Spicy Mango Pesto Sauce

This delightful variation on traditional pesto calls for mango, which adds moisture, so little oil is needed. It can be combined with almost any main course, especially pasta and grilled fish, or used as a dip for vegetables and chips. If you like it spicier, leave in the jalapeno seeds. Get more of our favorite farmers' market recipes:Vegetable SalsaGrilled Burgers with Garden VegetablesCucumber-Mint Berry SaladGreen Beans with Golden Raisins

  • Yield: Makes about 1 3/4 cups
Spicy Mango Pesto Sauce

Photography: Matthew Hranek

Source: Body+Soul, September 2005


  • Juice from one fresh lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups basil leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 cup fresh mango, chopped
  • 1 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, quartered and seeded
  • Salt, to taste
  • Rice milk, optional


  1. Combine lemon juice, oil, basil, mango, pine nuts, garlic, and jalapeno in a blender or food processor. Blend until basil is finely chopped.

  2. Add salt and stir to blend. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It will last up to three days. If you like your pesto a bit thinner, stir in a little rice milk.


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