If you’re a fan of ethnic foods but fear the hidden calories behind all of the thick sauces and juicy cuts of meat, here’s a great alternative. Foreign fruits are always the easiest way to taste another country’s offerings without wandering too far out of a healthy diet. Although mangos may not seem like a foreign concept, they aren’t often used in traditional North American recipes enough for it to really be a native fruit.
Thailand on the other hand, is well known for incorporating this fruit into many of their dishes. The sweet but fresh taste works well in cleaning your taste buds and works great as a palate cleanser between dishes.
Is this mango salad going to be hard to make?
A typical Thai mango salad usually includes strips of spicy marinated pork, dried shrimp and some crushed peanuts. But if you’re short on time and want to recreate it, here’s a quick an easy way to get a similar taste without the extra effort.
Before you do any chopping, make sure to wash all of the vegetables so that they’re clean and ready to be used. We got a little bit lazy here and used a premade spring mix instead of chopping up the lettuce and carrots on our own. If you prefer your own vegetables, go right ahead!
When chopping your vegetables, cut the pieces of lettuce into manageable bit size pieces. Julian the carrots to give a difference in shape to the salad. The sliced up carrots will also be easier to eat than large chunks or rounds.
Repeat the julian process to the mangos and ensure that the slivers are as small as possible. Try to find mangos that aren’t overly ripe or else your mango slices will be too moist. If the mango is too slippery, it will be much more difficult to cut.
Mix your vegetables up and make a bed of it onto your plate. Place the sliced mango over top like you would with a steak on a bed of rice and you’re almost finished!
Add some fish sauce over your salad until you’re satisfied with the flavor and voilà! Your salad is complete and ready to be devoured! We suggest serving this salad with a hearty main to balance out your overall meal. If you’re not a fan of fish sauce, you can also have the salad dry or with a balsamic vinegrette. The options are endless and it’s completely up to your own taste.
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