Rich’s Fresh Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa created by Rich Thurman

Summertime is hot so this month you can refresh your palate with my cool new recipe. Salsa means mixture and as a Salsa dancer living in Southeast Asia; I have seen the Asian cultural fusion on the dance floor with Latin rhythms creating a unique style of its own. What better way to bring attention and honor this than with my Mango Salsa creation? Salsa means mixture and this month we combine the sweet flavor of Southeast Asia with a spicy kick of Latin America.

I’ve been dancing Salsa now for nearly three years and I began while living in Thailand. It was a great alternative to many of the other night time indulgences that many foreigners in Bangkok partake. I found that it made my evenings much more productive and not only was I learning a new skill, but I was making friends and getting a little exercise in at the same time. Talk about calorie burning; when I reached a level of Salsa dancing where I could complete a song, I would leave the dance floor dripping with sweat.

I found it interesting that here I was a California native who grew up in bilingual classes rich in Latin culture and I had to travel all the way to Asia to find a passion in Salsa dancing. Being an active person and an athlete, Salsa came quite natural to me and I quickly reached a higher level of dance. I learned from Asian dancers like Apple Busakorn of Rumpuree World Dance studio and I’m still mastering my skills on the dance floors of the popular Latin Club on Sukhumvit Soi 18 called La Rueda. It’s been amazing to see the fusion of people and music and this fusion and experience along with the request of one of my personal training clients here in Bangkok has lead me to this cool Salsa recipe.

One day I was discussing foods and food planning with one of my native Thai clients. He told me that it would probably be easier for him to stick to a nutritious diet if the foods reflected more of an Asian flavor or at least used foods that Asian people enjoy. That statement started me thinking about the types of foods available in this region and how could I fuse them together to make something tasty and healthy at the same time.

While in the grocer that evening, I was looking at the fruits and it dawned on me that Mangos make sense and I had heard of Mango Salsa before, but hadn’t seen it available many places. Mango Salsa is an awesome alternative to ordinary salsa and makes for a great low calorie addition to any meal. Since I was a kid, I’ve always had a knack for cooking. I’d watch my grandmother cook and join in; I’d cook various things for my family based on recipes and everyone seemed to always enjoy my foods. With my limited kitchen in Bangkok, I typically either steam foods or have fresh, raw foods anyway, so a Salsa would be a “no brainer” as far as healthy dishes go.

Having learned to make Salsa and Guacamole as a youth, I went to the local Villa market to pick up all the necessary ingredients. It took me no more than 20 minutes to complete the dish and after letting it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours, I used it over the top of steamed chicken breast for a healthy and delicious topping. With accents of fresh mint leaves and basil, this Salsa provided an awesome accent to an otherwise bland piece of chicken. After a taste test with several personal training clients here in Bangkok, all agreed giving two thumbs up.

Be sure to check out Active Lifestyle’s Salsa Fitness Class.

Feel free to leave your comments, questions or your own personal input in the comments section below.

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By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT.
With a Bachelors degree in Physiological Science from UCLA a Masters in Sports Management from The University of San Francisco, Rich has over 10 years of experience in General Health Fitness & Fat loss, Sports Performance & Movement, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. Rich is a health & performance coach and personal trainer for Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd in Bangkok.

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About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

5 Responses to Rich’s Fresh Mango Salsa

  1. Linda says:

    While cleaning out my mom’s recipe book, it opened to a recipe for Southwestern Chicken with Tomato Papaya Salsa. This would be BKK friendly–tomatoes, ripe papaya, jalapeno, ginger, green onion, basil, lime juice

  2. Pingback: Rich’s Mango Salsa: The Recipe « Rich Thurman Bangkok Trainer

  3. Nampeung says:

    Thanks Rich for sharing. The list of what you have in this website looks very interesting and useful for me 🙂 I’ll bookmark this page!

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