Fact: I am slightly allergic to mangoes.
Fact: I bought a case of mangoes at Whole Foods last week.
Fact: My face is itchy and I have microscopic bumps in the corners of my mouth.
Fact: I am almost through with my case of mangoes.
Fact: I am very grateful that I am not lactose intolerant.
Fact: I just made mango ice cream.
These are some of my preferred methods of mango consumption.
1 mango + a handful of strawberries + a few spoonfuls of plain greek yogurt + a few ice cubes -> blended until smooth
Kale, Coconut and Mango Salad
I’ve been hooked on this salad, and variations of it, for the last month. I started with this recipe and pared it down based on the ingredients that I had. Every version that I’ve made has consisted more or less of this:
- 1 bunch lacinato kale, chopped or shredded
- 1 apple or mango, chopped or cut into matchsticks
- 1 large handful of almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup grated pecorino (or feta, parmesan, crumbled goat cheese…) (optional)
- 1/4 cup dried coconut, toasted (optional)
For the dressing I use equal parts olive oil and some sort of vinegar – apple cider is good with apples, but white wine or balsamic would be good, too – then add a glug of maple syrup and a little salt and pepper. Whisk and adjust to taste.
Lately I’ve been using this passion fruit vinegar for the dressing, and while it was good with apples, it’s even better with mangoes. I found it at a local cooking store, but it’s also available on Amazon.
Once everything is combined, you can either eat it right away or let it marinate for thirty minutes or so. Thanks to the hearty kale, it will hold up for at least a day or two.
Mango and Oat Breakfast Bowl
Oatmeal + puréed mango + strawberries + toasted almonds
Mango-Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla ice cream with mango purée added during the last few minutes of churning
Even without mangoes, I highly recommend David Lebovitz’s vanilla ice cream. I added a couple of extra egg yolks and some extra whole milk to this batch, and every time I taste it I can’t believe that something as simple as vanilla ice cream can taste so good.