Savory Mango Recipes For Every Meal

Nothing says welcome to the tropics like fresh mangoes. One bite into this buttery, tangy-sweet fruit and you’ll be transported to a palm tree-lined beach, the waves lapping the shoreline and a warm, salty breeze. Mango adds a burst of tropical brightness to any dish, whether it’s balancing a spicy Tandoori chicken or paired with pineapple and coconut.

Luckily for you, mangoes are available all year long. They have two seasons, one in the spring and summer, and one in the fall and winter. The only difference between the two seasons is where the fruit grow. In the spring and summer, they flourish in Mexico, but in the fall and winter they have better luck in Peru and Brazil. Mangoes are also native to Florida and other tropical environments near the equator.

But how do you tell if a mango is ripe for eating? The fruit itself can appear many different colors, and although this may seem like an indication of ripeness, it means nothing. To tell if a mango is ready to eat, give it a gentle squeeze. If it gives under the pressure, it’s ripe. If it’s firm, it needs some more time to ripen at room temperature. If you want your mangoes to ripen faster, put them in a paper bag at room temperature. The fruit will release a natural gas called ethylene, which will speed up the ripening process. However, you should avoid closing the bag completely because too much ethylene can cause the fruit to spoil.

Best of all, this versatile fruit has an array of health benefits. Mangoes contain antioxidant compounds that can reduce the risk of colon, breast, leukemia, and prostate cancers. They can also lower cholesterol, clear your skin, and improve your immune system and digestion. Plus, they’re full of vitamins and nutrients and low in calories. One cup of mango contains 76 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement, and only 105 calories.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy these unique ways to use mango in every meal.

Mango Lassi
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This creamy, refreshing yogurt drink (think mango milkshake!) is perfect on a hot day. Sometimes it’s jazzed up with rose water or spices, but most of the time it comes in two varieties: sweet or salty. Either way, it’s delicious.
Mango Lassi
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This creamy, refreshing yogurt drink (think mango milkshake!) is perfect on a hot day. Sometimes it’s jazzed up with rose water or spices, but most of the time it comes in two varieties: sweet or salty. Either way, it’s delicious.
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  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 3 Mangoes peeled and sliced
  • 4 tsp Sugar optional for sweet lassi
  • 2 tsp Salt optional for salty lassi
  • 2 tsp Cardamom Seeds optional for salty lassi
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  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 3 Mangoes peeled and sliced
  • 4 tsp Sugar optional for sweet lassi
  • 2 tsp Salt optional for salty lassi
  • 2 tsp Cardamom Seeds optional for salty lassi
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  1. Put all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse for 2 minutes.
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
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Simple and easy to make, this appetizer is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The hardest part about making this starter is slicing the mango bites just right. Not only do the wraps taste wonderful, but their bright, well-balanced colors give them a wow factor when served.
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Simple and easy to make, this appetizer is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The hardest part about making this starter is slicing the mango bites just right. Not only do the wraps taste wonderful, but their bright, well-balanced colors give them a wow factor when served.
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  • 1 Mango peeled and cut
  • 1/4 lb Prosciutto sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 cups Basil
  • 1 1/2 cups Arugula
  • Pepper to taste
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  • 1 Mango peeled and cut
  • 1/4 lb Prosciutto sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 cups Basil
  • 1 1/2 cups Arugula
  • Pepper to taste
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  1. Cut mango into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Cut prosciutto lengthwise into 4 strips.
  3. Place mango pieces onto arugula and basil leaves, and then wrap each bundle with a prosciutto strip.
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Tandoori Chicken With Mango And Ginger Relish
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Tandoori chicken is India’s equivalent of barbecue chicken. It’s hot, spicy flavor is perfectly balanced by the refreshing mango and ginger relish.
Tandoori Chicken With Mango And Ginger Relish
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Tandoori chicken is India’s equivalent of barbecue chicken. It’s hot, spicy flavor is perfectly balanced by the refreshing mango and ginger relish.
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Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp Tandoori Paste
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 Mango peeled and diced
  • 1 Lemon juice and rind
  • 1 Red Onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp Coriander chopped
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  • 1 tbsp Tandoori Paste
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 Mango peeled and diced
  • 1 Lemon juice and rind
  • 1 Red Onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp Coriander chopped
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  1. Mix Tandoori paste, yogurt, half the ginger, and half the lemon juice and rind in a bowl. Make 2 or 3 deep cuts into the chicken breast and spread the mixture over the chicken. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. For the relish: finely chop mango, red onion, remaining ginger, lemon juice, rind, and season with black pepper and coriander. Mix together.
  3. Grill chicken on medium heat for 20-25 minutes, or until done.
  4. Spoon mango relish on plate and serve with chicken.
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Mango Sorbet
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Smooth and soft, mango sorbet is a great finish to any meal.
Mango Sorbet
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Smooth and soft, mango sorbet is a great finish to any meal.
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Ingredients
  • 4 Mangoes sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup Simple Syrup
  • 3 tbsp Lime Juice
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  • 4 Mangoes sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup Simple Syrup
  • 3 tbsp Lime Juice
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  1. Cut the mangoes lengthwise, and scoop out all the flesh into a blender.
  2. Add the simple syrup and lime juice to the blender and puree.
  3. Place mango puree into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturers directions.
  4. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
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