As the summer sets in and the mercury rises,there is nothing more wonderful than eating a ripe juicy delicious mango. We have all eaten mangoes,have made mango milkshake and aam panna,used it as a dessert and had it along with vanilla ice-cream. Why not try to do something different and make an Exotic mango salad this season? It will tickle your taste buds and makes for a wonderful side dish or a main meal depending on your mood.

It’s really simple to toss this together and all you need is:

2-3 unripe mangoes cut finely lengthwise (not raw and not overly ripe,they should be greenish yellow and firm)

1 cup of toasted coconut (grate Copra or a raw coconut and toast in a pan without oil for two minutes till it smells divine and is a light brown color)

3-4 finely chopped spring onions

1/2 red capsicum chopped finely for color

1 cup of basil torn

1 cup of finely chopped coriander

1 cup of bean sprouts

100 gms of fried tofu or chicken (optional)

For Decoration:

Torn lettuce for decorating the bowl

1/2 cup of toasted coconut and 10-12 roasted cashews for decoration

For the Dressing:

4 Tbsp Soya Sauce

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1/4 cup of lemon juice

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

(mix all the ingredients for the dressing and taste it. The dressing should be slightly on the sweeter side)

Put all the ingredients in a bowl,add the dressing and lightly toss it. Taste it and adjust the sweetness or tartness as per your taste. Decorate in a plate or a salad bowl. Scoop the salad on a bed of lettuce leaves and garnish with toasted coconut and broken cashews. Enjoy !!


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