Cucumber Mango Salad With Cayenne Dressing

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During the summer months, it seems fitting to indulge in a spicy and sweet symphony of flavor that simultaneously refreshes the palate. Even though the ingredients, flavors, and textures are diverse, they somehow form a beautiful marriage to satisfy you taste buds. Not only is this simple cucumber mango salad a tantalizing treat, but it also provides you with essential vitamins and minerals. Each bite packs a healthy dose of vitamin C and other antioxidants that help boost immune function!

Don’t be afraid of the spicy cayenne dressing, which awakens your senses. The capsaicin in cayenne helps to get your metabolism firing on all cylinders and helps to encourage healthy circulation. Don’t be afraid that the hot cayenne because it will not cause you to overheat. Cucumber’s cooling crunch provides a pleasant respite from the intense summer heat. Researchers have also noted that some nutrients in mangos may help soothe lingering stress or anxiety. Is this a salad or a bowl of health benefits?

The great thing about a salad is that it does not have to contain lettuce or other traditional “salad” ingredients. You can make a salad your own with the ingredients you have on hand. That’s how this recipe came to be! Use what you have and the possibilities are endless. You may just surprise yourself with an incredible creation that becomes a staple recipe in your rotation.

Cucumber Mango Salad With Cayenne Dressing
  • Prep Time:10m
  • Total Time:10m


For the Dressing

  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne powder

For the Salad

  • 2 mangos, peeled, and cubed
  • 1 English cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 c basil or mint, torn


For the Dressing

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients and taste to test the level of spice. If you think you can handle more heat, add another dash or two of the cayenne.
  2. Set aside while you prepare the salad.

For the Salad

  1. Add the cucumber and mango to a medium-sized salad bowl and toss gently to combine.
  2. Add the basil or mint and then drizzle the dressing in the bowl. Toss gently to coat all of the ingredients. Serve and enjoy.
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