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 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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25 Responses to Mango Cumin Salad Dressing

  1. [...] the topic of mangoes, Vianney at Sweet Life has a recipe for a salad dressing (Mango Cumin Salad Dressing). Apparently she created the recipe on the spot while trying to figure out what to do with some of [...]

  2. I love how simple this recipe looks! What a great idea on using mangoes.

  3. Know how I’m gonna use that ripe mango in the fridge now! Can’t wait to taste your mango dressing!
    Bonnie Banters recently posted..Easy, Breezy Potato Salad with Baby RedsMy Profile

  4. I am with your papi on this one…yikes, I must try this fantastic creation!

  5. I am ready to make this right now! What a delicious dressing and fun times with your family :)
    Susan recently posted..CapreseSalad with Balsamic Reduction and Basil OilMy Profile

  6. Love mangoes and fruit dressings – beautiful!
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  7. Yum! This sounds like a wonderful dressing, sure to make any salad a winner!
    Stefanie recently posted..Chocolate Whoopie PiesMy Profile

  8. 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…
    Javelin Warrior recently posted..Food Fetish Friday 6/15/2012My Profile

  9. 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!
    mjskit recently posted..Orange Ginger Chicken SaladMy Profile

  10. 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!
    Ben recently posted..Feliz Cumpleaños a mi!My Profile

  11. I can see why your dad came back for more! This dressing sounds amazing. I’m such a mango fiend and finding a new way to use it is ALWAYS a good thing.
    joanne recently posted..Recipe: Coriander and Nori Pesto Soba with Wok Seared Greens {eat.live.be.}My Profile

  12. Ha! That is so awesome. You’ll get some veggies into papi with his new-found love of this dressing ;P I don’t blame him though…it sounds wonderful. And the pictures – amazing!
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Chorizo Verde + Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeños {she made, ella hace}My Profile

  13. OMG! I think you know that mangoes are my all-time favorite. I can’t wait to make this dressing!!! BTW, I bought tortillas the other day to make some roasted vegetable tacos from your recipe. Yipee! Can’t wait! :-D
    Paz recently posted..Black and White Wednesday: Two Bags of GroceriesMy Profile

  14. Stunning suggestion!!!
    Lia recently posted..Garlic chickpeas and chorizo / Grão de bico com alho e chouriço!My Profile

  15. Oh I love the combination of mango and cumin! I surely want to give this a try before mangoes go out of season for me! :)
    Baker Street recently posted..#MuffinMonday: Nutella Swirl Doughnut Muffins | #giveawayMy Profile

  16. What a fantastic dressing. I love mango in anything!
    yummychunklet recently posted..Out Sick!My Profile

  17. Yummmm, this dressing does sound amazing!!! I’m loving mango anything this summer too so I know I would love this!
    stephanie @cookinfanatic recently posted..Summer Weekendz & Sushi Rice Ballz ?My Profile

  18. i love the bright vibrant color and it looks delicious
    Kitchen Belleicious recently posted..Chocolate Eclairs in a JarMy Profile

  19. 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!

  20. oh wow, this sounds like a super delicious salad dressing! definitely bookmarking this!
    Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) recently posted..Thinly Sliced Beef YakitoriMy Profile

  21. Hi Vianney,

    I’m so happy for you and that you are home and close to your family. Your papi is making me smile:) Loving your salad dressing recipe.
    Spicie Foodie recently posted..Spicy Cheese Pupusas or El Salvadoran Corn CakesMy Profile

  22. What a great idea! I love the freshness of this. It is so special to have this time with your folks – how lovely.
    Belinda @zomppa recently posted..Low-Salt Diet = Hypertension?: Olive and Thyme FarinataMy Profile

  23. A great idea! This is a tasty dressing.



  24. I am already in love with this salad dressing!! YUM!! I just love your recipes; they always make me want to run to the kitchen!
    the wicked noodle recently posted..chef geoff’s shrimp & very gouda gritsMy Profile

  25. I love this dressing. I just bought a big box of those mangos and must give this a try. Beautiful color and the ingredients sound wonderful. And if your Dad wanted 2nd’s then I’m definitely all over this one.
    Lea Ann recently posted..Spring Trip to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, ColoradoMy Profile

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