Mango Salsa

Are you looking for something that will bring the WOW back to your regular favorites? Try adding this Mango Salsa to your salads, tacos, burritos and more!

Mango Salsa

I’ve been a fan of fruit salsa’s long before I ate plant-based. There is something about the sweetness and spiciness mixed together that I find irresistible. Fruit salsas, especially Mango Salsa, will elevate your favorite recipes to a whole new level.

It’s no secret that I love salsa. I have salsa almost every day. Mexican food is my favorite and we almost always have something I can pour salsa on. In the summer when my favorite fruits are in season, I might go a little overboard with all the wonderful salsa combinations.

Mango Salsa

Today, I’m going to focus on this incredibly easy Mango Salsa recipe!

Trust me, if you bring this to a potluck or share it with friends, they will devour it and want the recipe. It doesn’t’ matter if they are plant-based, they will love it.

You can serve it on salad, my Mango Black Bean Salad is very similar to this, just add black beans and greens. In fact, I’d rather have Mango Salsa than any salad dressing!

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

If you like mango, you are going to love this super simple Mango Salsa. Feel free to change it up to suit your taste.


  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, or your favorite tomato
  • 1 Large mango, diced (approximately 1 Cup)
  • 1-2 Jalapenos, finely diced (depending your heat preference, remove the seeds for a milder heat)
  • 1/3 Cup Red Onion, diced
  • ½ Cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Lime, juiced (1/4 Cup juice)
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Dice tomatoes, place tomatoes in a medium sized bowl, then add the remaining diced ingredients and give it a gentle stir.
  2. Add the chopped cilantro, lime juice and a pinch of salt.  Mix well and serve.

This salsa is perfect immediately but it can also be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5 days. I love it after the first day when all the flavors have gotten a chance to meld together.

You can serve this salsa with just about anything! If you need some ideas, try it with tortilla chips, Lentil Tacos, Breakfast Tacos, Taco Salad, Veggie Burger, Tofu Scramble or Southwest Tofu Scramble, or anything else you can think of.

I’d love to hear how you enjoy this Mango Salsa! Don’t forget to pin this recipe and add it to your meal plan! I’ve pinned it in my “Favorites” board.

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

This easy and delicious Mango Salsa will wow your friends! It's terrific with chips and equally good on salad or tacos!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: Salsa


  • 1 pint grape tomatoes diced
  • 1 mango diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced about ¼ cup
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Dice tomatoes and place them in a medium sized bowl.
  • Add the remaining diced ingredients and gently stir.
  • Add the chopped cilantro, lime juice and salt.
  • Mix well and serve.


Serve immediately or store in air tight container in the refrigerator for no more than 5 days.

Oil-Free Hummus

Oil-Free Hummus was one of the first recipes I created when I first started a plant-based diet in 2011. Hummus isn’t required for plant-based eating but almost everyone I know who eats plant-based loves hummus.

Oil-Free Hummus

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Oil-Free Hummus

If you are eating an oil-free, whole food, plant-based diet, it’s important that you make your own hummus. Almost all store bought containers of hummus have added oil. I avoid added oil and don’t cook with oil. The only exception I made is that I will use cooking spray when making pancakes or muffins so they don’t stick to the pan. Since I don’t make either very often I’m ok with that exception.

My hummus is not traditional. I don’t use olive oil or tahini. I’ve used tahini in a few recipes but I don’t notice much difference so I just leave it out. That’s one less ingredient, one less measuring cup, and less fat.

Homemade Hummus is Easy

When it comes to cooking, hummus is one of the easiest things there is. You don’t really need to cook and you only need a few ingredients. This time, I used canned chickpeas but when I’m batch cooking, I’ll make a big batch of chickpeas so I can make hummus, have chickpeas for Chickpea Nuggets and leftovers to add to salads.

You do need a high-speed blender or food processor. I’ve used both with good results. I’ve had this Hamilton Beach 10 cup food processor for 8 years and it still works great. I also have a Blendtec blender that we got many years ago at Costco. I’ve made countless sauces and dips in these two.

Choosing Chickpeas

My favorite chickpeas, a.k.a. garbanzo beans, come from Palouse Brand. They are non-GMO and USA grown. In fact, you are given the field location and harvest date. They are the best chickpeas I’ve ever eaten.

When I’m out of Palouse Brand, or when I don’t have time to cook up a batch in my Instant Pot, I’ll use canned chickpeas. Which ever you choose to use, don’t toss out the liquid that comes with the chickpea, you’ll use it.

Oil-Free Hummus and veggies

Oil-Free Hummus

This hummus is only flavored with lemon juice, garlic and optional salt. I like to sprinkle a little paprika on top as well but it’s optional.


  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas (or 2 cups of cooked chickpeas), reserve the liquid
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemon, or 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chickpea liquid
  • salt to taste, optional
  • paprika for garnish, optional


  1. Pour your chickpeas into your blender or food processor. Save the liquid to use soon.
  2. Add your garlic and lemon juice. If your lemon isn’t juicy enough for 1/4 cup of lemon juice, you may want to add another lemon or some lemon zest to give it more flavor.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of the chickpea liquid, this is also known as aqua faba and some people whip it like eggs to make vegan meringues and other interesting dishes.
  4. Add optional salt if using.
  5. Blend or process until your hummus is creamy and smooth. If it’s not smooth enough, add another 1/4 cup of chickpea liquid and blend again.
  6. Pour into a bowl and garnish if desired. Enjoy with veggies, on sandwiches or any other thing you think of.

I love hummus. I often use it as a salad dressing or a sandwich spread. It’s so versatile and filling. Plus, this recipe is lower in fat with no oil or tahini so you don’t have to worry about over eating it. It’s like having a serving of beans with your veggies.

If you like this recipe, make sure to try my Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus, Spinach Artichoke Dip and Red Pepper Dip!

Creamy Brown Gravy (gluten-free)

What can take a basic recipe to the next level? A delicious sauce, or in this case, my Creamy Brown Gravy recipe.

If the word gravy scares you, relax. This isn’t a traditional gravy, it’s more of a savory sauce.

This Brown Gravy recipe is gluten-free, plant-based (vegan), quick and easy.

Traditional gravy is made from flour, animal fat and milk. Bleck!

This sauce tastes a lot like regular savory brown gravy but it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and cholesterol-free. The pepper gives this a little spice that your kids may not love. Feel free to leave it out if needed.

Creamy Brown Gravy

This creamy gravy/sauce can be used in many ways. Use it as the “soup” or “glue” for a casserole, pour it over pasta, top a baked potato, pour it over veggies or any other way your heart desires. [Read more…]

Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Oil-Free Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is vegan and gluten-freePrepare to be amazed!

That is a line from the movie Meet the Robinson’s that I whip out on occasion. This seems fitting to me.

Why? Because my boys ate several cups of a mixed green salad that was tossed in this dressing. There was some salad left that I stored in the fridge. Yes, wet salad that was doused in this dressing and they finished it off the next day because they love the dressing so much.

I call that a win and even amazing.

As you can always expect from me, this salad dressing is oil-free!

Oil-Free Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing


  • 1 heaping cup of fresh raspberries, if you need to use frozen allow them to thaw first
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • up to a 1/2 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • a dash of salt and pepper


  1. Pour your raspberries, half of the water, half of the vinegar and maple syrup into a blender. I used my Blendtec. Add your salt and pepper.
  2. Press the pulse button and allow to process until everything liquefies. Pour in slightly more water if needed.
  3. Give your dressing a taste test. Add more vinegar and maple syrup if needed. Some berries are sweeter while others are sour so this isn’t an exact science. I made it as written above and it was perfect for us.
  4. If you adjusted your ingredients pulse again until your salad dressing reaches the right consistency and flavor.

Your salad dressing will be a beautiful raspberry color and taste slightly sweet with just enough kick.

This will make about 1 1/2 cups depending on how much water you use. Store this dressing in the refrigerator and use within 5 days.

I’ve got a lot of incredible oil-free salad dressings. You can see all of them on my Sauces, Dips and Salad Dressing Page. Don’t forget to pin them too!

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Homemade BBQ Sauce

Summers coming… for those of us in Phoenix it is right on our door step. In addition to the heat, summer brings on cookout season. If this is your first summer living a plant-based lifestyle you may be a little intimidated by all of the upcoming barbecue invitations. Don’t be, I’ve got you covered.

Today I’m going to share one of my secrets. Homemade BBQ Sauce. I’ll share tips another day.

This Homemade BBQ Sauce is sweet and tangy. My husband said it tasted like candy but his palete is really sensitive to sweetness. Actually, at first you taste the sweet then the tangy hits.

You can use this sauce on anything! Baked Potatoes, Lentil BBQ or my Spaghetti Squash BBQ Sandwich, BBQ Chickpeas, BBQ tofu and more. The sauce is really versatile and you can change it up by using less sugar or more vinegar. You can also add Siracha for a little more kick.

Homemade BBQ Sauce that is vegan and gluten-free. It's perfect for all of your barbecue needs.

Homemade BBQ Sauce


  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 2 Tbsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (more or less) of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water (add it a little at a time to obtain the right consistency)


  1. Add all ingredients except water in a small sauce pan place on low heat.
  2. Stir often as you add each ingredient.
  3. Once everything except water is added taste and make any changes.
  4. Add water a little at a time while stirring until you reach the right consistency. You’ll probably need between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup.


Use this BBQ Sauce as you would a bottled sauce. If you have leftovers store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.

Next I’ll share my Cauliflower BBQ Bites recipe!

Make sure you read the labels on all of your ingredients. Some versions may not be vegan or may contain gluten. I always check ingredients to make sure it is safe for my family but your family may have other needs.

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