Easy Thai Tossed Salad With Fresh Mango

Prawn and mango salad
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 20 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
259 Calories
7g Fat
47g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 259
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 524mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 9g
Calcium 184mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This tossed green salad with fresh mango and basil dressing is entirely scrumptious. The texture is light and flavorful–great as a side dish with nearly any meal. It can also be made into a dinner or lunch salad by tossing in shrimp, scallops, or tofu. And you don't need to worry about the ripeness of the mango–anywhere from semi-ripe to fully ripe will work, as sweet-sour flavors work beautifully with Thai food.


  • 4 cups lettuce (or a combination of mixed greens enough for 2 people)
  • 1 mango (semi-ripe to ripe)
  • 1 small bell pepper (red, cubed or sliced)
  • 1 carrot (sliced into thin sticks or grated)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cucumber (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup peanuts (dry-roasted, or cashews)
  • Basil Dressing: 
  • 15-20 basil leaves (or up to 25 if leaves are small)
  • 1 scallions (sliced, including green stem)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce ​(OR soy sauce if vegetarian)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (or palm sugar)
  • Optional: 1 clove garlic

Steps to Make It

  1. Rinse fresh greens and use a salad spinner to dry. Place in a salad bowl.

  2. Add all the other vegetables.

  3. Slice the mango on either side of the stone and scoop out the fruit. Slice fruit up into cubes (see photo instructions: How to Cut a Mango.) Add mango cubes to the salad.

  4. To make the dressing, place all Basil Dressing ingredients in a mini chopper, food processor, or blender. Blitz to create a delicious basil dressing.

  5. Drizzle dressing over salad (use a spoon to scrape it all out). Then toss well.

  6. Add nuts and toss again. Top with a few more nuts and enjoy!


  • This dressing should be used up within 24 hours. If not, you can freeze it in a small Tupperware-type container.
  • This dressing also makes a wonderful dip as well as a marinade for chicken, fish, and shrimp.

Recipe Variations

Why Thai Salads Are Better Than the Usual Salad Bar Fare:

Thai salads are low in fat and calories (e.g. this one is fat-free!), yet extremely high in taste. In fact, this salad is great for people on a diet. Aside from the low-fat/calorie content, Thai salads are very healthy and beautiful to serve, and the uniqueness of Thai salads means they're always popular with guests.

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