Mango Cumin Salad Dressing




 Mango Cumin Salad Dressing

I am falling in love all over again with my parents.  Since moving back I find myself learning a bit more and more about them every day.  Take for instance last week we decided to have family movie night.  I would make dinner and my little sister would bring along a dessert, easy.  I knew I wanted to serve a big salad along with dinner since my mom loves my salads.  Earlier that day I had picked up a box of mangos that I knew would be great in my salad.  I wanted to add diced mango, but running my peeler over the mango was impossible. The juice from the mango was simply seeping all over my counter.  After I cleaned up and devoured the first mango I knew dressing was the way to go.  I tossed the next mango, its juice, a few favorite flavors into my blender, blended and poured into a jar.


That evening at dinner I noticed my dad (papi) digging into his salad with a smile on his face.

What? My papi is a carnivore, always has been and I thought always would be. He enjoys tacos de lengua, brisket, roasted chicken and is terribly addicted to hamburgers.  When he asked for a second helping I looked over to my little sister and she smiled, what the hell is going on? I thought.


After dinner papi excused himself from the dinner table and retreated home to rest.  We all expected this as the feature film chosen for the evening was animated.  Bags of popcorn were popped, loads of giggles and one spilt drink later movie night came to an end.  As my daughter cleared the table I carefully stored the leftovers in the fridge (tomorrow’s lunch).  Then we set our sights on the load of dirty dishes; I washed, she dried.  Then the doorbell rang, okay it’s almost midnight who could it be?

It was papi, he wanted more salad with lots and lots of dressing. Love him!   

This dressing is creamy, dreamy and screams summer. Oh and it’s papi approved, so you know it’s amazing!


Mango Cumin Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: dresses 4 big ole salads


  • 1 large mango –peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Salt
  • Water


  1. In a blender or food processor add mango, cumin, honey, lime juice, zest and vinegar.
  2. Blend until smooth, if dressing is too thick add a bit of water.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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  1. says

    Mango and cumin would not have been the first two ingredients I would have combined, but it sounds awesome and looks incredible! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it’s so much fun following your creations…
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  2. says

    What a great story! Sounds like a fun evening with the family! I noticed you devoured one mango before even starting the dressing. I’ve been known to do that. :) Great dressing recipe! I can easily seeing it working with a simple bowl of lettuce with some toasted nuts and bringing it up to a whole new level!
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  3. says

    OK, I think I had the ultimate mango salad recipe, but this tops it! I need to make this very soon because mango season is in full swing and I just can’t stop buying kilos of the stuff at a time at the markets. YUM!
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  4. says

    The mango dressing sure sounds and looks wonderful…especially that there are lots of mangoes around.
    So cute your papi :)
    Thanks for this flavorful dressing and hope you are enjoying being near you family Vianney!


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