How you doin’? Even though summer is in the rear-view mirror, you can still find wonderful fresh mangoes in the supermarket. Mangoes are delicious just by themselves, and they are also a very versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of savory dishes, from curries to salads.
As Food & Beverage Consultants we always have an eye out for nutrition. A Thai salad is a great way to nourish both body and soul. Here’s a simple, mango salad in a delicious Thai peanut dressing that you can make all year ‘round. It is a perfect appetizer or side salad and makes an even better entrée salad. This Bangkok Mango Salad is bursting with fresh Thai flavors, bright colors and velvety peanut butter texture.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 side salads or 2 entrée salads
For the mango salad
One head (about 7 ounces) butter leaf lettuce or your greens of choice, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced and then sliced across to make 1″ long pieces
3 ripe champagne mangos, diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion (both green and white parts)
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 medium jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, finely chopped
1/2 chopped avocado (optional)
For the peanut dressing
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 to 3 limes)
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
Pinch of red pepper flakes (if you like spice)
ChefSecret: Why do we ask to seed and remove the membranes from the jalapeño chiles? The seeds and membranes carry the bulk of the heat. The jalapeño has a great flavor which can be masked by the burning heat. Son shut off the heat and turn on the flavor.
Covid-19 Quip of the Day: Remember when “Dr. Happy“ told us it would only take 30-days to flatten out the curve? Well here we are 7 months later and now he is telling us not to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family. So, I’m now shopping for a dwarf-turkey and trying to decide where to celebrate the holidays… in the Living Room or the Bedroom.
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