Easy Thai Tossed Salad With Fresh Mango Recipe

Prawn and mango salad
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: SERVES 2-3 as a Side Dish
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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 with 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. Many thanks to my good friend Peco and also to Chiro, her cooking assistant, for this delicious recipe!

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.
  1. Drizzle dressing over salad (use a spoon to scrape it all out). Then toss well.
  2. Add nuts and toss again. Top with a few more nuts and enjoy!

Basil Dressing Tips:

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.

Variations of this Salad:

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, I've had a lot of people write in to tell me how much weight they've lost since introducing my salads into their diets. 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.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 259
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 524 mg
Carbohydrates 47 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Protein 9 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)