An Abundance of Mangoes

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.

Strawberry-Mango Smoothie

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.

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6 thoughts on “An Abundance of Mangoes

  1. Oh yes I have the same love/allergy relationship with mango. Stacey’s right about the poison ivy chemical, which is what does it for me. If you’re really careful with the peels and try to keep them as separate from the fruit as possible it helps a lot. I don’t think I’ve had a reaction since I got OCD about peeling and washing everything. Mango is so delicious it’s worth it.

    • I’m glad I’m not alone in eating through the pain. I used to be better about washing the knife frequently while peeling them, but I guess I’ve fallen off the wagon. At least I’ve stopped using my teeth to clean every last edible bit from the peel – progress!

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