Mango Two Ways [and a giveaway with Whole Foods!]

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Happy Monday! Tiffany and I are so excited about today’s post! We’ve teamed up with Whole Foods to bring you two delicious mango recipes – one savory, one sweet.

Mango has quickly become one of my favorite warm weather ingredients. It’s incredibly versatile and works well in everything from smoothies to cocktails to the recipes we’re sharing today. Nothing says summer like the flavor of mango – and Mango + Shrimp Skewers and Mango, Rosemary + Ginger Shortbread Cookies are the perfect way to kick off the season.

Oh yeah – and did we mention Whole Foods is giving away a $75 gift card to one lucky offbeat + inspired reader? Check out the rest of the post for more info on how to enter!

Savory: Sarah’s Mango + Shrimp Skewers with Cilantro-Lime Toasts

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When Tiffany and I first started talking about this post, my mind immediately started thinking about savory recipes. With summer right around the corner, marinated shrimp grilled alongside sweet mango seemed like the perfect pair. Of course, everything is better with butter so I whipped up cilantro-lime butter for grilled toasts (and a little extra for serving with the shrimp).

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Mango + Shrimp Skewers
Yields 4 servings

2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 shallot, chopped
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup olive oil
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
3 ripe mangoes (I love the Ataulfo mango)
Wood or stainless steel grilling skewers (if using wood, soak them in water for 30 minutes before grilling)

Add the cilantro, lime juice, shallot, honey and olive oil to a small mixing bowl or zip-lock bag. Mix the ingredients well and then add shrimp. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or seal the zip-lock bag). Refrigerate for 1-4 hours.

Cut the mangoes into bit sized pieces. Be carefully not to cut the pieces too small, otherwise they’ll fall off the skewers while grilling. After the shrimp have marinated for a few hours, preheat the grill or a grill pan to high heat. Thread the shrimp and mango onto the skewers. Grill for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Transfer to platter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grilled toasts and extra cilantro-lime butter (see recipe below). Enjoy!

Cilantro-Lime Toasts

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño (seeds removed for less heat)
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Bread (use whatever type you prefer)

Add all ingredients, except the bread, to a food processor. Mix until smooth.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to high heat. Butter both sides of the bread. Grill each side of the bread for about 1-2 minutes, or until they become crisp and slightly browned. Serve with Mango + Shrimp Skewers and remaining cilantro-lime butter.

Sweet: Tiffany’s Mango, Rosemary + Ginger Shortbread Cookies

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Coming up with a “sweet” mango recipe was a lot of fun. Mangoes themselves are sugary with a delicious tang and a unique texture that can enhance a dish in so many ways. I paired freshly dried mango with warm ginger and piney rosemary to dress up a classic, buttery shortbread cookie. The result was an absolute success. Everyone I shared these cookies with loved them. The flavors went perfectly together! Whip up a batch of these for a spring or summer picnic and serve them with mango iced tea!

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Mango, Rosemary + Ginger Shortbread Cookies
Yields about 4 dozen cookies

1 mango, peeled and thinly sliced
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp dried rosemary (or 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped)
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

For Sprinkling:
2 tbsp dried rosemary (or 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped)
2 tbsp candied or crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F

Spread mango slices on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees F for 30 minutes. Flip the slices over and bake 30 minutes more on the other side until the pieces are mostly dry. Once cooled, coarsely chop the slices.

Turn the oven off and combine flour, salt, ground ginger and rosemary in a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until smooth, light and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating thoroughly between each addition. Mix in the vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat until fully incorporated. You shouldn’t see any flour at this point.

With a wooden spoon, stir the chopped mango into the cookie dough until evenly distributed.

Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface and scoop the cookie dough into the middle of it. I like to scoop in a log shape so it’s easier to form a tube. Gently form a long log with the dough, about 2 1/2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high. Roll the dough log into the parchment paper and twist off the ends to seal. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. You can also freeze the log at this stage if you plan on baking the cookies much later.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

After the cookies have chilled, unwrap the log and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices (or a little thicker). Place slices on a lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with the candied/crystallized ginger and rosemary that you set aside earlier. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown. Move to a cooling rack for 10 minutes before serving.

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Now for the giveaway!

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  1. I love to eat mangoes in smoothies 🙂

  2. I love mango salsas on savory dishes!

  3. mango salsa! grilled mangoes! mango sorbet!

  4. mango smoothies!

  5. Love mango! We use it so much in smoothies but I love it in salsa and have even enjoyed it in a stir-fry!

  6. Cheri Slaughter says:

    I love mangoes on the grill with a ginger honey drizzle….yum!

  7. Kelly D says:

    I enjoy Avocado-Mango Salsa with chips.

  8. The mango-shrimp skewers look delicious, as do the lime-cilantro toasts!

  9. Haley Hicks says:

    Ooh I will have to share the shrimp and mango skewer recipe with my Whole 30 Day Challenge friends! Perfect! Minus the honey and toast 😉 and we will look forward to indulging in those yummy cookies when we complete the challenge! Thanks!
    P.s. We always put cilantro mango salsa in our fish tacos! So good.

  10. Can’t wait to make the shortbread!

  11. Stephanie M. says:

    Both of these are going on my shopping list. My daughter loves everything mango, even more than I do!

  12. Mango salad and smoothie are the best.

  13. In salsa 🙂

  14. Heather says:

    Mango lassi with cardamom.

  15. My favorite is to make a mango pie, with uncooked mango, coconut and whipped cream! When I lived in a climate that mangoes were everywhere, I experimented with many new recipes – pie is still my fav!

  16. Ashley Bree Perez says:

    Do mangoes smoothies count?! I love them! 🙂 My email is It is always great to eat mangoes on a hot summer day!

  17. Erin R. says:

    I love mangos every way and any way! I love to just eat them, mango salsa, mango iced tea, mango anything! They’re delicious!!

  18. I am going to have and try both of these recipes!

  19. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    we eat them in smoothies – yummy

  20. I love mangos plain! But I also like mango salsa!

  21. I love mangos with vanilla bean ice cream!

  22. Liberty T. says:

    I love put frozen mangoes into my morning green smoothie.

  23. Thanks for this recipe! Mango lassi has historically been my favorite way to enjoy mangoes, but I may change my tune after tasting these delicious skewers.

  24. I love a good mango cucumber salsa over grilled chicken!

  25. Cara-Mia says:

    I’m half Mexican, so one of my favorite (not so healthy) ways to enjoy mango is with hot sauce and churritos. Yum. These recipes look really delicious though, I shall have to experiment some more.

  26. these pictures and recipes are so enticing. can’t wait to give them a spin!

  27. Colleen Boudreau says:

    Mango salsa!

  28. I actually love mangoes plain but I also enjoy them in smoothies especially with banana.

  29. Mangos are so great in smoothies, especially now, since it’s almost summer!

  30. I love to eat mangoes plain as is!

  31. Danielle says:

    I like mangoes in salad or in salsa.

  32. I actually use mangoes alot. I usually make a side dish that is mangoes, red onion, cilantro, red peppers with rice vinegar and a little sugar. it is sooooo good! kinda like a salsa.

  33. eaten over the sink!

  34. I love mangoes in smoothies!

  35. i usually eat mangos as they are–and can never stop the juice from trickling down my chin 🙂

  36. looks so delicious!!

  37. looks so delicious! i usually just eat mangoes plain or in salsa, but these recipes look great!

  38. Straight up – by themselves. Cut and fresh!

    (Found you off googling for a cacao smoothie recipe.)

  39. Love mangos! I eat them by themselves, in a cheesecake, or Jell-O 🙂

  40. I love mango salsa or just plain as a basic fruit.

  41. I can’t wait to try these recipes!

  42. I love mangoes straight off the tree! There is nothing better than eating a sun warmed mango, fresh off the tree with the juices dripping off the end of your chin and then a quick dip in the pool! Oh of the few times I miss south Florida!

  43. I love mangos in a cool summer smoothie!

  44. Susan DeVaux says:

    in cottage cheese 🙂

  45. Brittany Estridge says:

    Mango salsa!

  46. I LOVE mango smoothies!

  47. Cubed and sprinkled atop a green salad!

  48. goodness yes, to the giveaway…and those shortbread cookies are happening soon!

  49. amanda whiltey says:

    i like mango in my smoothies.

  50. I love mango everything! These shrimp skewers are going to the top of my summer recipe list!!

  51. These look delicious! mango adds such a great flavor!

  52. Christine says:

    I love eating mangos fresh with some star fruit and berries!

  53. Mango salsa, on some fish tacos… yumm!

  54. Honestly, mangoes don’t last long enough in my house to do anything with but eat straight! I love eating them with some creamy yogurt, or making a spicy salsa. SO trying those skewers!

  55. It’s hard to choose a favorite way. But i would say my favorite way to enjoy mangoes is just slicing them up, sitting in the sun in the backyard, listening to some music. 🙂

  56. Winnie Wang says:

    I love mangoes with condensed milk are with chili powder!

  57. Mmmm, the flavors of mango truly call summer to me. Reminds me of my honeymoon in panama

  58. My favorite way to have mangoes are in shakes!

  59. Just love eating mango fresh from peeling in the summertime. They are delicious!

  60. I cannot wait to try these shortbread cookies! I really dislike mango, but a cookie might change my mind!!!

  61. Mango salsa all the way!

  62. I love to eat mangoes on their own, in a fruit salad, and ,off course in my smoothies. Super delicious and nutritious:)

  63. My partner is a ‘pescatarian’ and we are both in love with anything shrimp. I’m so excited to try these this summer while we are grilling on his roof in Brooklyn! Both recipes are perfect BBQ ideas. Can’t wait!

  64. meredith says:

    I like to make yummy mango lassis

  65. AlexisB says:

    In smoothies!

  66. Geez those shrimp kabobs look good!

  67. Camille J says:

    Oh my, the shrimp mango skewers look fabulous! And I do love mango sorbet.

  68. Those cookies look awesome, it’s such a unique combo!

  69. I love fresh mango all by itself

  70. Fresh peeled and cut mango is the best!

  71. Jeweli Oatley says:


  72. Susan Davis says:

    I went to Haiti last summer and I learned that you just haven’t lived until you have a ripe mango off the tree. Love mangos!

  73. Yay! Yum!

  74. Mango salsa with black bean chips!!

  75. Brittany Kirby says:

    My favorite way to eat mangos is fresh, cubed and tossed with bee pollen, coconut, goji berries and a drizzle of agave.

  76. I love eating mangoes as they are! Nothing beats a fresh ripe mango. They’re also amazing in smoothies with frozen pineapple and coconut milk.

  77. Looking forward to trying these recipes!

  78. Tena Meinerts says:

    Nothing like free food to ensure a poor college student is eating enough to survive. Plus mangos are so good!

  79. Mangoes are one of my favorite summer fruits! Growing up in Texas, I ate them all the time! Sprinkle some chili powder on top for a quick snack! And they make he best salsas!

    I love you ladies!


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