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Two ripe mangoes.

Inspiration for a thai mango salad.

Always get excited about following a recipe. Always have good intentions of following it step-by-step. But, I didn’t have a sweet red bell pepper. Or carrots. Or peanuts. And only had half a lime.

So, that novelty wore off quickly.

Plus, there were torrential downpours all day. No desire to brave mother nature. So, my thai mango salad turned into a slightly experimental “let’s use whatever we have in the kitchen” dish. More fun that way ;)

What I did have was cilantro. And thai basil. And fish sauce. You can’t be Vietnamese and not have fish sauce (our staple equivalent of soy sauce). Fantastic, all set.

Snapped a few pics – but again – too impatient and you’ll see a wee gap between the mango/cilantro/thai basil to voila! finished dish. You may also notice a ripe avocado. Yep, you can always find a reason to add avocado.

Ingredients:

2 firm-ripe mangoes
1 ripe tomato (substitute only. use 1 red bell pepper)
1/8 red onion (do try fine-slicing correctly, i failed miserably)
1 small handful of cilantro (use your discretion, i’ve got a heavy hand with cilantro)
even smaller handful of thai basil leaves (good with my rations, eh?)
1/4 avocado
pinch (or two) of black pepper
3/4 tbsp of fish sauce
1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (try with peanut oil if you have it)
2 tbsp of lime juice
1/2 tbsp of chili garlic sauce (substitute only. use thai peppers or  fresh chilies)

Instructions:

Peel, pit and thinly slice mangoes lengthwise. Add cilantro, thai basil, red onion, avocado, tomato into a small mixing bowl. Add dressing mixture of fish sauce, olive oil, lime juice and chili garlic sauce (you’ll notice that I don’t use sugar). Mix gently. Note: Gently is key.


Generous heaping of thai-mango-avocado-goodness & served with grilled salmon for dinner.

Thoroughly enjoyed my small plate…
then proceeded to eat the rest of it (too colourful to resist).

Servings? No idea.

Apparently, one of the recipes says it makes 6 servings.

Should’ve seen my face. That’s why I don’t follow them. Hope you enjoy my adapted version ;)

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