Mango in a salad?! Well, honestly speaking, I couldn't think of it until I had it for myself and won't be exaggerating when I say that I really loved the sweet and sour flavors blended together in the form of a salad! When Mexicans can have it then why not us Pakistanis have it too with our very own Pakistani mangoes! Yeah baby, bring it on! :D
On a more serious note, my late Dada Abu (paternal granddad) May his soul rest in peace, used to love eating sliced fresh mango with Roti (Pakistani flat bread) and when I saw that for the first time, of course being a kid it was something quite amusing and surprising for me and I thought that how can you eat fruit and that also with Roti?! As I grew older, I came to understand that you have to have your taste developed as you acquire taste for certain food in your adulthood. Just like I love eating bittergourd now but as a kid, it was too bitter for my taste buds just like any other kid but, I still have to try eating Mango with Roti yet ;)
|I served it with our dinner|
Two days ago, I thought to make something different for my taste buds by specially keeping in mind that I'm going to use mango as the key ingredient of that dish for my 'Mango Fiesta' theme and yet, this time it should be savory as I have already posted one dessert on my blog. The recipe of Mango & Coconut Frozen Yogurt can be found here. So, I decided to make a salad to be served with dinner and decided to make Mango Salsa. I had all the ingredients on hand except for the Jalapenos but I had some homemade pickled green chilies hence, thought to use them. In the Mexican Salsa they don't add mint but I had some fresh mint leaves lying in the fridge plus, I love the flavor of mint esp. in my salads so in goes that too. Mixed all the fresh vegetables, mangoes, lots of lemon juice and Voila! The final product was something that vanished within minutes and I was like one happy kid who got her favorite candy! Although in this case the happiness was cause of everyone liking what I served to them :D
Salsa is served as an appetizer in Mexican cuisine but I served it as a salad with our dinner as it is similar to our very own Pakistani salad called Kachoomer (mixed cut up salad)
Amigas/Amigos, let's get some Mexicana Unleashed today! :D
Mango: 1 large (peeled, sliced and cut into small cubes)
Onions: 1 medium sized (finely chopped)
Cucumbers: 2 medium sized (chopped into small cubes)
Tomatoes: 2 medium sized (chopped into small cubes)
Bell Pepper: 1 medium sized (chopped into small cubes)
Pickled Green Chilies: 2 medium sized (finely chopped)
Fresh Coriander: 1/4 cup (chopped)
Fresh Mint: 1/4 cup (chopped)
Lemon: 1 medium sized
Salt: 1/4 tsp
- Put the mango cubes and all of the cut up vegetables into a large mixing bowl.
- Squeeze lemon juice over them and add the salt.
- Mix everything together well.
- Take out into a serving bowl. Chill well before serving.
- Serve as an appetizer/starter with Tortillas, Corn Chips or fresh vegetable sticks or as a salad.
That's all folks! :) The spice level can always be adjusted according to your taste buds. I hope you enjoy making and eating it. Until next time, keep sharing the goodness of this greatest blessing, that has been bestowed in abundance upon us the lucky ones, with the less fortunate ones. Jazak'Allah Khair! (May Allah reward you)
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