The pros: Trader Joe’s Sweet and Spicy Mango Vinaigrette is seasonal.
The cons: If the name were honest, it would be sweet and cilantro-y. Would make for a better marinade than actual dressing.
I like fruit flavors. Even in salad. I’m pretty sure that when I had the Melting Pot’s Strawberry Salad it was a bit of a revelation to me.
Fruit and salad work.
But in terms of salad, this dressing just did not work for me. And it’s not a bad product.
If the name were more accurate it would read Sweet Mango and Cilantro Vinaigrette. Because the two dominant flavors were mango and cilantro.
This dressing just never departed from being sweet. Beyond mango being the second ingredient, sugar was the fourth. I was hoping for some type of kick that just did not come through here.
Now, there is another odd detail here. It lists suggested uses, but salad is actually the last suggestion. Suggestions for using this include: noodle salad, dipping sauce for pork or chicken, or lastly salad (with chicken).
So it would appear that this is a better compliment for a protein than lettuce.
After a few bites of the salad I had, I’m very inclined to agree. It seems to be less vinaigrette and more marinade or dipping sauce.
So if you have a great use for this, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section. It was too cloyingly sweet as a dressing. The cilantro and acidity levels were nice.
For $3.49 whether or not you like this will depend on how you use it. I’d recommend pairing this with a protein to cut through the sweetness. I wasn’t wild enough about to try it on anything else.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bottle of Trader Joe’s Sweet and Spicy Mango Vinaigrette:
The nutritional information:
Mixed into a salad and I had this:
Would I buy this again? No, I would not buy Trader Joe’s Sweet and Spicy Mango Vinaigrette again, unless there are some inspiring recipe suggestions in the comments section.
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