Mango salad dressing is such a fun way to switch up your go-to salad!
Instead of using a creamy ranch or a tahini-based dressing, the next time you are looking for a bright and flavorful dressing, try this mango vinaigrette! Made with just 8 ingredients, this simple homemade dressing recipe is so much better than anything you can buy in stores! All you need is a blender or food processor, no cooking required!
Why you will love this recipe
- Get out of your salad rut! Salads can get boring, especially if you aren’t changing up your dressing choices! This bright, sweet and tangy dressing is the perfect solution! Made with fresh or frozen mangos, you can make this dressing all year long!
- Not just for salads! This mango dressing is perfect over chicken, fish or even as base for coleslaw! Once you try this, you are going to want to add it to everything!
- It’s customizable! Do you love sweet and spicy together? Add some fresh jalapeno or crushed red pepper flakes! If you like a slightly sweeter dressing, add a little honey or maple syrup to take the sweetness up a notch! This dressing is customizable depending on your tastes!
- Out of the ordinary! This mango salad dressing is fun to serve to guests or at parties because it’s so unusual! It’s also vegan, gluten free, dairy free and Whole30 friendly – so you can feel good about serving it to all your guests!
- Mango – you can use fresh or frozen mango (defrosted) to make this recipe! Fresh mango will likely be a bit sweeter so you may need to add some sweetener if you use frozen (depending on your taste buds and how sweet the frozen mango is).
- Olive oil – this helps to emulsify (thicken) the dressing (you could also use avocado oil).
- Lime juice and apple cider vinegar – these help to balance out the sweetness with acid. I found that the mixture of lime juice and apple cider vinegar was the best (in my opinion) but you could use all lime juice or all vinegar if needed.
- Spices: Salt, Cumin and Garlic Powder – these help to balance out the sweet flavor and give an earthy, smoky undertone to the dressing.
Defrost your mango in the microwave or in the fridge overnight or If you are cutting a fresh mango, you will need the equivalent to 1 cup which is usually 1-2 large mangos (depending on how big the pit is). If you need instructions on how to cut a mango, this is a great resource.
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process on high until well combined. You could also use a high speed blender.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or serve immediately.
The balance of sweet and tangy from the acid is dependent on how sweet your mangos are. You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup to balance out the tartness from the acid. Be sure to taste the dressing before pouring it out of the food processor (I like to taste it on a lettuce leaf to see how the flavor is on salad). For Whole30, you can add 1-2 dates or pineapple juice.
Don’t be afraid to add some heat! I actually love this recipe with a heavy pinch of red pepper flakes, but it depends on what I’m serving it with. If it’s a light salad with fresh fruit, I typically omit the pepper flakes. If I’m serving it with fish or chicken or on tacos, I always add the pepper!
You could also make this into a thicker, creamy mango dressing by add 1 avocado (peeled, pit removed) to the food processor. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water as well depending on how big the avocado is.
This recipe for mango lime dressing is thick. If you like a thinner dressing, you can add water, 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
What to serve this with
Mango dressing is unique and can easily go with so many dishes! Some of my favorite combinations are:
- Over salad, especially salad with fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, mandarin orange slices, cherries.
- Over chicken salad or tuna salad instead of a mayo-based dressing.
- Over tacos, especially fish tacos. The sweet and savory combo is so good together!
- Over salmon, chicken, shrimp or even roasted veggies for a nice pop of flavor.
- Use this dressing as a base for coleslaw!
How many servings of dressing does this recipe make
This mango lime vinaigrette recipe makes about for 5-6 servings, depending on how much dressing you usually use. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and stored in the fridge.
Other ingredients you could add
Make it spicy: Add fresh jalapeno, crushed red pepper flakes or even a chipotle pepper (from the can) or fresh grated ginger!
Make it creamy: You can add a peeled and pitted avocado or 1/2 – 1 cup of Greek yogurt (dairy free if needed) to make this dressing creamy and delicious.
Change the spices: Add about 1 tsp. of curry powder to make this a curry mango dressing (really good with chicken salad).
Fridge: Store leftover dressing in the fridge in an air tight container for up to a week.
Freezer: Store leftover mango dressing in the freezer for up to 3 months. You will likely want to re-blend the dressing before using as it may not have the same texture right out of the freezer.
- Olive oil: You can also use avocado oil in place of olive oil.
- Lime Juice: You can use all apple cider vinegar if you do not have a fresh lime. You will want to use 2-3 tablespoons total of apple cider vinegar:
- Apple cider vinegar: If you do not have apple cider vinegar, you can also use white wine vinegar, or more lime juice. You will want to add about 1/2 of a small lime extra.
- Cilantro: If you do not like cilantro or don’t have cilantro on hand, you could also try adding a mixture of fresh mint and flat leaf parsley.
- Spices: You can omit any of the spices listed if you do not have them on hand. If you want a smoky flavor and don’t have cumin, you can use smoked paprika (1/2 tsp).
If you love this dressing, you have to try
Mango Dressing$2.89 Recipe/$0.48 Serving
- 1 cups frozen mango defrosted (or fresh mango) - $1.50
- 1 medium lime, juiced - $0.33
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar - $0.06
- 1 tbsp. olive oil - $0.22
- 1/4 cup cilantro - $0.65
- 1/2 tsp. salt - $0.03
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin - $0.05
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder - $0.05
- In a food processor or blender combine all the ingredients and blend on high. If needed, add water by the tablespoon to thin it out.
- Store in an air tight container for up to a week in the fridge.
Tuesday 23rd of March 2021
Excellent recipe, thank you! I made it with curry powder and used the dressing on my grilled chicken salad, so savory and good! Also, I made it with lemon juice and parsley. Limes and cilantro are on my shopping list for the next batch. Thanks again!
Thursday 14th of July 2016
You had me at the green!! Looks delicious and FUN - love homemade dressings! Wanted to pop by and let you know i'm featuring your yummy recipe this week on #FoodieFriDIY - as always, thank you for linking up! Hope to see you again soon - party will be live this evening at 6pm pst!
Wednesday 19th of September 2018
Is this nutritional info for the whole recipe made?
Thursday 14th of July 2016
A good salad dressing makes all the difference and this has got some of my favourite flavours in. #freefrmfridays
Monday 11th of July 2016
I want to make a huge salad for dinner now so I can smother it in this dressing! It looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Showcase link party!
Monday 11th of July 2016
Lovely combo! Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to have you again this week.