Spicy Mango and Coconut Quinoa Salad

Fresh. Sweet. Spicy. Sassy.

No, not me…this quinoa salad. Well…yes, me too, but also this salad.

This dish is basically mango salsa mixed with quinoa…oh and flaked coconut, because we all need more flaked coconut in our lives.  Flaked coconut makes me feel fancy and on vacation. Adding it to this salad was just an extra bonus.

I’m a huge fan of quinoa salads. They are probably my second fav next to kale salads.  Quinoa is an amazing grain, or seed rather, packed full of protein and fiber.  This quinoa salad feeds 4 to 6 as a side dish. It’s great served along side grilled wild alaskan salmon.  To make a more substantial meal and serve it as a main course, the addition of 1/2 cup of roughly chopped roasted salted peanuts or almonds will add protein and make it a bit more hearty.  

This recipe started out as just mango salsa, which was adapted from this week’s Food Matters Project recipe, Mexican-Style Fruit Salad with Grilled or Broiled Fish which was chosen by Food and Frederick.  However, my salsa was taken to superhuman status after I was inspired by the Mango and Coconut Black Rice Salad in my new fav cookbook, Plenty from London’s Ottolenghi.  Holy cow, I have never seen such great veg-tastic food porn in my life. It’s gorgeous. It’s inspiring. It’s a must. I love this book, like I love mason jars….and that’s a lot of love people. Because, seriously, mason jars are about the most useful thing in the world. And duct tape. But duct tape is not beautiful.

Spicy Mango and Coconut Quinoa Salad

Serves 6 as a side dish


  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa* (see note on cooking instructions)
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil
  • 1 large mango (or 2 small mangos), chopped into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut


  1. Add all ingredients, except the diced mango and flaked coconut, into a bowl. Toss to combine.
  2. Add mango and coconut, and stir just to mix. Do not over stir or the mango pieces will disintegrate and become too mushy. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

*Cooking Quinoa- Rinse 1 cup of uncooked quinoa thoroughly, until water is no longer milky. Place rinsed quinoa in a saucepan with 2 cups of water or broth. Cook on medium-high heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender and the water has been cooked out. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. I like to double this, cooking extra to eat throughout the week.

7 thoughts on “Spicy Mango and Coconut Quinoa Salad

  1. OK- Seriously- Mango with coconut is my new favorite thing. I can’t seem to get enough of it lately. Had the combo in a smoothie this morning. This looks great!


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