Cilantro Mango Dressing is a refreshing dressing made with mango, olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, and jalapeno for a spicy kick. Blend it all together to make a healthy salad dressing that’s perfect for topping your favorite salad or use as a dipping sauce.
Summer is upon us which means we get to use all the fun summer fruits. Since I love the sweet tropical taste of mango, I made this simple dressing recipe so I can get that juicy mango flavor and pair it with my favorite salads.
For this recipe, you’ll need a fresh mango along with some olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, and a jalapeno. Everything gets chopped and then added to a high speed blender or food processor until nice and creamy. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for fresh vegetables or even as a marinade for chicken, steak, or your favorite fish.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Fresh Mango – You’ll need a fresh mango for this recipe. Remove the pit and dice it up to be blended. It adds a naturally sweet flavor and fresh tropical tang.
- Olive Oil – Helps emulsify the dressing together and will help it stick to the salad.
- Lime Juice – Gives the dressing a pop of fresh flavor and bright acidity.
- Cilantro – Gives a fresh herb flavor and adds green color.
- Jalapeno – Adds a zesty natural kick of spice to the dressing.
- Salt & Pepper – Enhances and balances the flavors in the Dressing.
How To Make Cilantro Mango Dressing
Prepare the ingredients. Dice the mango into chunks and roughly chop the jalapeno into small pieces.
Blend the dressing. Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor except the olive oil. Pulse the ingredients until a puree starts to form. Turn up to medium and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until a smooth and creamy dressing is formed.
Remove and serve. Pour dressing into airtight containers or jars with a sealed lid and chill before serving.
Cilantro Mango Dressing
- Food processor or blender
- 1 large mango, diced
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1/2 1/2 jalapeño, deseeded and roughly chopped
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Dice the mango into chunks. Juice lime. Rough chop cilantro. Deseed and roughly chop the jalapeno.
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor except the olive oil. Pulse the ingredients until a puree starts to form.
- Turn up to medium and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until a smooth and creamy dressing is formed.
If you don’t have a blender or food processor, you can shake up this dressing in a mason jar until it’s emulsified. However, you would need mango puree and to make sure your jalapenos are finely minced along with the cilantro.
Storage: This dressing will stay fresh in an airtight container or jar for up to 7 days in your fridge. If ingredients begint to separate, give it a good shake.
If you like garlic and onion flavor, add a small amount of minced red onion and one clove of garlic to the dressing ingredients.
If your dressing is coming out too thick, use a small amount of water to thin it out until desired consistency is reached. If using it as a dip, keep it thick.
Can I use frozen mango?
You can use frozen mango chunks in this recipe, just make sure they are thawed completely before adding to the blender or food processor.
What if I don’t like cilantro?
You can replace the cilantro with basil to keep that fresh herb taste without the taste of cilantro.
What if I can’t handle spice?
If you prefer to not have a spicy dressing, simply omit the jalapeno completely from the dressing recipe.