Fresh Mango Summer Salad


Today I wanted to share a beautiful light, fresh and energizing salad with you that you can add to your recipe box.


I am very much about healthy lazy and love to give people quick and practical options at hand to make healthier food taste good and not having to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare their meals.

 

It is always really challenging to me to give the correct measures, as I don’t measure at all but combine the foods as they are available, adjusting the taste and flavors in the very present moment. Seemingly it is a gift! Over time I found out not everyone has it innately, but I truly believe that it is something we can learn!

 

So, I always do my best when it comes to instructions. They often give a more rough describtion with adjustment options, encouraging you to get into your own kitchen magic.

On top, I love one bowl or one-pot meals, so I encourage you to make the dressing in the bottom of the bowl (especially with simple recipes like the one below).

 

WHAT YOU NEED:


SALAD:

  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ½ cucumber
  • 120g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 small red onion (milder in taste to eat raw)
  • 100g arugula
  • ½ head of lettuce

DRESSING:

  • 3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar or juice of one lime or lemon
  • 1 tbsp of date syrup
  • 1 handful of mint leaves
  • 3 stems or more of cilantro (use as much as you like)
  • dash of salt
  • pepper


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Use a big salad bowl and combine the ingredients for the dressing at the bottom of the bowl. Whisk well with a fork to combine.

2. Chop the fresh herbs finely and whisk under the salad dressing. Peel the red onion, cut into half, slice finely and add to the dressing. Peel and cut the mango into chunks and add to bowl. Do the same with the cucumber, red bell pepper, and avocado. Cut cherry tomatoes into quarters and add into the bowl. Wash the arugula and lettuce, dry and cut into your favorite size.

Mix all together and enjoy!

 

NOTE: Please pay attention to the vinegar you are using.
1. Let it be organic as grapes are one of the most heavily sprayed foods. 2. Check the ingredient list of your vinegar. There should be nothing else in there except for the vinegar, no flavors no additives no nothing.


OPTIONS: If you want to take this with you to work, keep the lettuce in a separate container and combine with the rest of the ingredients when ready to eat. You keep it fresher and crunchier this way. 2) Instead of fresh mint or cilantro use some thai-basil, regular basil will work too. Or add it aditionally to the mint and cilantro.

3) If you want to go lower glycemic, drop the date syrup and just use the lime or lemon for the dressing. It will still taste good! 4) Top with some sprouts if you have some at hand!

 


Making FOOD is PLAY, CREATIVITY and CREATION. So, adjust to your needs! If you want to go with more lettuce, go for it. If you want something spicy in there add some fresh hot peppers. My only suggestion: keep it as clean and simple as possible
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Let me know if you enjoyed it!