango Madness Salad may seem odd, but somehow they go together wonderfully and create a beautiful looking and delicious fruit salad that is truly refreshing.


  • 5 mangoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 C. blackberries
  • 1/4 C. chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced


Combine mangoes, strawberries, kiwis, and blackberries in a bowl.  Toss with cilantro and lime. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Yield: 12 Servings

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