Grilled Mango

Every night this week has felt pretty much like summer and with the crazy long daylight hours that we have in Indiana, we have been spending plenty of evenings in our outdoor living room, or, during our first summer here, our only living room.
The first summer that we lived in our house, we had no furniture. Well, that isn’t completely accurate, all of our furniture was in our garage while we spent countless hours installing hardwood flooring. It was one of those Murphy’s Law projects that should have been done in a week or two, but in reality took about six months.
When we first bought our house, we  didn’t plan to change the floor at all, but almost immediately we realized that the carpeting smelled awful. Even after shampooing and deodorizing, the smell was completely overpowering. It quickly became apparent that our floor had been doubling for a litter box.


No problem, just tear out the carpet and nail down hardwood, right? Riiiight. That’s what we thought this first day when we had our flooring “breathing” to adjust to the humidity.

In reality, we had to chip away sections of tile floor, pry up soggy particle board, removed sweet 1970’s parque, remove a few hundred square feet of perfectly good hardwood, then finally, after numerous trips to the dump, we could…

…wait for it…

…install and level plywood. You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you? Did I mention that I was still working in Memphis five days per week?

Chris did his best to work on the floor while I was gone, but between that project and our massive lawn to mow, it was a Herculean juggling act. As summer came to a close and it began to get too chilly for me to appreciate the comfort of our outdoor living room, we were finally able to move into our house for real.

We still like to relax on our back porch, and while I don’t think we will ever again do so with the frequency that we did that summer, I still enjoy grilling extravaganzas like the one we had last Sunday. 

Sunday’s all-grill dinner was topped off with none other than a grilled dessert. I’m a huge fan of grilled fruit and this may be my favorite. It had the sweetness of dried fruit, but was juicy like the real deal. An added bonus is that Chris, our house grill master, does the cooking when I come up with (almost) all-grill dinners.

Adapted from Skinny Chef.


  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp adobo paste from canned chipotles in adobo
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe mangos, peeled, cut into 1-inch thick slices


  • Heat balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan, boil for several minutes until in reduces by half.
  • Mix in olive oil, adobo paste, and salt.
  • Marinate the mango slices in the balsamic sauce for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • Heat a grill over medium-high heat.
  • Grill the mango in a grill basket, turning once, until browned and slightly softened, about 5 minutes total.
  • Serve warm or cold, it is excellent both ways.

Servings ~ 4
Calories ~113 , Fat ~ 3.7g, Carbohydrates ~ 21.6g, Protein ~ 0.5g

  1. Oh gosh, laying hard wood and tile…two home improvement jobs worth paying every penny for someone else to do. I really like the colors you chose for the interior.

    Sweet and savory…the mango combo sounds great. I love grill season. It’s so easy to throw together a tasty meal.

    • Brit said:

      Thanks! I can’t take credit though. The lady who lived in our house before us was a graphic designer, she was the one with the great eye for color. We really appreciate that she painted because she was much more creative than we would have been.

      Agree about hiring someone for the wood floor. I think we might have if we weren’t so house poor at the time.

  2. At least the flooring is beautiful.

    And the story is good; outdoor living room is one of those things you look back on a long time from now and wonder why you didn’t do more.

    • Brit said:

      That is so true. It is one of those summers that we will never forget. A lot of the ordinary ones blend together, but the really strange summers stick out. The summer before the floor was spent in New York with an air mattress as a bed and a second air mattress as our “sofa”. Haha. It was trying at times, but I would never change it.

  3. Don’t most house projects end up taking at least 2 weeks longer than planned?!

    That grilled mango looks awesome!

    • Brit said:

      Always longer than planned. I’m glad it isn’t just us! We have a few overachieving friends who seem to bust through like 20 projects in the time that it takes for us to muster up the courage to try one more.

  4. Jena said:

    I hate all things home improvement. Yah, I know we built a house and all but there is still stuff to do…like knobs for our cabinets and drawers. I’ve lived in our house for a year @ the end of this month and we still don’t have knobs on our cabinets/drawers. They aren’t even easy to open w/o them. It’s a huge PITA.. but I can’t/won’t make the time to actually look for some. pure lazy.

    I don’t know about mango. It’s one of those things that I only like it certain ways. like in gum, or an alcoholic beverage. lol. or maybe a smoothie. I think the texture freaks me out.

    • Brit said:

      You guys are nuts actually building the house yourselves! I think we would be homeless if we tried to do that. 😉

  5. Lisa said:

    But at least you eventually finished your project. 🙂 We’ve been slowly trying to work on our house for the past almost 3 years, but I think we’ve decided working on the yard is our best bet. The standing joke now is that our house needs a bulldozer… I guess we shall see.

    My H always gets like a whole crate of mango every time we’re at Sam’s Club. Never mind that I end up eating multiple per day at the end so they don’t go bad. However, too much fresh mango can eventually be a bad thing, so this grill idea looks awesome!

    • Brit said:

      I bet you could grill it and freeze it…or just freeze it un-grilled in chunks for overnight oats or smoothies. The only problem with that is eventually you have a freezer full of it like I do with tomatoes.

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