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Photograph by Emma Fishman, food styling by Pearl Jones, prop styling by Stephanie Yeh2/31

Coconut-Mango-Lime Barfi

One bowl, no-bake, and make-ahead-friendly? This South Asian dessert is all that—and chewy, tangy, and fruity too.

Photograph by Eva Kolenko. Food styling by Susie Theodorou. Set design by Kira Corbin. On set producer: Jennifer Thomas3/31

Mango and Avocado Salad

Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Susie Theodorou and Natasha Pickowicz, prop styling by Rebecca Bartoshesky4/31

Vanilla Layer Cake with Mango Curd

This showstopping tequila-soaked vanilla cake has a sweet mango curd filling that’s set with gelatin so that it doesn’t ooze out when you cut.

Photograph by Heami Lee, food styling by Frances Boswell, prop styling by Sophie Strangio5/31

Sweet and Salty Mango Lassi

This cooling Indian yogurt drink with mango and cumin strikes the right balance of sweet and savory. Chef Preeti Mistry recommends adding a splash of white rum “if that’s your thing.”

Photo by Rick Martinez6/31

Caramelized Plantain Parfait

Pair sliced, spoon-tender fresh mango with caramelized plantains and creamy yogurt for a satisfying dessert that doesn’t feel too heavy.

Photo by Alex Lau7/31

Tropi-Cobb Salad

This twist on an old favorite has mango, buttery avocado, curry-spiced chicken, and tart cherry tomatoes. A bright lime dressing brings it all together.

Photo by Emma Fishman, food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich 8/31


The Filipino dessert layers shaved ice and condensed milk on top of all sorts of texturally contrasting ingredients for a deliciously chewy, crunchy, creamy, sticky, and refreshing result. Watch how it’s made.

Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Chris Morocco and Tom Cunanan, prop styling by Elizabeth Jaime10/31

Tomato and Mango Salad in Aguachile

Aguachile is the spicy relative of ceviche that leans heavily on chiles for heat and lime juice for acidity. Here, hearts of palm, mango, and tomatoes replace the traditional raw shrimp.

Photo by Alex Lau11/31

Fruit Sandwiches

Mango stars in these snacky little sandwiches (a.k.a. fruit sandos), the delightfully squishy Japanese dessert we can’t get enough of.

Photo by Alex Lau, Food Styling by Rebecca Jurkevich, Prop Styling by Kalen Kaminski12/31

CBD Mango Smoothie

The mangoes and turmeric in this pick-me-up contain vitamins and antioxidants that are said to help brighten dull skin.

Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Susie Theodorou, prop styling by Aneta Florczyk13/31

Honeydew, Jicama, and Mango Salad

Don’t worry about removing all of the melon seeds in this take on the popular Mexican street snack—they’re edible and add a little crunch.

Photograph by Emma Fishman, food styling by D’mytrek Brown14/31

Pistachio and Mango Sans Rival

Fruity and nutty, creamy and crispy, this Filipino sans rival (that’s “unrivaled” in French) is the most beautiful dessert you’ll make this year.

Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich, prop styling by Amy Wilson15/31

Grilled Spiced Snapper with Mango and Red Onion Salad

Make this lime- and cilantro-dressed mango salad to spoon over a whole grilled fish and you’ll be tempted to make it again the next weekend to spoon over roasted chicken, a pan-seared pork chop, or simple bowl of steamed rice.

Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Molly Baz, prop styling by Emily Eisen16/31

Beauty-Food Mango Slushy

Mangoes are packed with vitamins C and A, both of which provide major skin-brightening benefits. Lime and chile keep this slushy spicy and bright.

Peden + Munk18/31

Rice Pudding with Ginger, Amaranth, and Mango

Ginger adds bright, zingy flavor to this coconut rice pudding; the crunchy, seedy topping lends a welcome texture contrast.

Kimberley Hasselbrink20/31

Greek Yogurt with Spiced Pepita and Cashew Crunch and Mango

A garam masala–spiced mix of nuts and seeds brings life to this easy mango breakfast. If you don’t do dairy, a coconut- or cashew-milk yogurt would be ideal.

Photo by Alex Lau21/31

Red Snapper and Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado

This dynamic mix of avocados, mango, hearts of palm, piquillo peppers, and rock shrimp comes from Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.


Mango-Chile Ice

We modeled this simple mango sorbet-esque dessert on a favorite paleta, or Mexican ice pop. You won’t need an ice cream maker, but do plan ahead so that you have time to purée the mixture in a food processor three separate times for the smoothest texture.

Photo by Alex Lau, Styling by Andy Baraghani23/31

Vitamin C Superfruit Salad

Feeling under the weather? This superfruit salad will give you the perfect jolt of vitamins you need to get on the path to recovery.

Christina Holmes24/31

Mango, Berry & Banana Smoothie

Using frozen diced mango is key to this smoothie recipe. It keeps everything else cold—plus frozen fruit is always “in season.”

Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Susie Theodorou, prop styling by Sophie Strangio25/31

Tropical Trifle With Coconut and Rum

This creamy mango dessert features a coconut–chia seed pudding and a rum-soaked combo of fresh fruit (we went with mangoes, bananas, and star fruit, but you could sub in passionfruit, pineapple, kiwi, or whatever tropical fruits you can get your hands on).

Photo by Alex Lau, styling by Judy Mancini26/31

Sticky Rice with Coconut and Mango

For this riff on Thai Khao Niaow Ma Muang, you’ll soak sticky rice overnight in coconut milk, then steam it in a saucepan instead of the traditional bamboo steamer.

Vincent Cross27/31

Spicy-Sweet Chile Mango Sundae

Grab a pint of mango ice cream or sorbet to make these Mexican-inspired sundaes, which are topped with a syrup of honey, hot sauce, and lime. (Pour in a little tequila and suddenly you’ll have a frozen mango margarita-ish situation.)

Marcus Nilsson28/31

Green Mango Salad

This Thai salad should be crunchy, fresh, spicy, sour, and a little bit funky. Taste as you go and adjust as needed.

Peden + Munk30/31

Tropical Carrot, Ginger, and Turmeric Smoothie

A pinch of salt makes everything taste better—including savory smoothies, like this one which also gets coconut water, mango, and a whole orange.

Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott31/31

Mango-Lime Curd

This tangy, versatile curd is truly one of our best mango recipes. Use it to fill a layer cake or meringue pie. Layer with whipped cream in a parfait glass. Or, you know, just dip shortbread cookies into it.