Ingredients In Mango Dressing
As a busy entrepreneur vegan, I’m always desperate for something scrumptious that pulls together in a pinch! This creamy mango dressing is it!
A bit Thai inspired, this dressing uses both sweet and spicy flavors.
Here’s all you will need to create this amazing vegan dressing that compliments almost everything!
- Cayenne Pepper
- Coconut Milk (Canned)
- Black Pepper
What Salad Dressings Are Vegan?
Finding a vegan dressing, like many other manufactured items in the supermarket, can be tricky.
If you do hit the grocery, items on the ingredients list that are a red flag a dressing is not vegan include:
Common commercial dressings that tend to be vegan are vinaigrette, honey mustard (if you choose to eat honey), poppyseed and lemon herb dressings.
Creating this mango dressing from scratch will ensure you’re following your vegan heart. Throwing it together is easier than driving to the grocery!
Salad dressings that are typically not vegan friendly are ranch, thousand island, blue cheese, and caesar.
The good news is- there’s are millions of creative vegans out there re-creating the flavors you love in classic dressings 100% vegan! Like myself for example.
How Do You Make Salad Dressings From Scratch?
To do this, we will need to determine if we want to create a cream or an oil based salad.
For a vinaigrette- such as this one, you will need an oil, some type of vinegar and some additional flavors!
Actually-lets back up a second here! The first thing you’re really going to need is a jar, preferably with a lid. Unless you plan on holding onto this stuff with your hands (please don’t!)
Fruits that can be used for vinaigrettes include:
If I wanted to create a creamy or cheesy vegan salad dressing from scratch, I might simply use a variation of nooch sauce.
For dressings I did not wish to be cheesy, but wanted creamy, I would simply combine soaked cashew or coconut milk to my base alongside herbs.
How Can I Keep My Vegan Salad Dressing From Separating?
Adding a fruit or mustard will help form an emulsion. An emulsion is created when we combine two foods that normally wouldn’t mix.
Shaking vigorously (or in our case blending) will have a similar effect, but without an emulsifier will likely be short lived!
Ways to Make Oil Free Salad Dressing
For this creamy mango dressing, there are a few ways to make it oil free. They include:
- Adding an additional 1/4 cup coconut milk in place of olive oil.
- Add water in place of olive oil.
- Use a fruit juice or additional lime juice in place of olive oil.
- Added to your favorite dessert
The end result may result in a varying texture. It may also be a bit sweeter if fruit juice is used.
Can I Use Frozen Fruit For Mango Salad Dressing?
Yes! Frozen fruit will work just as well for this recipe.
In fact frozen mangos are packed at their peak. This means that they will contain a higher nutrient profile than out of season mangos and taste better.
For most mango’s sold in the US, peak mango season is March through July.
How Long Will My Mango Dressing Last in the Fridge?
This vegan dressing will last in the fridge about 3 days.
However, this treat can also be frozen! Freeze this mango dressing for later use on your favorite treats for up to 3 months!
What Else Can I Use Salad Dressing On Besides Salad?
There’s a dozen ways to use this scrumptious treat!
Some of my favorites include:
- Freezing the mix and creating sweet and spicy popsicles
- Adding to waffles
- As a vegan veggie dip
- On a vegan taco (I know! Strange but it’s excellent)
- In a smoothie
- On top of vegan brownies
What Are Some Variations I can Use With This Mango Dressing?
One easy variation is taking down the spice a notch!
If spice isn’t your gig, the cayenne additive might be a real kick in the pants.
They pepper in this vegan dressing starts off sweet but ends with a bang! Simply reduce it or omit it altogether if it’s too much spice!
You can also change up this recipe by:
- Switching out your fruit choice
- Adding Tahini
- Adding hemp seeds
- Adding cumin
- Throwing in a bit of balsamic
- Use crushed red pepper in place of black pepper
- Throw in some roasted red peppers
What's Your Favorite Vegan Salad Dressing?
While this recipe combines both sweet and spicy flavors, there’s a vegan dressing for everyone!
Do you like more traditional balsamic varieties of dressing or those which are creamy?
What’s your favorite fruit or spice to combine with your dressing?
Drop your suggestions in the comments below!
- High Powered Blender.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 clove garlic
- 1.5 cups fresh mango (about two fresh mangos)
- 1 tsp ginger
- ½ cup coconut milk canned
- 1 tbsp lemon freqsh squeezed
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- Blend all ingredients in high powered blender for about 1 minute. Serve and enjoy!