Citrus Salsa Recipe

Published on March 31st 2023 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Close up view of Citrus Salsa

Believe it or not, salsa is as old as the Aztec, Incas, and Mayan civilizations. During that period, indigenous populations developed the original version of salsa using squash seeds, tomatoes, and chilies. However, this ancestral version of salsa would remain a secret until the Spanish invaded Mexico in the 1500s. After that, salsa became popular throughout Spanish society, and Alonso de Molina officially named this tasty combination salsa in 1571. 

Salsa is still popular many years later. There are new versions of salsa, such as blueberry salsapineapple mango salsa, and citrus salsa, popping up across the globe. This Citrus Salsa is flavorful, gluten-free, and vegan. It consists of fresh navel oranges, grapefruit, cilantro, mango, jalapeños, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, and a little sugar to balance out the flavor. This refreshing, delicious salsa is perfect for topping your vegan or ranch chicken tacos, or you can serve it as an appetizer with your favorite gluten-free tortilla chips. Either way, you will enjoy every bite of this citrus salsa!

What to add to salsa to make it taste better?

Fresh ingredients always make salsa taste better. In particular, cilantro, tomatoes, radishes, onions, and freshly squeezed lime juice make salsa taste better. 


What to add to cut too much citrus in salsa?

If your salsa has too much citrus flavor, it's best to add salt or an ingredient such as soy sauce with an umami flavor. You can also double the quantity of the non-citrus ingredients or add a pinch of sugar or maple syrup to the salsa.


Is it good to eat citrus salsa everyday?

There's no doubt that salsa is a healthy dish. However, it does contain quite a bit of sodium. Each serving of this citrus salsa has 471mg of sodium. Even though 471mg may not seem like a lot of sodium, the daily limit for sodium consumption is 2300mg. Therefore, if you eat citrus salsa every day along with other foods that are relatively rich in sodium, you could easily exceed the recommended daily amount of sodium. 


Is citrus salsa good for weight loss?

This salsa contains several ingredients that are beneficial for weight loss, including oranges, grapefruit, and mangoes. Oranges and grapefruits are full of fiber. Therefore, they help you feel fuller for longer, helping you consume less food and leading to weight loss. In addition, eating mangoes in moderation can decrease body fat and blood sugar levels, stimulating weight loss. 


Author: Sarah Leadon
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
4 persons


  • 4 Navel Oranges, peeled, segmented, diced


  • 1 large Grapefruit, peeled, segmented, diced


  • 1 small Red Onion, diced 


  • 1/2 cup Mango, peeled, small dice


  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro Leaves, minced


  • 1 tablespoon Jalapeño Pepper, seeds removed, minced


  • Juice of 1 Lime


  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar


  • 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar


  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt


Place the navel oranges, grapefruit, red onion, mango, cilantro leaves, and jalapeño pepper into a medium bowl and toss to combine. 


Prepare main ingredients of Citrus Salsa

Add the lime juice, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt to the orange mixture and toss to combine. 


Mixing and adding the lime juice, sugar, salt and vinegar

Serve the citrus salsa on top of tacos or serve it in a serving dish with gluten-free chips and enjoy. 


Serving the Citrus Salsa

Note: You can store the citrus salsa in an airtight container for three days. However, the longer you allow the citrus salsa to sit in the fridge, the less appealing it will become. In addition, you may also have to drain some of the juice from the citrus salsa. 

Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon