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Spicy Mango Salad Dressing

Spicy Mango Salad Dressing is a quick and easy condiment made with just 5 simple ingredients and ready in minutes! It’s fresh, healthy, and delicious!

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Why We Love This Salad Dressing

Mango Salad Dressing is a perfect condiment for salads, adding a sweet and spicy flavor to the simplest of salads. It can also double as a sauce or glaze for veggies!

What I love most about the recipe, besides it being thick and delicious, is that it’s super quick and easy to make and only requires 5 ingredients.

Plus, it can easily be customized with herbs like cilantro, adding a herbaceous flavor layer. Or add a squeeze of lime or lemon for a punch of citrus.

If you don’t have fresh mangoes on hand or don’t feel like cutting them up, you can substitute them with frozen mangoes for convenience.

Naturally vegan, this mango dressing is for anyone wanting a healthy, sugar and oil-free dressing that’s delicious as can be!

top down view of ingredients used to make the best mango dressing.

Mango Dressing Ingredients

Here is everything you will need to make the best mango salad dressing, including substitution ideas (measurements are in the recipe card below):

  • Mango – Mangoes are pretty much available all year long in the US, but are at their peak from March to July. Use your favorite, making sure it’s nice and ripe for the best flavor and sweetness. Even frozen mangoes will work.
  • Garlic – I used fresh garlic, but you can substitute with 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Adds a nice tang, use more or less to suit your taste.
  • Red Pepper Flakes – For a nice punch of spicy, you can also sub with a small, diced jalapeno with seeds removed.
  • Salt – Just a pinch to enhance all the flavors (my preferred salt is pink mineral salt).
top down view showing process of cutting mango.

How To Slice Mango

The best way to cut a cut a mango is by placing it stem side up, slicing downward into the mango at the top near the stub, staying as close to the center seed as possible. Repeat on the other side.

Once done you will have two fleshy side pieces and one center piece with seed in the middle.

Now, you can take the center piece and cut the same way to remove the thin fleshy strip of mango on either side of the seed. Discard the center seed.

top down view of different ways to slice mango.

Next, you’re ready to slice the fleshy halves into strips or cubes.

  • How to cut mango into cubes (shown above left) – Simply cut into the halves making crisscrosses, without piercing the skin. Push up from underneath to fan out the mango pieces.
  • How to make slices (shown above right) – Slice the mango halves lengthwise into 1-inch strips. Carefully cut the flesh from the skin by running a sharp knife as close to the skin as possible.

Now you’re ready to go to the next step!

top down view showing the process of making mango dressing.

How To Make Mango Salad Dressing

Here is a quick overview of making mango salad dressing, as shown above in a blender. See the bottom of the page for the full printable recipe card.

  • Add the mango, garlic, apple cider vinegar, water, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt to your favorite blender or food processor.
  • Blend until completely smooth, about 1 minute.
head on view of blender with fresh made mango dressing, showing how much it makes.

You can see, as pictured above, I used my Blendtec (the newest addition to our kitchen, which I love!) on the fruit and veggie setting (5th button from the left).

It yielded about 1 1/4 cups.

If you don’t have a blender, you just as easily make this in a food processor.

And that’s it – now you’re ready to enjoy!

Flavor Variations

  • Herbs – add 2 – 3 tablespoons cilantro for a herbaceous flavor.
  • Citrus – add 2 – 3 tablespoons of lemon, orange, or lime for a burst of citrus.
  • Ginger – throw in a 1-inch knob of grated or minced ginger for a wonderful twist of flavor.

head on view of spicy mango dressing being poured into a glass jar.

How To Store

Mango dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days. For longer storage, store in the freezer using freezer-safe containers for up to 2 – 3 months. Let thaw before using.

Serving Suggestions

Here a few suggestions on how to use this mango dressing recipe. I’m sure there are many more ways and I would love to hear yours!

side angle view of mango dressing being poured over rainbow chop chop salad.

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Spicy Mango Salad Dressing

Spicy Mango Salad Dressing is a quick and easy recipe made with 5 simple ingredients! It’s a fresh, healthy, and delicious! Vegan + oil-free.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 – 4 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: puree
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large ripe mango (about 2 cups), cut into cubes or slices
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water (or more acv)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • pinch of mineral salt

Instructions

To the bottom of a blender cup or food processor bowl, add the mango, garlic, apple cider vinegar, water, red pepper flakes, and salt. Process until smooth and blended, about 1 minute.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

Serves 2 – 4

Store: Keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days. Will also keep in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months in freezer safe containers. Let thaw before using.

Ways to use: Rainbow Salad, Super Spinach Salad, or Grilled Tofu Skewers

Notes

Using frozen mangoes, simply let thaw before using.

Flavor variations:

  • Herbs – add 2 – 3 tablespoons cilantro for a herbaceous flavor.
  • Citrus – add 2 – 3 tablespoons of lemon, orange, or lime for a burst of citrus.
  • Ginger – throw in a 1 inch knob of grated or minced ginger for a wonderful twist of flavor.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.

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4 Comments

  1. I have a bag of frozen mango. How would I use it in this recipe, just blend with the other ingredients while still frozen or do I need to let the frozen mango pieces thaw? And if using frozen mango after making the dressing I can still freeze it for storing right? Thank you! Also do you have a specific freezer container for freezing this after making it that you would recommend?

  2. I added balsamic vinegar as well because I used frozen mango and it was very thick and it was delicious. I absolutely love that it has no oil is super healthy and delicious. Thank you for a great recipe.

  3. I added fresh organic lime and it’s delicious!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing, Luci!

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