I have always enjoyed green mangoes growing up and it still is a popular street snack to this day.My green mango salad is my Asian twist to a classic that is ‘Maembe mbichi na pilipili’
Fresh, crisp, full of color, flavor And healthy nutrients,my green mango salad is one you will be falling in love with.
My green mango salad has an array of veggies in it with the green mango standing out from the rest with its sharp contrasting sweet, sour and salty all marrying with each other making this Asian inspired salad a salad that is not only healthy but just as fun to eat as well.
This salad also could not be complete without my creamy PEANUT SALAD DRESSING that brings everything together and a bite into this salad will take you to the moon and back.
Just in case you have unripe mangoes,or mangoes that are ripe but still bitter to the taste, this is a recipe for you.The mango however should be firm to the touch such that they can be Julienned easily.
More than 5 types of veggies went into making this salad.I love my salads having a variety of veggies and I always try to as as much color with contrasting flavors and texture,color in your veggies is health,the more colorful your salad bowl is,the healthier it is for you.
The mango should be green.Well, ideally green raw mangoes are ideal as they have unmatched bitter sour flavors that will go very well in this salad.Those mangoes you eat at the streets are perfect for this recipe.
However any raw mango that’s still sour and firm to the touch can be used.
Mangoes are full of health benefits to the eye, gut, skin, lowers cholesterol as well as aiding in weight loss.So use this mango season wisely milking all the goodness off it.
Also something I would highly recommend not to miss out on in my salad are spring onions.
A good source of vitamin C, fiber, folate and minerals,these mildly flavored onions will bring your salad to life with freshness and flavor.
Well inions apart fro tasting wonderfully delicious also have lots of health benefits ranging from cancer fighting properties, high in vitamins minerals and anti oxidants
I included carrots mainly for crunch,freshness and color.
When all that goodness is accompanied by beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin k, potassium, anti oxidants,low in cholesterol and good for our eye health, who is complaining!
Cucumbers,one of those veggies that you have to try very hard in order to fat me to have even a single bite into.
Your cucumber should be fresh,young and firm to the touch so that it can be easily julienned.
Cucumbers are excellent in hydration, are a gods source of anti oxidants and may help in lowering blood sugar levels.
By now you can already see just how healthy one salad bowl can be.
Then there is this beauty over here.Red cabbage.This has to be one of my favorite veggie as it’s beautiful, healthy, and versatile not its use.
I loved the color and health nutrients in vitamins and minerals.Cabbage has been known to fight free radicals in the body as well as being an excellent source of vitamin k and c.
Cabbage will improve your liver function,get rid of toxins from your body, built your immunity and help you with your weight loss journey.
Then there is garlic ginger and the limes. Don’t and I scream again DON’T! make a mistake and miss out in ginger and garlic in this salad as it just won’t be as good.
Ginger and garlic are full of health and medicinal properties and have been used over the years to combat various diseases.
Fresh lime cuts through the salad adding to acidity and fresh citrusy flavors.
I also included a few nuts in my salad.Peanuts are not optional and roasted peanuts should be present in the salad.
I went ahead and added a few pumpkin and sunflower seeds in there.Any sort of chopped nuts will fit it just as well.
As we all know eating specific nuts and seeds lowers the risk of us suffering from heart diseases,lower cholesterol levels and slow down down the rate of digestion due to their high fiber content.
- 2 cups mangoes
- 1/2 cup red onions
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 1 cup purple cabbage
- 1 cup cucumbers
- 1 cup carrots
- 1/4 cup green onions
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes(optional)
- 2 tablespoons toasted chopped peanuts
- 2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
- Salt&pepper to taste
I used my PEANUT SALAD DRESSING for my salad and you can bring your own quick peanut salad dressing using the following.
- 1/2cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup toasted peanuts
- 2 drops toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Salt&pepper to taste
- In a blender,bring together all your peanut dressing ingredients.Blend till smooth creamy and consistent with no visible lumps.Set aside in the fridge.
- Wash thoroughly your fresh vegetables with clean running water.
- Mince your garlic and ginger.
- Peel only the carrots and your green mango.julienne all the veggies into almost equal thin strips.I used a julienne peeler and this made my work easier cutting down on the time.
- Toast your nuts and using a knife roughly chop them up.
- Bring everything together in one bowl.Drizzle over some of the salad dressing making sure every inch of veggies in there have been lightly kissed by the dressing.
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