Green Mango Salad
Unripe mango, lime and salt make this refreshing Green Mango Salad one to try this summer!
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Mangos are huge in our household right now, my kids are absolutely obsessed with them. I’m grabbing them every time I am at the grocery store and they are gone within the first couple of days. I can’t complain about fruit loving kids that’s for sure! While they are eating mangos straight up, I am remembering some of my favorite mango dishes like this Tangy Mustard Broccoli Slaw with Mango and Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Mango.
I found myself thinking about this green mango salad I made a couple of years ago after being inspired by a friend who mentioned his family makes it when he visits them in Colombia. I was checking out the mango bin looking for some unripe ones just for this purpose – I know what lunch will be today!
If you are a Trader Joe’s shopper, make sure you grab their Chili Lime Salt and sprinkle a little on your next piece of mango, ripe or unripe. You’re welcome. 🙂
Originally posted March 26, 2015
How did we get to Thursday so fast? I swear it was just Monday. My kids were off for Spring Break last week so this week has felt like a bit of a catch up week as well as a back to the school grind week. It’s always a bit of an adjustment to get back into the swing of things. But with Spring Break behind us, it can only mean that summer (!!!) is literally right around the corner. I know, crazy talk, but for those of you who have school aged children, don’t you feel that the window of time between Spring Break and Summer Break literally whizzes by every year?
I’m excited about a couple of things today. First, this Green Mango Salad. Green mangos…are you wondering about why I’m calling them green mangos and am I the last to know that the green mangos are incredibly edible and delicious with a sprinkle of salt and splash of lemon or lime? Where have green mangos been all my life? (In case you are wondering, green mangos are just unripe mangos.)
A couple of weeks ago on Facebook, one of my childhood friends posted a photo of his daughter enjoying a bowl of sliced green mango sprinkled with salt. His daughter is adorable and of course I had to comment on that, but as I read through the thread I realized that sour green mango sprinkled in salt was a Thing. My friend went on to include a “recipe” for a salad his family makes when he’s in Colombia so once I read that my only mission in life was to hunt down some green mangos and recreate it at home.
I was not disappointed. Green mango is the bomb.
It was so bright and flavorful, really a great salad to serve with just about anything grilled.
Or for an easy, light lunch or dinner – throw some rotisserie chicken on it like I did.
Even better…cook up some fish or seafood like this Sriracha Lime Grilled Shrimp or this Mojo Marinated Salmon to serve with your mango salad. Such a fresh meal for summertime!!
So do you want to know what else I’m excited about? Well…I’m excited to finally introduce you to these adorable little new additions to our family.
Friends, meet Dutch and Rosie.
Dutch and Rosie joined our family about 7 weeks ago. Their mom, Betty joined our family over the holidays (we adopted her from our neighbors). Betty was not pregnant when we got her so you can say that we were very surprised one Su
nday afternoon when we went out to her hutch and found what my daughter thought were mice (rats?), but instead were 6 teeny tiny little newborn bunnies. Sadly, 4 of the 6 didn’t make it, but Dutch and Rosie were strong and healthy from the beginning and are just the cutest most adorable little animals I’ve ever seen.
They make me smile.
Family portrait: My kids and our neighbor with the happy bunny family.
From left to right: Frankie (papa), Betty (mama), Rosie and Dutch.
Hope you are having a great week! Go get yourself some green mangos!
Green Mango Salad
Yield: 1 salad
- handful of mixed greens
- 1 green, unripe mango, diced
- 1 tomato
- splash of white vinegar
- coarse salt and pepper, to taste
- rotisserie chicken, optional
- Assemble your salad by adding your greens to a plate or bowl. Top with mango and tomato. Squeeze juice of 1 lime and splash a small amount of white vinegar over salad. Season generously with coarse salt and fresh ground pepper. Optional, add chicken for additional protein.
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What an adorable surprise! They’re so fuzzy and cute!! This salad sounds amazing. I adore mango, but I’ve never had it not ripe. Sounds very yummy
I never knew what green mango is – live and learn. That sounds amazing with some salt and lime juice .I should try it in summer.
My kid had a spring break for a few weeks too and honestly I can’t wait for summer! I used to like him being at school but now I can’t stand busy mornings, dropping off and picking up, sports schedules. I want summer and no schedule!:) SO much fun to hang out with them at home.
I have to try green mango, this salad looks so good!
I have never heard of eating unripe mango! We are freaks about Champagne (Ataulfo) mangoes here. I mean seriously, we are crazing about them. So sweet and delicious. I’m so intrigued to try this now 🙂
please try it and let me know what you think! It’s different and delicious. I have to see if we can get those mangos here!
Made this last night and OMG!!! I used arugula for greens and added fresh basil. BTW, my kids ate one green mango sliced. They said “Mommy, no need to wait for them to ripe anymore”. They love mangoes and we always have to wait for some to ripen on the counter. Thanks for a great and simple idea!
ohhh, arugula and basil sound amazing with this. I’m so happy to hear you tried it and that your kids liked the mango as well! Green mango…who knew!! Thank you so much for the feedback!
ahhh what a cute bit of fuzziness. This salad looks so wonderfully fresh and healthy. Love your blog. Hugs!
thank you so much!!!
I am dying over the bunny family!!!!! Also, mango + lime + salt = reminds me of Cancun!! A man would always walk the beach passing that out as a snack!
ok, that sounds like exactly where I need to be.
Mago is one of my favorite fruits but one I don’t eat often because I really don’t know what to make with it other than eating it “as is”. I love the idea of eating it unripened–I love sour/tart-tasting fruits. This is the perfect summer salad. Once again, your salad creations are the best! You’ve got to write a cookbook with all your recipes! 🙂 Love the bunnies! XO
Yumm…This salad look so good.I will definitely try on weekend for my family.Thanks for sharing a great recipe.
First off welcome to all the new animals. Second of all I’m loving this mango salad. The citrus along with the chicken has me chopping at the bit to make it.
Thank you, i have just found a perfect recipe during the next season of mangoes in my home area.