Mango Slaw

I suppose I’m on a bit of a mango- kick since my last post involved mangos too.  Oh heck, who am I kidding?  I’m always on a mango- kick.  Mangos are big in our house.  As long as they are ripe and juicy, we slice them up and gobble them up quite often around here.  They are also terrific when sliced up and tossed with a little shredded cabbage to create a simple Mango Slaw.

The dressing is slightly sweet- sweetened only with mango nectar and combined with rice vinegar and a small amount of oil.  The fresh mango lends more sweetness to the slaw.  If it were up to me though, I’d double the mango and make it full o’ mangos.  If you’re a mango fanatic, you may consider doing that.

Mangos are a funny fruit though.  Like many fruits, they must be ripe in order to really be effectively wonderful- they should give slightly to a gentle squeeze and have a sweet scent to them near the stem.  I always buy mangos a couple of days ahead of when I need to use them in a recipe and let them sit on the counter to fully ripen.  And it’s really helpful if you have some knowledge about how to properly cut a mango.  Cookin’ Canuck wrote up a great tutorial on how to cut a mango- so check that out!

We totally enjoyed our mango slaw on its own.  But we also enjoyed it as a condiment on these Balsamic- Mango Marinated Chicken Sandwiches with Avocado and Mango Slaw.  The chicken recipe was featured in my last post.  All of it put together in a sandwich with a little smear of mayo was pretty darn amazing.

And good news all around for everyone on this slaw recipe:  It happens to be dairy-free and gluten-free, and I’ve included nutritional information and Weight Watcher’s Points in the recipe below!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  May your weather be warm and may you get a chance to bust out those grills!

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Mango Slaw

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 min


1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup mango nectar (see *Tips below)
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (don't use olive oil)
1 small head of cabbage, finely shredded (10 to 12 cups)
1 large mango, peeled, pitted and chopped or cut into matchsticks
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro for garnish, optional


1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mango nectar and oil.

2. Place the cabbage and mango in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss to combine. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving. Toss again just before serving to reincorporate the dressing that has sunk to the bottom of the bowl. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.


*Mango Nectar can be found in your market's juice aisle- Kern's is the brand that I use. It comes in a can (like a soda can).

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 2 cups
Calories per serving: 100
Fat per serving: 2.8g
Saturated Fat per serving: .4g
Sugar per serving: 10.4g
Fiber per serving: 3.7g
Protein per serving: 2.2g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 19g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 3 Old Points Program: 1

Source: (very loosely based on Mango Slaw seen in Everyday Food June 2012)

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32 Responses to “Mango Slaw”

  1. 1

    Blog is the New Black — May 25, 2012 @ 4:51 AM

    I love recipes for slaw that don’t use mayo!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 25, 2012 @ 5:04 AM

    Put mango in anything and I am a fan, this dish is no exception, this would be perfect fr a barbecue party!

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    Katrina — May 25, 2012 @ 5:20 AM

    Mmm so tasty looking! Love this idea!

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    Jenny Flake — May 25, 2012 @ 6:23 AM

    Oooo, I bet this is so great on burgers and sammy’s! Love it Lori!

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    Maria — May 25, 2012 @ 6:27 AM

    I love mangoes! Gorgeous slaw!

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    Lauren — May 25, 2012 @ 6:40 AM

    This sounds so yummy! Especially on that burger!

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — May 25, 2012 @ 6:41 AM

    Annnd another reason I have to get mango nectar!! :)

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    Mariela — May 25, 2012 @ 7:15 AM

    Yummy!! love mangoes!! Me encantan los mangos!!

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    Nancy S — May 25, 2012 @ 8:04 AM

    Sounds delish. Went to the store yesterday and they did not carry Kern”s Mango juice!

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    Lori Lange — May 25, 2012 @ 8:17 AM

    What?! That’s awful. It’s in all of the stores where I live in the juice aisle (mango nectar… they make other flavors too). Goya is another popular brand- found in the Latin products aisle. Hope you can find it!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — May 25, 2012 @ 8:30 AM

    Oh, this looks so perfect as a burger topping! Mangos are just such a gorgeous colour.

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    Cassie — May 25, 2012 @ 8:33 AM

    Nothing wrong with multiple posts involving mango. I love, love this Lori!!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 25, 2012 @ 9:26 AM

    I love mango anything! And I am a huge cole slaw fan…great combo, Lori!

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    Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — May 25, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

    Love this. I’m currently obsessed with slaws and I love mango. Perfect combination.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — May 25, 2012 @ 11:21 AM

    This looks SO good, Lori! What a great idea! So fresh!

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    Susie — May 25, 2012 @ 5:00 PM

    That looks delicious. I’m going to make some this weekend!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 26, 2012 @ 6:56 AM

    Oh yummy! I would love mango slaw!!!

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    Liz @ Virtually Homemade — May 26, 2012 @ 7:50 AM

    Slaw is such a great condiment, in any form it takes. This one, with a touch of sweet mango, looks great!

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    Mindful Eater — May 26, 2012 @ 3:00 PM

    I love cooking with mangoes but up here in Canada they have to be shipped half-way across the globe. I hate to buy things that have been transported so far. Someone needs to discover a cold-tolerant mango tree!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 26, 2012 @ 6:47 PM

    What a fun way to use mango. They have been on sale lately, I need to take advantage!

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    shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — May 26, 2012 @ 10:13 PM

    That sandwich looks awesome! I need to make that mango slaw, I have just sliced up some mango that is begging to be used!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 27, 2012 @ 2:25 AM

    I’m a huge mango lover so this slaw is just screaming my name. And that sandwich with the slaw looks AH-MAZING!

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    Cookin' Canuck — May 27, 2012 @ 6:36 AM

    I love the idea of piling this slaw onto a bun with your marinated chicken! Thank you for the link to my How to post.

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    Ashley@BakerByNature — May 27, 2012 @ 2:21 PM

    I can’t wait till my mangos are ripe enough to make this!

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    Michelle — May 27, 2012 @ 11:46 PM

    I made the mango slaw tonight. I thought it was pretty good . . I think it would be GREAT with fish tacos! I think i’m going to do that with the left overs!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 28, 2012 @ 7:39 AM

    Love the look of your mango slaw on those chicken sandwiches, Lori! You’ve got me drooling over here! Wonderful, fresh springtime recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Delishhh — May 28, 2012 @ 1:40 PM

    Love mango and i have just been trying it out with some food, i make this awesome Mango gazpacho that is fantastic. Great recipe!

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    Sanjeeta kk — May 29, 2012 @ 12:44 AM

    And mango slaw it is today on my menu, for a die hard mango maniac. Lovely!

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    Deb — May 29, 2012 @ 9:42 AM

    I made the Mango Slaw for Memorial Day, serving it alongside spicy chicken sliders on homemade buns. It was a hit! I added some thinly sliced red onion and finely chopped cilantro, salt & pepper. The slaw was refreshing and full of flavor without the usual overly rich, traditional slaw dressing. This recipe is a “keeper”!

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    Annalise — May 27, 2013 @ 1:36 PM

    I love this vegan coleslaw recipe. The mango in it is so refreshing. It has become a family favorite. Thank you!

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    Barry — May 14, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

    I was wondering why you would say don’t use olive oil in the ingredients and then it says “whisk together the vinegar, mango nectar and olive oil” in the directions. A good quality extra virgin olive oil would be great in this recipe…just don’t overdo it!

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    Lori Lange — May 14, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

    oops, shouldn’t have called out olive oil, so that was an error- fixed! I don’t care for olive oil in a sweet, Asain sort of dressing like this because I feel like the flavor is too strong. If you prefer it, then go for it!