With summer almost in full swing, mangoes are taking over the stands in fruit shops, grocery stores and supermarkets. Delicious when eaten just by itself, mangoes also make for a very versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of savoury dishes, from fish curry to salads. Salads are a great way to keep the body cool during the sweltering summer. Here’s a simple, mango salad in a delicious Thai peanut dressing that you can experiment with this mango season makes a great appetizer and even better main.
Ingredients For the Mango Salad:
1 small-sized head of lettuce. You can replace the lettuce with any leafy greens of your choice.
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into long strips.
3 ripe mangoes (you can use any kind), diced into small cubes
½ cup sliced onions
¼ cup cilantro
1/3 cup roasted peanuts
Pickled jalapenos as per your spice tolerance
For the peanut dressing
¼ peanut butter, the creamy kind
¼ lime juice or juice from 2-3 medium-sized lemons
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 pinch of red chilly flakes (if you like your food spicy)
Combine all the ingredients for the mango salad in a large salad bowl and mix thoroughly.
Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a mixing bowl and whisk until its mixed thoroughly.
Drizzle a generous amount of the peanut dressing over the mixed the salad and toss it gently to mix. Voila, delicious Thai mango-peanut salad is ready for consumption!
You can add some grilled prawns or fish to give this salad your own twist. Happy cooking!