Dressings

Mango Lime Dressing

This lip-smacking mango lime dressing takes 5 minutes to whip up and adds a tropical flare to anything you put on. Its creamy texture comes from healthy avocado oil, and lime, ginger, and honey make it sweet and tangy with a little kick.

What mango do you tango with? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. There are so many varieties, and each has its flavor and texture; how is one to choose? Tropical, sweet, and juicy, they are the perfect summer fruit to create many delicious recipes.

And this simple mango lime vinaigrette can go way beyond topping a salad- Think marinade, dip, and sauce. You’ll find my tasty suggestions below; believe me, you’ll want to keep a jar of this in your fridge at all times.

This vinaigrette is both sweet and savory, and as I always say, let your taste buds guide you. Want it sweeter, tangier, or maybe a little heat, you can’t go wrong, and once you start making vinaigrettes or dressings, you’ll be hooked! They are quick to make, inexpensive, and definitely healthier.

Ingredient Notes, And Substitutions

Ingredients for mango lime dressing

Mango ~ use whatever mango you like or that is in season. The riper they are, the sweeter and easier to puree. Frozen mango also works well.

Lime ~ I use the juice and the zest in this recipe. The zest really adds some flavor.

Avocado oil ~ I love using this in certain dressings; it’s neutral and won’t compete with other ingredients. You can substitute olive or veggie oil. Coconut oil is also excellent for this vinaigrette.

Shallot ~ adds a little savoriness. You can leave it out or substitute a sweet or red onion or green onion.

Vinegar, honey & sugar ~ the sweetness and tanginess! Add, and subtract to your taste preference. You can use all honey or use your favorite sugar substitute.

Ginger & garlic ~ the garlic will add to the savoriness as well, while the ginger adds a little spice. If you’re not a fan of ginger but want a little spice/heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes. They are both optional.

Poppyseeds ~ Optional. Poppyseeds add a slightly nutty and subtly sweet flavor. Besides that, a little crunch, and they look so pretty in dressings.

Close up of a spoon full mango lime dressing.

Variations, & Tasty Suggestions

  • Use as a marinade. You will want to thin the dressing with more acid ( about 2-3 tablespoons), such as vinegar, lemon, or lime. This will help break down the fibers and tenderize the protein. For chicken, allow to marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. For shrimp, allow to marinate no longer than 30 minutes, or the shrimp can become chewy.
  • Drizzle it over roasted veggies or as a dip for cold veggies
  • Swap out the mango for another fruit! (I love this one) Strawberries, raspberries, oranges…or a combo!
  • Create a delicious sauce. Combine some of the mango dressing with coconut cream or coconut milk, and add it to a cold/hot pasta dish or a fresh fruit salad. SO GOOD. I recently made this sauce and added it to a mixture of quinoa and farro topped with coconut chicken! Creamy tropical deliciousness!
  • Let your imagination run wild, and come back and tell me what you made-Im always looking for more recipes!
Mango lime dressing being poured over a broccoli fruit salad.

How To Make Mango Lime Dressing

  1. Slice the mango into small chunks. The easiest way to do this is by making two slices on each side of the seed. This will leave you with two halves; you can then score it and scoop it out.
  2. Add the mango chunks and the rest of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until well blended. Taste and adjust for seasonings. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water.
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Mango Lime Dressing


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  • Author: Teri Wallingford
  • Total Time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 to 1/2 cup 1x

Description

This lip-smacking mango lime vinaigrette takes 5 minutes to whip up and adds a tropical flare to anything you put on. Its creamy texture comes from healthy avocado oil and lime, and honey gives a sweet and tangy flavor.


Ingredients

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  • 1 large ripe mango. You should have about 2 cups cubed. Or frozen
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest. * see note below
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar. Cider or rice vinegar, ok
  • 1 teaspoon treated fresh ginger.
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons EACH honey & sugar. Or sugar alternative** see note below
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot. Optional. White or red onion ok
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


Instructions

Equipment needed. Blender or small food processor.

  1. Slice the mango into small chunks. The easiest way to do this is by making two slices on each side of the seed. This will leave you with two halves; you can then score it and scoop it out.
  2. Add the mango chunks and all the ingredients, EXCEPT the poppy seeds, to a blender or food processor and pulse until well blended. 
  3. Taste and adjust for seasonings. If the sauce is too thick to your liking, add a little water.
  4. Transfer the dressing to a jar, add the poppy seeds, and give it a shake.

Notes

* Zest the lime before you juice it; it is much easier to accomplish

** You can add or delete the sugar and honey to suit your taste. I often start with only honey and go from there. Keep in mind depending on the type of mango and how ripe it is will dictate how much sweetener you may want.

  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

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