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This is an easy, fresh, and delicious mango salad recipe with a flavorful homemade dressing.

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❤️ Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • This is a quick and easy salad recipe. Perfect for throwing together when short on time.
  • This mango salad has a nice fresh taste and a delightful crunch with a medley of textures.
  • Vegetables and fruit mingle for a flavor that is uniquely delicious.
  • The homemade dressing in this salad is perfectly sweet and tangy.
  • Naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free, with a vegan option.
Homemade mango salad in a large striped white ceramic bowl.

🥭 How Do You Cut A Mango For Mango Salad?

Mangoes have a pit running through the center. To cut a mango for mango salad, carefully slice off all 4 sides of the mango length-wise, working around the pit. Score the fruit into little cubes using a knife, then use a knife or spoon or scrape the diced mango into a bowl for use.

A wooden spoon scooping mango salad out of a bowl.

🌿Ingredients and Substitutes

Mango: Use fragrant mangoes that feel slightly soft when you give them a squeeze.

Red onion: Red onion pairs well with mango and this salad is no exception. If you only have white or yellow onion, that will work, too.

Cucumber: A simple English cucumber or Persian cucumber works well in this recipe.

Bell pepper: Any color bell pepper will work, but I like to use red bell peppers for the pretty color contrast! If looks are no concern, use what you have.

Basil: Fresh basil adds a unique flavor to this recipe that isn’t easily replicated by other fresh herbs.

Lemon juice: I love the flavor that lemon juice adds to this salad, but lime juice works just as well, as does apple cider vinegar.

Honey: Honey works well with the other ingredients, but if you are vegan or only have other sweeteners on hand, use those. Maple syrup and agave syrup are great alternatives.

Red chili flakes: A pinch of red pepper flakes adds a subtle hit of heat. If you are sensitive to spice, simply omit them.

Salt: Salt actually enhances the sweetness of the mango and is used as a component of the dressing.

Oil: Oil is used in the homemade dressing. I love the neutral flavor profile of avocado oil, but use whatever oil you have on hand.

Ginger root: A touch of fresh ginger greatly complements the mango and basil. If you do not have fresh, use a pinch of dried ginger root powder if need be.

A large white ceramic bowl filled with mango, fresh herbs, and veggies.

🔪 How to Make Mango Salad

A large bowl filled with diced mango and sliced red onion.
A large white bowl filled with diced mango and bell peppers.
A large bowl filled with chopped fruit and vegetables.
A large white bowl filled with chopped fresh herb, fruit and veggies.
A large white bowl filled with homemade mango salad and a wooden spoon.
Freshly made mango salad topped with fresh basil leaves.
  1. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl, then give it all a good mix.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the homemade mango salad dressing ingredients. Whisk until smooth, then pour over the salad in the bowl.
  3. Toss to coat, serve, and enjoy!
A wooden spoon rests on the rim of a large white bowl filled with mango salad.

🥣 Serving Ideas

A wooden spoon scoops mango salad out of a large white bowl.

🥡 Storage

Store this mango salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

A large ceramic bowl filled with mango salad.

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Mango Salad

This is an easy, fresh, and delicious mango salad recipe with a flavorful homemade dressing. Vegan and gluten-free.
4.94 from 87 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Thai
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

Mango Salad

  • 2 ripe mangoes peeled and diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh basil sliced

Homemade Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey if vegan, use vegan honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root grated or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • In a large serving bowl, combine the mango, bell pepper, cucumber, onion and basil. Mix well.
  • In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, sweetener, oil, ginger, red chili flakes and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad, then toss to coat.
  • Serve, and enjoy!

Notes

Alternatively, to save dishes and time, you can just combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 2302IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

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21 Comments

  1. I am not a fan of ginger. Is there another spice that would work or ideally, could I just omit the ginger? Thank you!

      1. This salad is fabulous! For the dressing I used Mike’s Hot Honey (sriracha honey) and skipped the chili flakes. I also used 1/4 tsp. Ground ginger instead of fresh ginger and added diced chicken for a bit of protein. I will definitely be making this again!

      2. 5 stars
        I ended up using a small amount of ground ginger (1/4 tsp.), and even though I’m not a fan of ginger, I do think it makes the dressing, it was absolutely wonderful!

  2. 5 stars
    We had this salad with tacos and it was so good!! Perfect sweet side to balance out our spicy tacos!

  3. 5 stars
    This is easily going to become my summer salad. I could eat this every day and not tire of it. Love the sweet flavors paired with the crunchy textures and bright dressing.

  4. 5 stars
    This mango salad made the perfect side dish for grilled salmon. Everyone raved about the combo.

  5. 5 stars
    This mango salad is so refreshing! I love to pair it to my fav pad thai, they always make a great meal!

  6. 5 stars
    This mango salad is amazing! The combination of sweet mango and red pepper was very refreshing.

  7. 5 stars
    Wowww this was SO good. I added some fresh mint leaves. Made it for a big lunch we hosted and everyone loved it.

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe was crazy delicious! I am always looking for cool ways to use mango and this was definitely one of my favourites!

  9. 5 stars
    I wouldn’t have thought about adding in bell pepper to this but the flavor and texture combination was so good!

  10. 5 stars
    I love all the fresh festive flavors in this meal! Absolutely delicious! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    My new favorite salad! It was so easy to prepare. I loved the flavor and all the textures. But the star is that dressing with some kick. Spectacular!

  12. 5 stars
    I love anything with mangoes and this salad is no exception! It was delicious, flavorful, and just perfect.

  13. 5 stars
    This mango salad was so fresh and tasty. Loved the kick from red chilli flakes. Every one at home loved it.

  14. 5 stars
    This is a beautiful salad – bright, fresh, and delicious. I absolutely love the fresh ginger in the dressing. I will definitely be making this again!