Green Mango Salad

Green Mango Salad


I have been wanting to try a Thai style green papaya salad for a while now but I have never been able to find truly green, unripened, papayas. I tried picking up the greenest one that I could find but it was still too ripe and soft. I had all but given up when I was walking through the market I saw some really green mangoes and I remembered that there was a very similar Thai style green mango salad. I figured that even though these mangoes were fully bright green that they would still be soft and too ripe as well, but I picked them up and gave them a squeeze, they were rock solid and clearly unripe! I picked some up immediately and quickly tried to find all of the other ingredients that I thought I would need for the green mango salad.

The key to this salad is that the papaya or in this case mango, is used for its crisp texture and tart flavour rather than the soft and sweet ripened version. I kept the salad pretty simple and to the julienned mango I added a julienned carrot because it had a similar shape and crunchy texture and it would add some colour. I also added some bean sprouts for another colour and for the crisp juiciness that they would add to the salad. Of course there had to be a hot chili in there along with lots of fresh herbs. For the dressing I used some classic Thai ingredients: fish sauce, lime juice and some palm sugar to balance it all out. When I think of Thai cuisine peanuts always seem to come up and I thought that they would add a nice complementing texture.

The Thai green mango salad turned out great! It was so fresh and it had such a wonderful combination of flavours and textures. I really liked how each bite was crunchy and juicy and tart and sweet and sour and how every once in a while you would bite into a really hot pepper which overall balanced out with everything else. Despite the fact that I normally enjoy fully ripe, soft and sweet mangoes I quite liked the way the tart and crunchy unripened mango worked in this salad. While I was eating the salad I was thinking that you could easily turn it into a light meal by adding some shrimp or crab.

Green Mango Salad

(makes 2 small salad servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 green mango (peeled and julienned)
1 small carrot (julienned)
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1 birds eye chili (chopped)
1 green onion (chopped)
1 tablespoon cilantro (chopped)
1 tablespoon mint (chopped)
1 tablespoon Thai basil (chopped)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon palm sugar (or sugar)
1 tablespoon roasted peanuts (chopped, or cashews, etc.)

Directions:
1. Mix the mango, carrot, bean sprouts, chili, green onion, cilantro, mint, basil in a large bowl.
2. Mix fish sauce, lime juice and sugar in a small bowl.
3. Toss the salad with the dressing and serve garnished with the peanuts.

Similar Recipes:
Thai Cucumber and Pineapple Salad
Crunchy Asian Salad
Pad Thai
Thai Green Bean and Crab Salad
Thai Black Rice Salad
Thai Beef Noodle Salad
Thai Style Black Quinoa Salad

61 comments:

Marta said...

Great recipe! I like that you added carrots, I'm sure their sweetness complemented the tartness of the green mango. It is hard to find these unripened fruits but still have them be eadible!
My favourite Thai place (Satay on the Road) adds baby shrimp to their mango salad and, like you say, it's a full meal. I love it!

Sippity Sup said...

I live with in walking distance to Thai town. The BEST papaya salads! But they always look at me askance when I INSIST I want it Hot, Thai hot. It's the only way to eat it, but boy does it make my eyebrows sweat! GREG

Christina said...

This looks so refreshing and light!

Pam said...

Kevin - This looks great!!! I've always wanted to try this kind of salad, but I never remember to look for green mangoes or papayas.

Mary said...

We love green mango salad. This looks like a good recipe.

Justine said...

mmm, sounds tasty and refreshing!

Sweet Bird said...

I love this! Green papaya/mango salad is delicious.

Manggy said...

A Southeast Asian classic! All that's missing is the shrimp paste, heh heh :)

Debbie said...

oh soft spot! I'm drooling over this recipe, will need to try it soon.

Nina Timm said...

I keep this in mind for next summer!!! I love all the flavors and not o mention all the crispy textures!!

Jan said...

Wow that salad looks delish Kevin!
The photo is fantastic. Please can you come and photograph my food as my pictures are never very good sadly.
A great recipe!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a delightful and refreshing salad!

Cheers,

Rosa

My Taste Heaven said...

We have something similar to your green mango salad in Malaysia which we call it Mango Kelabu.

Sarah said...

This looks great! I've never thought of using green mango for this kind of salad, but I bet it's good. I like green mangoes too. You can also make this kind of salad with seeded cucumber instead of the papaya. Here in Laos,that's what people do when papayas aren't in season. It's funny that you have a hard time finding green papayas because here we have a hard time finding ripe ones! People eat them all up before they're ripe!

HoneyB said...

The salad looks great. Love the colors!k

Cucinista said...

I love green papaya salad, though most of the time it's so spicy I have to cry while eating it (but can't stop! It's so good!) and will definitely check this version out. No more tears...

Tangled Noodle said...

I have the same problem finding unripe papaya and mangoes here in MN. Even the Asian markets don't have them (or I don't go often enough to know when they do). This salad looks fantastic and makes me even more determined to find these fruits in their green state!

Joanne said...

This totally reminds me of a thai version coleslaw. I personally would like this version better it has such a variety of flavors.

Ninette said...

You could also add to the salad rice vermicelli noodles like Filipino pancit bihon, and chicken or shrimp, and serve it as a cold or room temp. salad. Delicious!

nithya at hungrydesi said...

sounds delicious...i love green mangos! sometimes we cut one up, shower it with red chili powder and a little salt and just have it as a snack. such a nice tang.

Dawn said...

those colors really pop in the photo. I always love your creations!

Jessie said...

I have been on a crazy mango kick lately(including a late-night walk to local market for ripe mango, which I ate in its entirety standing over my sink)So nice to see a savory mango recipe that isn't salsa. Thanks for the inspiration!

meeso said...

That salad looks amazing, I like how you used the mangoes :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

Great idea! I love green papaya salad, but have never thought to use green mangoes.

Ammu said...

Wow! delicious.

Jennifer said...

Kevin: I think you are working your way towards a mango cookbook...am I right?

Katie said...

Beautiful! I'l have to try this soon-- mangos are exceedingly cheap right now.

MaryBeth said...

I am not a fan of mango but my husband is, I really think he would like this very refreshing salad. Looks great Kevin!!

Hungry Gal said...

This looks so delicious. Reminds me of the green papaya and green mango salads I ate backpacking through SE Asia

Minna said...

i love all your recipes! i'd love to see your take on mac and cheese!

arundati said...

this looks great. and you have a lovely blog. thanks for stopping at mine.

Helene said...

With the warm weather coming up this is the perfect recipe. I'll keep this one of file. Thanks.

CookinsForMe said...

What a beautiful picture that is, Kevin! I'll have to try that soon.

Katerina said...

This looks perfect for the summer!
Light and refreshing!
Thanks!

homecooked said...

Wow...lovely recipe. Looks very fresh and healthy!

Taste Buddies said...

One of my favourites Kevin! Great recipe.

Debbie said...

What a great salad. Love the textures and colors!

Cathy said...

Wow, this looks terrific. I love all the Thai flavors. I usually ignore the green, unripe mangoes at the market. Now I'll pay attention.

Katie said...

This looks great! So fresh and clean.

Lisa said...

Yeah, salad season is upon us. Love the crisp ingredients here.

duodishes.com said...

Green mango is really great. Never had it until a month or so ago, and it was surprisingly tasty.

tastymealsathome.com said...

Very fresh!

Leela said...

I am salivating shamelessly. This looks amazing, Kevin. Give me this and a bowl of Jasmine rice and I'm all set. (I'm Thai; I eat my salad with rice.) :)

biz319 said...

I am so far behind on blog reading - love this recipe and I love the new header!!

Cynthia said...

Kevin, Happy 2nd blog birthday. You have much to celebrate as your blog is outstanding and has been consistently of a very high quality. Looking forward to many more.

toni said...

This looks like that perfect summer salad that Thai restaurants have DOWN! Delicious sounding!

Dragon said...

This is a lovely salad. Yum!

Kerstin said...

What a lovely salad - it looks so refreshing! I've never had a thai salad, and now I think I need to!

Julianas said...

Love this recipe, very summery and the colors are so tempting. Great pictures!

noobcook said...

I've been looking high and low for some green mangoes too. Your salad looks so refreshing.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Nice recipe and love the new design :)
Margot

Cinnamonda said...

What an interesting recipe & fabulous colours!

Amy said...

I've never tried mango or papaya salad but yours definitley makes me want to try some next time I go to a thai place or even try making it myself!

Pam said...

I love the colors and flavors of this salad. Another wonderful photo!

Lina said...

I have to try making this. it looks so refreshing on a hot summer day!

Deborah said...

I have never heard of using an unripened fruit like this - it sounds wonderful!

Jan said...

Fabulous looking salad. I'm glad you went with mangos as I don't really care for papaya.

Christopher said...

Hi Kevin. There are two terrific fruit shops on the west side of Spadina, just north of Dundas that, from time to time, carry superb Vietnamese green mangoes (very expensive however) as well as the occasional green papaya.

If not in stock at these shops, try a West Indian grocery shop for green papaya. ;)

Anonymous said...

58 comments and not a single one even TRIED the recipe??

Jaime said...

i always enjoy green papaya salads! i bet the mango is just as good too

Vidya said...

What a lovely Salad. Beautiful picture.

First time here. You have a lovely blog, Kevin. Awesome pictures too.

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