Mangoes always remind me of Queensland summers. At my mum’s house in Brisbane, we have 2 big mango trees (which is not uncommon to find in Queensland backyards), so most years she has a surplus of homegrown mangoes. There have been many years when I have been able to bring back home a few bucketfuls of mangoes for my own family and myself too.
So when life hands you mangoes, what do you make? A few years back I was at mum’s house for dinner and she made a mango salsa to go with whatever was cooking on the BBQ. I can’t remember all the fresh salad ingredients that she put into this mango salsa, but there was definitely mangoes and chilli. This was the inspiration for my own mango salsa salad. A delicious mango salad recipe with lettuce.
Now that I live a long 8-hour drive from Brisbane, I can no longer pop over to mum’s house to grab some free mangoes. So this year I reluctantly bought a tray of 13 mangoes for $15…and a few weeks later my sister came to visit and brought about 20 mangoes from our mum’s house! But, you can never have too many mangoes!
Apart from mango salsa, I have been using these mangoes in all sorts of recipes. Mango cheesecake, green smoothies, mango pan pizzas. And just for snacks too! Mango is divine for tropical, sweet dishes, and also gives a tasty twist to savoury dishes. Very versatile, definitely delicious!
- 1 mango
- Handful fresh mint leaves
- Handful fresh basil leaves
- 2 cups mixed lettuce leaves
- 1 green chilli
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- Dice the mango.
- Tear the herbs and lettuce leaves.
- Finely chop the chilli.
- Add those ingredients to a salad bowl.
- Make a dressing with the remaining ingredients and pour over the salad.
- Toss well to combine.
- Serve immediately.
This recipe is being shared at Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck and What’s Cookin’ Wednesday.
- What is your favourite summer fruit?
- Are you lucky enough to have any fruit trees in your backyard?
- When life hands you mangoes, what do YOU make?