After the drooling drip cake recipe, are you looking for some refreshing meal ideas to cool you down this summer? Well, you’ve come to the right place! One great thing about summer is an abundance of juicy ripe mangoes ready to be eaten. Here is a list of five yummy mango recipe ideas perfect to make your own ice cold treat.
1. Mango Cheesecake
Ah, what a better way to start off this list than with cheesecake! This kind of dessert is best served chilled from your refrigerator on a hot summer evening. Although, relatively straightforward to make, it’s important to follow the recipe closely to avoid making mistakes.
To make sure you’re on the right track follow the Spruce’s advice to make your perfect cheesecake every time. When you are ready to tackle this kind of dish try Recipetineats super beginner friendly Mango cheesecake.
For the more kitchen savvy among us give Tasty.com Mango and Lime baked cheesecake a try. I promise you won’t regret it!
2. Mango ice tea
Mango juice and tea? You might think these two ingredients are poles apart but add a few ice blocks, stir it all together and voila you have a refreshingly easy summer drink! The beauty of ice tea is you can really play around with your flavourings.
The essential things you’ll need for this recipe are juiced mango, black tea bags such as English Breakfast, a complimentary fruit such as raspberries, fresh water, a dash of sugar and some garnish for example mint. To get you started, try Dinner at the Zoo mango and raspberry ice tea by Sara Welch.
And guess what?, the sky’s the limit with your own versions of this timeless summer drink.
3. Mango salad
Have you not thought to try mango in your summer salads? You are missing out! Mango is the perfect companion to a light summer salad. Coming in at under 100 calories per serving size according to Mango.org it is a healthy addition to your food choices.
Some great pairings to try are Lettuce, Avocado and Mango salad by Taste.com or Purple cabbage, red onion, Mango and lemon juice by Feasting at Home.
If you want to take your salad up a notch try grilling your mango slices before you serve them for a smoky sweet taste.
4. Mango smoothie
What is a smoothie you may ask? It’s simple: put frozen mango cubes, your favourite yogurt or juice, some ice cubes and blend it all together. When can you eat it? All day, every day. You can really pack in all your essential nutrients and vitamins with a smoothie but be careful to mind the sugar content of your ingredients.
For example, choose full fat plain yogurt over sweetened yogurt as these usually contain additional hidden sugars.
To get the best out of your summer day give Cleveland Clinic’s energy boosting Mango and strawberry sweetheart smoothie recipe a try.
5. Mango sorbet
Unlike, it’s cool cousin ice-cream, sorbet contains zero dairy which makes it a great alternative for vegans and lactose-intolerant people. Quite simply all you need to make sorbet is some ripe mangos, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
However, despite the simple ingredients the technique takes a bit of practice to develop the right consistency. Max Falkowitz for Serious Eats provides an insightful break-down for those of you unfamiliar with sorbet making.
After reading this, who knows maybe you’ll open up your own sorbet factory? In the meantime here is Elise Bauer’s lime mango sorbet for Simply Recipes. Go on cool down your taste buds with your own frozen creations!
To end off this list here are some general tips to find the perfect mango for your recipes.
- Skin: A good mango will always have an even skin tone with few markings. However, the colour of a mango is not an indicator of it’s ripeness so be careful.
- Firmness: If you gently touch the skin of a mango a ripe mango will be easier to press in. Some people might prefer more of a “green” or unripe mango as these have a sharper taste.
- Smell: You can judge the ripeness of a mango by the scent it gives off close to it’s stem end. The riper a mango the sweeter it will taste so bare this in mind when using it in your dishes.
- Type: Depending on which part of the world you live in you can find mangoes all year round. Some popular breeds of mango are Honey, Francis, Haden, Keitt, Kent and Tommy Atkins all with their own unique taste.
Whether you peel, chop, fry or grill your mangoes there’s no limit to the kinds of dishes you can make. If you are curious about more ways to use up your mangoes try mango.org 50 best and delicious mango recipe ideas. Here are some more Indian recipes to calm your cravings during quarantine.
If you feel inspired after reading this, we would love to hear back from you. Share your creations on our social media channels and show us how mangoes kept you cool this summer!