Our mango slaw is bright, refreshing, and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Perfect as a topping or on its own as a side dish. A lovely summertime slaw that brings a pop of tropical flavors to your table, it's a Whole Lotta Yum!
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If you love salads, you're going to love our mango slaw recipe! Bright, crisp, sweet, and savory! Prepare mango slaw as a topping for fish tacos, or use it as a side dish. There is no wrong answer.
Mango coleslaw pairs well with grilled chicken, fish, or your other barbeque favorites. Brighten up an otherwise hearty dish with this light salad. I like to put this quick slaw together for our summer family gatherings. My family has put it on sloppy joes, grilled brats, and burgers.
Not only is this delicious, but it's also so good for you! Mangos are rich in vitamins A, C, and rich in fiber. Gain additional fiber from the carrots and cabbage. For more healthy slaws and salads try this Keto Crack Slaw, Shaved Brussels sprouts salad, for another fruity spin try this Arugula burrata salad with peaches.
Why You'll Love This!
- Great for meal prep- When you're short on time during the week, this slaw can easily top and add flavor to many dishes.
- Super yummy- Simple to adapt by adding herbs, spices, and other colorful veggies.
- Quick and easy! A big batch of mango slaw comes together quickly with no cooking involved.
- Healthy - Full of fresh vegetables like shredded carrots and cabbage, sweet mango, and bell peppers.
🥘 Mango Slaw Recipe Ingredients
A colorful array of fresh ingredients, herbs, spices, and citrus. This slaw screams summertime!
- Green cabbage - Thinly sliced or shredded cabbage. Red cabbage can also be used. Try both colors even. For less hassle use a 16-ounce bag of coleslaw mix. Napa cabbage or savoy cabbage can also be used.
- Ripe Mango - The sweetness and size of your ripe mango will vary, so it's best to continue tasting so you can tell whether you need to raise or lower the acid from the vinegar.
- Carrots - To avoid cutting whole carrots, you can buy a bag of carrot matchsticks.
- Celery stalks - Easily slice celery using a mandoline.
- Red bell pepper - Red bell pepper is slightly sweeter than other bell peppers. Depending on your preference you can use any color of pepper.
- Red onion - Red onion sliced thinly brings a punchy onion flavor without being too overpowering. Use shallots or green onions, for an even lesser onion flavor.
- Cilantro - Fresh cilantro is ideal for that subtle cilantro brightness. For a bolder cilantro flavor, used dried cilantro.
- Mango - For the dressing, we're just using peeled mango chunks. If you have frozen chunks of mango, that would work also.
- Lime juice - Fresh lime juice is best. To get the most juice, roll the limes on the counter with your hand before slicing. This helps to release the juices. Try adding lime zest for an even bolder citrus flavor.
- Minced garlic - Fresh garlic or jarred minced garlic works great. If you do not have access to those, garlic powder can work in a pinch so you don't miss out on that garlic flavor.
- Minced ginger root - You can often find a minced ginger paste already prepared in a tube. I often find this in the produce section of my local grocery store.
- Honey - For a vegan dressing, swap out honey for agave or maple syrup.
- Rice vinegar - Rice wine vinegar is the same as rice vinegar. Opt for apple cider vinegar if you don't have rice vinegar.
- Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- Red pepper flakes - This is an optional ingredient if you want a bit more heat. Chili powder is another option for adding heat.
- Canola oil - Olive oil or avocado oil will also be tasty.
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
- Spice: Add some heat with chopped jalapenos, red pepper flakes, or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- Nuts: Chopped almonds, cashews, or peanuts will work well and provide even more texture.
- Add cream: Give your mango slaw a creamy texture by adding Greek yogurt to the dressing.
- Use a traditional coleslaw dressing (which is the same as our 3 ingredient broccoli salad dressing)
- Sharp knife and cutting board
- Large salad bowl
🔪 How To Make Mango Cabbage Slaw
Chop up all of the colorful vegetables, puree a delicious mango dressing and combine!
In a large bowl, mix the slaw ingredients together and toss gently. Place the bowl in the refrigerator while you make the dressing.
Prep Mango Dressing
In a blender, combine the mango chunks, lime juice, garlic, ginger, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, salt, and peppers. Blend until the mixture becomes smooth.
While the blender is running, slowly add the canola oil until everything is well combined.
Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning by adding more honey or vinegar if necessary. If your mango is particularly sweet you may need to add extra vinegar. If the mango isn't very sweet you might require more honey.
Pour the dressing over the prepared slaw and toss everything together until well combined.
🥗 Dietary Substitutions
As written our mango slaw recipe is dairy free and gluten free.
- Keto & Whole30: Mangos, carrots, honey, and rice vinegar are not usually recommended on a strict keto diet due to their high carb and sugar content.
💡 Recipe Tips
- I recommend eating the slaw within an hour of adding the dressing. If you intend on having only a small portion of the slaw at once, then dress only the amount you plan to eat. Refrigerate the rest, with the mango included, for up to 24 hours, or without the mango for up to 3 days.
- For easy cutting, use a mandoline for the cabbage, celery, and red onions. Before cutting the cabbage, cut it in half and remove the core. Take caution when using a mandoline as you can easily cut yourself.
🥡 Storing and Reheating
- Storing: The mango dressing can be stored in an airtight container or jar for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
- Freezing: Since this mango slaw is vinegar based, it can be frozen already prepared for up to 6 months. You can also freeze the components separately if you would like.
Yes, thankfully our mango slaw recipe is versatile. Try other fruits like pineapple chunks, papaya, or even sliced apples or pears.
Yes, you can! While green cabbage is significantly cheaper, the convenience of a prepackaged slaw saves a lot of time and potential mishaps with the mandoline. These packages typically contain carrots as well, so you won't have to chop those up either.
Frozen mangos would be a great option for the mango dressing. I wouldn't recommend using frozen mangos in place of fresh mangos for the slaw ingredients. They could become mushy and add extra moisture to the slaw.
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