This Pickled Mango Cucumber Salad is a fresh summer salad, delicious served as a side salad, or with Thai food, or spring rolls!

Pickled Mango Cucumber Salad

Friends, we’ve had a lot of friends checking in on us, with the recent fires happening in central Oregon. We just happened to be coming home from dinner the other night when we saw the smoky skies, and stopped to take a picture from the bridge. And then we saw the helicopters dipping into the Deschutes River for buckets of water.


Depending on their size and the capacity of the helicopter, buckets can carry between 70-2500 gallons of water. We’ve been warned to stay clear, because if you’re in the path of the drop, you can be hit by 575-16,000 pounds of water! So we watched from a distance. Our house is a 4-minute walk to the river where the copters were loading up!

Fire season is so scary! Since it’s the peak right now, we’re being very cautious of anything that could start one.

On a lighter note, our friends came for dinner this weekend, more “back home” friends, and we loved every minute. It was a last-minute meal, and I seriously rummaged through my fridge and pantry to see what I could make, so I wouldn’t have to go to the store.

Taco Salad it was!

Pickled Mango Cucumber Salad

This is what I love about hospitality. It never has to be perfect. I think about what foods pair well together, what do I already have, what’s in the freezer or pantry, and I try not to get stressed. In fact, a little secret here. I sometimes do better with “last minute guests” than when I have weeks to plan.

Do you ever feel that way? It takes the pressure off. Maybe it’s an excuse … and I’ve gotten better not “over-explaining” myself to our guests.

Over-explaining would be apologizing, or something like … I’m sorry that I’m serving a boring taco salad for dinner, it’s all that we had. Or, I didn’t want to run to the store, so this is what we’ve got!

I did catch myself saying, It’s not fancy, but we are SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE!

I’m thinking that was sort of apologizing.

Next time I’m going to work on just welcoming our guests, not explaining one thing, or making it sound like I planned every inch of the meal (which I did).

Sometimes we talk too much. It makes our guests feel uncomfortable, and then we feel bad.

I’m glad that hospitality has plenty of room for error, and room to grow. I feel that every time we host others in our home, I still learn (after 25 years), and it makes me more gracious and generous, and I really love that.

Pickled Mango Cucumber Salad

In the meantime, the fires are under control, and today is a new day to be glad, rejoice, and give thanks for so many blessings!

Pickled Mango Cucumber Salad

My daughter made this tasty salad, and we’ve enjoyed it several times this summer. Once with Thai food, once when we served several salads (Easy Pad Thai Salad) for dinner, with these Salmon Spring Rolls Recipe, and then this Apricot Greek Yogurt Chicken Thighs. YUM!

Summer is the perfect time to mix cucumbers with onions (and mango), just like my mama did, with a delicious light salad dressing.

Viola! Easy & fresh.

Pickled Mango Cucumber Salad

Pickled Mango Cucumber Salad is a fresh summer salad, delicious served as a side salad, or with Thai food, or spring rolls
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Pickled Mango Cucumber Salad

If no mandolin is available, produce can be cubed.


  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 mango
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. lime
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro


  • Using a mandolin, thinly slice the produce.
  • Finely chop mango slices into smaller pieces.
  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
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Pickled Mango Cucumber Salad is a fresh summer salad, delicious served as a side salad, or with Thai food, or spring rolls

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