Mango Pesto

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Admittedly, I have a pesto obsession (see here, here & here).

Adding mango wasn’t something that ever occurred to me, but I’ve been trying to think of simple creative ways to use mango. (And no this isn’t another Arrested Development post, if you know what I mean. If you don’t, you can google it)…

But mango pesto – so delicious, who knew? I just love this lighter and brighter twist, especially for summer. You can be healthy, like we were, and eat it as a snack with sliced cucumbers. Or you can do what we did with the leftovers – scoop it on top of quesadillas with melty, smoky cheese. It’d also be a great addition to whatever you might be grilling up over the weekend!


This post is part 2 of my Mangover series for The National Mango Board. Log on to their facebook page if you’d like to suggest a recipe idea for me to make next time!

mango pesto

  • 1.5 packed cups of fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts, plus extra to go on top
  • ⅓ cup diced mango
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • sliced cucumbers, for serving
  1. In a small food processor, place the basil, garlic, pine nuts, HALF the mango, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until everything is incorporated. Add the olive oil and pulse a few more times. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  2. Pour the pesto into a small bowl and stir in the remaining diced mango, extra pine nuts, and a few pinches of red pepper flakes.
  3. Serve with sliced cucumbers or crostini


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  1. Sara Smith from

    So enough details to follow to make the mango pesto.
    Thanks for helpful post!

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe it’s delicious..I love your recipes, the pictures to go along with the step by step instructions are great.

  3. Amy from

    I’m simultaneously very dubious of and incredibly excited about mixing basil and mango. I love them both but my mind can’t quite figure out how they’ll taste together — which I suppose just means I need to try it!

  4. I LOVE mango! It has to be the most delicious fruit out there! I also happen to love pesto, and combining the two seems like the perfect treat! Such a inventive dish!! A must try, for sure 🙂

  5. Kasey from

    I have just recently rediscovered pesto but this, this is blowing my mind. Mango? YES!

  6. ha I am with you girl. Serious pesto obsession over here too. I actually posted another one today 😉 This looks soo amazing though, I never would have thought to add fruit to a pesto. You are brilliant!

    • jeanine

      Me either – I was trying to come up with a sauce using mango that wasn’t salsa or chutney when I stumbled into this combo 🙂

  7. Maria from

    Love this! Perfect summer pesto!

  8. lindsey from

    never would have thought of this combo. thanks for the awesome idea!

  9. Tieghan from

    This is genius!! I am chopping down on a delicious mango now! I love mango and with pesto!! Just wow! That sounds incredible!

  10. Alicia from

    What a novel idea! Wow

  11. Oh, YUM. I’m a bit of a pest freak too and mangos sound like an incredible addition…

  12. This is so beautiful! Sounds amazing too – love that you put it on cucumbers. How healthy of you! Happy Memorial Day weekend to you and your hubby!

  13. Oh wow this sounds gorgeous!!! Totally pinning! I’m madly in love with mangos at the moment, possibly my favourite fruit when you get a good one! 🙂

  14. Wow – what a great idea! I just made a fresh mango chutney that I added to some mung beans, but this takes the cake. Yum! 🙂

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