Snappy Cucumber Mango Salad

May 31st, 2012 at 1:01 pm
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Last week I taught a fun cooking class at my local natural foods co-op. The ladies in the group were fun, talkative, and super interested in learning more about healthy cooking. Teaching classes and sharing good food with people who appreciate it hardly feels like work.

(Side note: On the menu was the Luscious Chocolate Pudding from my book. It was a MEGA hit! I’ve never seen it disappear so quickly.)

This Snappy Cucumber & Mango Salad is a variation on one of the recipes we made in the class. It really could not be more perfect for the hot, summery days ahead! The crunch of the cucumbers pairs well with the soft and buttery mango slices. Lime juice adds a little tang, which is balanced out by a squeeze of honey (or try coconut nectar). If you don’t like cilantro, feel free to swap in flat-leaf parsley instead.

Scared to cut up a mango without mutilating the poor thing? (Trust me, I’ve been there. Think scenes from a war movie…except with mangoes instead of people. It ain’t pretty.) Check out the photo tutorial I posted earlier this week of how to quickly and easily cut up a fresh mango. It takes the fear out of the equation completely. With a little practice, you’ll be dicing them up in record time before you know it!

Serve this refreshing salad with tacos, burgers, or any fresh summertime meal. With graduation celebrations, Father’s Day, BBQ’s, Independence Day, and plenty more outdoor gatherings ahead, I think you’ll like having this one tucked away in your recipe repertoire. I know I’ll be going back to it again and again.

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Crazy for Cucumbers

Cucumber lovers, rejoice! I’ve rounded up a few more cool and refreshing recipes featuring my favorite summer vegetable (or is it a fruit?) that should definitely go on your “to make” list. Check them out:

Snappy Cucumber Mango Salad

Serves 4

For the most refreshing salad, place your mangoes and cucumber in the refrigerator for a few hours before making the salad so that they’re nice and cold. The fresh ginger adds some zing to the salad, but if you’d prefer it to be a bit more mild just leave it out. (Find a tutorial on how to peel and store fresh ginger here.)

2 ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced

1 English cucumber, peeled or partially peeled (see note below), halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced

1/4 cup (packed) fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger, optional

1 tablespoon honey or coconut nectar

pinch of sea salt

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In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients to combine. That’s it!

Serve immediately.

Comments

  1. I am SO going to make this, Hallie! My cucumber plants are producing like 8 cucumbers a week right now. Gotta do SOMETHING with them all. :) I could nosh on this for breakfast. Or lunch. Or a snack. Whatever! Good photo tutorial on mango-cutting too, by the way. I’ve always tried the “hedgehog” method where you cut each half from the seed, leaving the skin on, then trying to dice and fan it out. Doesn’t always work because I cut through the skin by accident. ;-) Your method seems much more foolproof!

  2. Amazing match of flavors Hallie! I’ve been making a dressing very similar, but had never thought of pairing it with cucumbers AND mangoes. Brilliant.

  3. Looks wonderful, thank you for sharing this recipe.
    Peace and Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

  4. This is the perfect potluck BBQ salad Hallie. People will LOVE it! Hallie Klecker does it again :) PS This would make an amazing breakfast.

  5. Such a perfect summer salad. It looks so cool and refreshing…especially to me right now since it is so dang hot here this week!

  6. Perfect summer salad – so refreshing!

  7. This was so delicious! I can see myself making this a lot this Summer.

  8. Just made it with zucchini instead of cucumber and added fresh mint. I might also add basil and a bit of vinegar and oil

  9. Hi Hallie, I just found your blog and I’m loving it. You have amazing recipes. I love mango salads and when I lived in Brazil it was one of our favorite summer dishes, although in Rio it’s basically summer all year long, lol.
    I have been learning a lot with your blog. I did not know about coconut nectar. Well it’s never to late to learn. Thanks!

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