Spicy mango cucumber salad

Spicy mango salad with cucumber | insimoneskitchen.com

Hello friends! Did you miss me? Sorry for the absence but it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster these last weeks. Lot of things have happened. Some good, some bad. My book is finally here (sorry it’s only in Dutch) and I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s big and beautiful. I’ll share some of the booklaunch later, which is on the 22nd.

Spicy mango salad | insimoneskitchen.com

On the not so positive note: my mum passed away last monday. And while that is a sad thing, it is also a good thing. She has had Parkinson’s disease for a really long time (more than 20 years) and the last couple of weeks it was going really badly. Basically I would say she had no live and I think she was just tired of fighting. So I am happy for her the fight is finally over. But it’s also a weird time. Of course loads of things needed to be arranged, people called, funerals scheduled and loads more. So apart from being busy, it is also a pretty emotional time. The funeral is tomorrow actually.

Spicy mango salad | insimoneskitchen.com

So you can probably guess why I’ve been a bit absent. Funeral tomorrow, booklaunch on Thursday and than – finally – holiday on Sunday. Pretty sure I need it by now. I did not want to part ways with you next week before giving you this simple yet delicious spicy mango salad, which is from the book by Sonia, the Healthy Foodie. It’s delicious and refreshing!

Spicy mango cucumber salad


  • 2 big mango, peeled and in cubes
  • 1 cucumber,
  • couple of radishes, in thin slices
  • 1 small red onion, in thin rings
  • fresh parsley, a small bunch, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, seeds removed, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of peach vinegar (or another sweet vinegar)
  • 1/2 tsp himalaya salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Wash the cucumber and cut in four lengthwise. Than proceed to make those into slices.
  2. Place all the salad ingredients together in a bowl and mix the dressing ingredients well together. Add to the salad and leave in the fridge for an hour or so so the flavors can merge with the veggies.
Recipe by Sonia, the healthy foodie


Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer


  1. Gecondoleerd Simone, wat een dubbel gevoel zal dit alles geven je, sterkte!!

  2. So sorry to hear about your mother! I can understand your mixed feelings — when my mother died her quality of life had really declined too, so it was probably a blessing. But it was still hard. Anyway, lovely dish. And congrats on the book!

  3. So sorry to hear about your mother. My heartfelt condolences.

    Parkinson’s is a terrible and unforgiving disease…

    A lovely combination!



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