Fresh and easy, this Mango Salsa is perfect for dipping or as a topping on fish and chicken! Make it along with other easy luau recipes and ideas for the perfect backyard party this summer!
Last week we celebrated the end of the homeschool co-op year with a luau. We studied the state of Hawaii and then went outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather and some tasty snacks like Maricela’s fresh Mango Salsa. We had such a pretty table full of food I thought I would share some of the easy luau recipes and ideas with you!
This was the centerpiece on the table. Some sand and seashells lined the bottom of a pretty tray and a small globe filled with lightly dyed blue water and more shells was in the center. Simple, pretty and easily cleaned up for another use- it was perfect!
While the kids were
patiently waiting, starving to death, anticipating the Hawaiian pizzas cooking inside still, they played outside on the swings, in the tree house and blew bubbles. When it was time to eat, we used Wet-Nap wipes for fast and easy clean-up of dirty little hands.
Easy Luau Recipes
Now on to the recipes! I love a good Hawaiian pizza, but these easy luau recipes are quick to put together and super kid-friendly. My FAVORITE snack is this Mango Salsa. Seriously, I could eat this stuff with a spoon-no chips required. It’s also great on fish tacos.
- 6 large mangoes
- 3 Roma tomatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 1 small bunch of cilantro chopped
- Juice of 2 limes.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Crushed red pepper to taste (or 2 jalapenos if you like it spicy).
- Dice mangoes, onion and tomatoes.
- Add chopped cilantro, gently mix with the rest of the ingredients and chill for 2-3 hours before serving.
While trying to come up with more luau food ideas, I remembered the little pirate ship jello cups I made for Henry’s birthday party. I adapted that to make this beach scene out of Jell-O. You can either make a large bowl like this, or do individual Day at the Beach Jello Cups! <—-Click there to see the easy recipe!
Every party needs a punch! Our luau punch recipe includes the classic Hawaiian punch (of course) and just a few more ingredients. The kids thought it was so cool to have ice cream in their cups (which were adorable-plain clear cups decorated with cute stickers.)
Ice Cream Hawaiian Punch
- 2 liter Sprite
- Hawaiian Punch 128 oz. bottle
- 2 quarts Rainbow Sherbet
Mix the Sprite and Hawaiian Punch equally and then add ice cream to keep cool. (We added some ice because the ice cream was melting so fast in the sun.) 🙂
After lunch we cleaned up and headed down to the bottom of the property to try out the “Swing of Death.” It’s not quite as scary as it sounds, but it does swing high and wide and gives you butterflies in your tummy. All in all, it was a great day!
If you like Mango Salsa, you’ll love this Grilled Pineapple Salsa, too!
Post updated 4/2018