Friday, June 24, 2011

Mango Madness!

Today I am celebrating summer and one of the seasons most delicious fruits, MANGO! A group of my blogger friends and I decided to make a mango madness celebration by posting recipes with mango as the main ingredient.

I have two mango trees in my backyard and I eat them everyday all summer long, so I couldn’t resist to make just one recipe. To follow the cooking basics needed to be posted, today we are making a delicious tropical mango dressing so that way we can learn about emulsions, but I am also sharing with you my mango relish recipe perfect for those grilled items we love during the summer season.

What is an emulsion? Well is the marriage between water and oil, two liquids that don’t mix together.
When you emulsify you are forcing together little drops of water and little molecules of oil by mixing or blending very fast. And this is exactly what we are doing for our mango dressing.

You’ll be needing:
1 big ripe mango
1 clove of garlic, peeled
½ cup of Olive Oil
Pepper to taste or if you are like me that loves everything spicy ½ a hot pepper

The first thing we need is mango juice as concentrated as possible, so if you have a juicer go ahead peel the mango and juice away. If you are using a blender peel and chop the mango and blend. Add water if needed but remember that we need the juice to be concentrated and thick. After pass it through a strainer so we end up with a nice and smooth dressing at the end.
Pour the juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender and blend. While still blending start adding the olive oil slowly. Feel free to add more olive oil, but just keep in mind that you are looking for dressing consistency.
Now your mango dressing is ready! Serve this with your favorite salad! I personally love sweet dressings like this one with a baby arugula and parmesan cheese salad! YUM! The sweetness of the mango goes great with the tartness of the arugula.

Now that we have the dressing ready lets continue with our mango madness party!


I loveee relishes they go perfectly with grilled meats, mixed up with rice, on top of crostinis and with just about all the foods we love to eat in spring and summer. Its because relishes are refreshing and fruity.
Today we are going to make one that is going to turn your summer around!

1 big NOT TOTALLY RIPE mango, peeled and small dice
1 small white onion, peeled and small dice
1 hot pepper, seeded and chopped
½ a bunch of cilantro, chopped
The juice of one lime
Olive Oil

This is easy and fast to make. Just mix all the ingredients together season with the lime juice and salt. Finish by drizzling olive oil. This relish is ready to be eaten!

Well guys I hope you had as much fun as I did today in our mango madness party!
If you are looking for more mango fun you definitely have to visit my blogger friends pages and sites. Trust me when I say you are going to LOVE IT! So go surf away!
Here are the names of my friends, just click on them so you can continue enjoying our mango madness party!




'till next time


  1. Oh YUM!!! Seriously, I would love love to have a mango tree in my backyard:-) This recipe sounds refreshing, and perfect on so many dishes! Cilantro is one of the most aromatic herbs in my book, so delicious:-)
    Hugs, Terra

  2. The mango dressing sounds delicious! We eat a lot of salads so I'll have to try that for something different and new! Great post, Fran.

  3. I wish I had a mango tree in my yard! Currently the Mangoes in Key West are ripening and they are the best mangoes I've ever had thus far in my life! I cant wait to try your relish thanks for sharing.

  4. love the dressing, seriously, can you make some in a jar for me? thanks amiga!!

  5. thanks for the free tutorials. You sounded so Pro! You are lucky to have 2 mango trees in your backyard. I would love to have them too! Im jealous now, or maybe better yet, Im on my way to join you there haha.
    Great to join you in this madness!

  6. How awesome is this, and how awesome is that you have TWO MANGO TREES to enjoy all summer long!

    So happy to meet you, Francys! Looking forward to your posts!

  7. You are so lucky to have mango trees. I will be making your dressing, it looks wonderful. Please stop by my blog and check out my Mango Gazpacho.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  8. Oh wow, this is one Mango recipe I haven't done yet. And I can't wait to try it. I am sure it's terrific. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the fun. Let's go "mad" again over the next cooking challenge!

  9. Both of those sound yum! I would like to try that dressing on a mixed green salad with some fresh pan seared tuna sliced on top. Luv me some salsa's too =)

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