Thai mango rainbow salad

This is one of my favorite summer salads- it is super quick to make and is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. You can use whatever fruit or vegetables you have at home, perfect for using up leftovers.

Ingredients: (serves 4 large portions)

  • 1 mango (try to find a mango that is not overly soft, still firm), peeled and chopped into strips (see below)
  • 1 papaya (if you can find one), peeled and chopped into strips (see below)
  • Half a lettuce, shredded
  • Half a red cabbage, shredded
  • Half a pack of fine green beans (boiled in hot water for about 5 minutes)
  • Half a pack of sugar snap peas or mangetout (boiled in hot water for about 5 minutes)
  • 1 red pepper, finely sliced
  • Half a cucumber, with the middle seeds scooped out, sliced
  • 3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 handful of beansprouts
  • 3 shallots or 1 white onion, sliced
  • 5 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 5 radishes, sliced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and made into ribbons, using the peeler, or spiralised
  • 2 chillies, with seeds taken out, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 handful of coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of mint, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of peanuts (optional)

For the dressing:

  • 1 lime, squeezed into juice
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (miss this out if you are vegetarian)
  • 2 tsp palm sugar or normal sugar
  • 3 small chillies, finely chopped (use less if you do not want it spicy)
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar (if you have it)

Method:

  1. I find the easiest way to peel a mango and papaya is with a regular peeler. Then take the seeds out of the papaya with a spoon. Cut both the mango and papaya into strips.IMG_9585IMG_9586IMG_9588IMG_9589
  2. Chop all of the fruit and vegetables and put onto large plates.IMG_9595IMG_9593IMG_9592IMG_9591IMG_9594
  3. To make the dressing, simply mix all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir, or you can also put the ingredients into a clean jar and shake.IMG_9597
  4. Now layer your plates up with the fruit and vegetables, alternating in colours. Top the salad with the chopped herbs, peanuts and pour the dressing equally over the plates. IMG_9598IMG_9599IMG_9600IMG_9603
  5. You can put cooked chicken or salmon (or any meat or fish) on top of the salad, but I usually just eat this on its own along with a healthy green smoothie.IMG_9605IMG_9610(The smoothie is kale, green apple, lime juice, ginger, coconut water and ice).

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