Mango-Cucumber Salad with Cayenne Dressing and Lime Basil Recipe

5 from 9 reviews

This is a great picnic salad because you can make it up to 1 hour in advance and it won’t wilt. If you are worried about the basil turning brown, you can slice it, wrap it in a damp paper towel then stick that in a resealable plastic bag or wrapped in some plastic wrap. Then toss it into the salad right before serving.



For the Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne powder (you can add more or less depending on your tastes)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the salad:

  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled, pit removed and sliced into strips
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and cut into strips
  • 1 small bunch lime basil (or regular basil), thinly sliced


  1. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl with the dressing and toss to combine. Taste and add more lime juice or salt if desired.