Healthier Fourth of July with Mango Relish #Recipe and Applegate Hotdogs!

Last Updated on February 16, 2020 by

This healthy fourth of July post is sponsored by Applegate but all opinions expressed are my own.

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Summer is here and what better way to enjoy the hot weather than to send my husband outside to grill up our dinner! With cookouts, picnics, barbecues,  and parties, there will be a lot of hot dogs eaten in the next month. I don’t usually buy traditional hot dogs because, honestly, I am fairly concerned with what goes in them. There is always a ton of jokes about hot dog ingredients but have you ever read the ingredient label? For a healthier Fourth of July I really recommend you look into a natural hot dog like the ones I received from Applegate to try out with my family!

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Applegate Hot Dogs for a Healthier Fourth of July!

Applegate hot dogs are simple: just beef, water, sea salt, and spices – and they have much less fat and sodium than other hot dogs. They’re made with meat  from animals never administered antibiotics or hormones and they  contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives. They are not filled with ‘Mystery Meat’ like many conventional hot dogs and are a great start to a healthy Fourth of July cookout. You can also choose from a number of different varieties including Organic, Grass Fed, Natural, rBGH Free, Gluten Free, or even Dairy Free. They also come in chicken, beef, turkey and a beef/pork combination so you can fit these natural hot dogs into your dietary needs. Applegate has committed to removing all GMO ingredients from their products (only 10 remaining) by the end of 2013. Go here for more details:

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Of course, the hot dog is only the first part of the equation! What you put ON your hot dog matters too! If you pour fake orange cheese spread or canned chili on top of your dog you might want to reconsider your hot dog toppings for a healthy Fourth of July! I decided to get creative with a healthy hot dog topping this week and since I had a bowl of mangoes that were ripe I decided to make a mango relish. It came out delicious and was the perfect topping for my organic beef hot dogs from Applegate!

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I tried a couple of different types of Applegate hot dogs this week and can honestly say that they were all delicious. I love the ‘snap’ of a natural casing hot dog and they were very flavorful without being super salty. Want to try them out AND save a few pennies? Applegate has recently launched their Wienervention app where you can send a Wienervention to a friend plagued by bad meat and receive a $2 coupon for their cleaner wieners. If you decide you want to top your Applegate hotdogs with some of this delicious mango relish for a healthy Fourth of July, here is the recipe!

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Easy Mango Relish

Yield: 15 to 20

Healthy Fourth of July with Mango Relish #Recipe and Applegate Hotdogs!

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An easy mango relish that goes great on hot dogs for a healthier cookout!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 mango, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 dill pickles (or 10 to 12 spears), finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 TBSP fresh dill, minced
  • 1 juice of one lime
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix thoroughly.

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Applegate wants to give one of my readers the chance to try their natural hot dogs. This is a Giveaway Tools contest so follow the directions in the form to enter. The prize pack that one winner will receive includes a cutting board, chico bag and Applegate buttons and stickers.

Disclaimer:The Applegate product, gift pack, and giveaway have been provided by Applegate In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials.”: I received product samples  in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

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  1. I learned that I can find the Applegate Natural Hot Dogs in both the Kings Supermarket and Whole Foods by me.
    Thank you!
    (the recipe looks delicious!)

  2. I learned that none of their cheeses have rbgh. Thanks!

  3. Applegate makes gluten free products, I never knew this !

  4. I learned that almost all of the Applegate products are gluten free (except Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Patties, Organic Chicken Strips, Natural Chicken Nuggets, Family Size Chicken Nuggets and Natural Homestyle Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders)! 🙂

  5. I learned that they have COUPONS!

  6. I learned that the company adheres to a strict policy of humane animal treatment. What a breath of fresh air!

  7. Organic Spinach & Feta Sausage

  8. marian boll says


  9. I like the fact there products are natural and gluten free.

  10. chris hoey says

    winit all

  11. Irene Cypher says

    I learned that there are nearly 1000 farms that supply them with humanely raised meat.

  12. Julie Lynn Bickham says

    I learned that grass fed beef has only half the saturated fat of grain-fed beef.

  13. Kayla Potega says

    I learned that ALL of our products are gluten free except for these … Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Patties, Organic Chicken Strips, Natural Chicken Nuggets, Family Size Chicken Nuggets and Natural Homestyle Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders!

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway 🙂

  14. I learned that almost all of their products are gluten free

  15. Mary Beth Elderton says

    Their animal are never administered antibiotics! The best thing I learned is that Applegate is available at the grocery store nearest to me. (We have recently moved, so I am still in the process of learning my new stores.)

  16. Jennifer says

    They have a huge variety of goodies that you don’t feel guilty about!

  17. Melissa Hartley says

    I learned that there are only 4 ingredients in these hot dogs: beef, water, salt, & spices ..

  18. The requirements of the National Organic Program state that our livestock must be fed 100% Certified Organic feed that is free of genetically modified materials (GMOs).

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. I learned that most of their products are GMO free and the 10 products that do contain GMO ingredients are listed in their FAQs section and they are working to source non-GMO solutions.

  20. I learned that their products are GMO free….good for them!

  21. Stephanie Larison says

    I learned they are GMO free and they have great recipes on the site!

  22. Maryann Drapkin says

    I learned the standards that they have developed for pork, beef, and poultry have strict requirements that are verified through third party audits and also by internal welfare specialists at Applegate.

  23. darlene carbajal says

    I learned that the beef patties have low sodium.

  24. Denise S says

    I learned that they have a strict policy regarding the humane treatment of farm animals.

  25. Their products come from well treated animals.
    Thanks for the contest.

  26. I learned that Animals are Humanely Raised according to sustainable agricultural practices

  27. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    Whether you buy our Natural or Organic lines, you can be assured that there’s no artificial ingredients or chemical nitrates.
    vmkids3 at msn d0t com

  28. Christine says

    are natural and gluten free

  29. Monique Rizzo says

    I love that it’s gluten free.
    Thanks for the chance.
    [email protected]

  30. Tanya White says

    I like that they are natural

  31. Miz Vickik says

    I like that they use only “clean” ingredients!

  32. julie murphy says

    the animals are fed organic food

  33. Rebecca Peters says

    I learned that walmart sells there products

  34. Tracy Allen says

    Humane treatment of animals is a priority

  35. Karrie Millheim says

    I learned they sell hot dogs and now i want to try the

  36. I learned they also offer Natural Grilled Chicken Breast Strips. That is a product I would like to try as well.

  37. Debra Hall says

    1,000 farms that supply them with humanely raised meat that is free from antibiotics or hormones.

  38. They have an allergen Q&A section on their website and that is very important to me.

  39. their products are gluten free, love that for my autistic son

  40. Caitlin Chapman says

    1000 farms supply applegate

  41. Terry Cross says

    Their products contain no MSG

  42. Jennifer Reed says

    I learned that their classic franks are made from quality cuts of natural beef with no added nitrites or chemical preservatives.

  43. kyl neusch says

    nearly 1000 farms that supply them with humanely raised meat.

  44. I learned that they are committed to removing GMO ingredients

  45. Brian E. says

    Applegate does not add MSG to any of it products.

  46. Tyneisha Fondren says

    I learned they make gluten free products!

  47. Peggy Rydzewski says

    Cattle in our organic program graze on open grasslands that have never been treated with pesticides or fertilizers.

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