Here’s a really simple fruit dressing to make in no time. It blends up with a similar texture as applesauce, but the flavor is far better than the typical applesauce. It is naturally sweet-tart and has a greater depth of flavor than applesauce. Yet, it can be used in place of applesauce in most applications. If you need it a little thicker, simply add the optional ground flax seed and that will naturally thicken it. Below is the recipe along with ideas on how to use this simple fruit dressing. Videos are included so you can see how it’s made and how to use it.
Mango-Raspberry Fruit Dressing
Makes About 1 Cup
1 cup mango cubes, fresh or frozen and thawed (About 1 medium mango)
1/4 cup raspberries (fresh, or frozen and thawed)
1 Clementine orange
1 Tbsp ground golden flax seed (optional)*
Peel and cube one fresh mango (if using frozen mango cubes, allow them to thaw before blending). Peel the Clementine orange and remove the pith that is in the center of the orange. Slice the orange pieces in half. Combine all ingredients in a small blender or food processor, and process until smooth. If you need more dressing, simply double or triple the recipe, as needed. Use immediately. Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator and use within 3 days. This may also be frozen.
*(Note: If you prefer a sweeter dressing, feel free to add sweetener of your choice. If you need a thicker dressing, add 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds when blending ingredients.)
Easy Ideas for Using this Dressing…
* Drizzle it over a fruit salad using any fruit of your choice. Fruit that would go especially well with this dressing includes: apples, bananas, berries, citrus fruits, grapes, mango, melons, peaches, pears, pineapple, tangerines, and watermelon.
* Swirl it into yogurt.
* Add it to a smoothie.
* Use it as an ice cream topping.
* Eat it as-is for a dessert or snack.
* Use it in place of applesauce.
* Partially freeze it into a sorbet.
* Drizzle it on cake.
* Top pancakes or waffles with this dressing.
* Use it as a cheesecake topping.
* Serve it chunky or smooth, slightly warmed or chilled.
* Serve it slightly warm over pork, poultry or fish.
* Swirl it into softened cream cheese or nut butter and spread the mixture on toast, a bagel, or into a sandwich.
* Serve it as a dip on a fruit and cheese tray. If desired, thicken it by adding up to 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds when blending the ingredients.
* Use it as a topping for pudding.
* Top porridge (like cooked oatmeal) with this dressing to add a fruity flavor to your hot breakfast.
* Add it to a parfait, layering yogurt or pudding with this dressing, assorted fruit, and even granola.
* Here a video on a simple fruit salad made with this dressing…
Fruit Salad with Mango-Raspberry Fruit Dressing
Fruit options that go well with this dressing:
Apples, bananas, berries of all types, citrus fruits, grapes, mango, melons, peaches, pears, pineapple, tangerines, and watermelon
Mango-Raspberry Fruit Dressing (Makes about 1 cup):
See the recipe above
To make the salad:
Make the fruit dressing. For drizzling over a fruit salad, the optional added ground flax seed is not needed. Cut up as much fruit as you need and arrange it on a platter or in a serving bowl. With a spoon, drizzle the prepared dressing over the salad. Extra dressing can also be served on the side. Enjoy!
Julia W. Klee (Judi) began her journey enjoying “all things food” in elementary school when she started preparing meals for her family. That love of food blossomed into a quest to learn more and more about health and wellness as related to nutrition. She went on to earn a BS Degree in Food and Nutrition, then an MS Degree in Nutrition. She has taught nutrition and related courses at the college level to pre-nursing and exercise science students. Her hunger to learn didn’t stop upon graduation from college. She continues to research on a regular basis about nutrition as it relates to health. Her hope is to help as many people as possible to enjoy foods that promote health and wellness.