Recently I took the challenge of making low-fat side dish recipes. But I was skeptical about the results until I made this cucumber mango salad. It is healthy, fresh, skinny, nutrients packed, and furthermore it is an easy and simple recipe that everyone can make.
If you have not tried a salad with ripen mango before, this is a sweet alert for you. It is rich and with a delicious combination of textures. The soft texture of mango and the crunchy cucumbers are the pleasing contrast that you will fall in love with the cucumber mango salad.
This mango fruit salad is a part of my target to make a dish as simple as possible. But the variation and the choices for making this salad to extraordinary and platable for a crowd. So take a break from regular cucumber relish and make this spicy salad instead.
I kept the ingredients as minimum as I could, my initial target was to make just with three ingredients. But I wrapped up with about 5 ingredients including the salt.
Alternatively, we can add in other complementing ingredients that accentuate the taste and the texture of the cucumber mango salad. Now what? keep thinking about your favorite elements to add to this spicy salad until we reach the end of this post.
Idea-think about your favorite lean protein to add to the salad. It can be of shrimp, chickpea, lentil, black bean or chicken. Want to add up more flavors, drizzle in balsamic vinegar. I find olive oil and a small addition of fresh herbs make this spicy mango salad to a remarkable one.
Not to worry much about the serving, we can dig in as a midday snack or as a side dish. This cucumber mango salad is a classic match for any main course. We can name it from seafood, meat or rice. Do not restrict yourself and enjoy the salad however you could. And the mango fruit salad has all the potential to keep you smile and refreshed.
Other mango recipes
If you are looking for other mango dishes, the following would help.
Why cucumber mango salad?
- It officially falls here in Pennsylvania, and the summer fruits and vegetables started disappearing from the stores. So, trying this combination before the mango season ends.
- It is healthy, skinny and fresh.
- Does not loaded with any addition of fat.
- A fiber-rich salad.
- Keeps us better hydrated during the summer.
- Finally, it is delicious and looks very pleasing.
- Great for the crowd or potlucks.
Mango cucumber salad ideas
Lean protein. Make this salad healthy and nutritive by adding lean protein with white meat like chicken breast, skinless chicken, turkey, seafood, ground beef. When discussing the seafood, shrimp and crab meat are the best choices.
Vegan protein. Thinking of making vegan dinner, try mango salad recipe with vegan protein-like, beans and lentils, tofu, nuts, and seeds. Black beans and chickpeas are winning combinations for the salad.
Other tropical elements. Pineapple, kale, edamame, broccoli, lettuce, orange, papaya, green mango are the interesting options for the cucumber mango salad that we should attempt definitely.
Healthy fat. Feta, paneer(cottage cheese) are some of the addon options.
For a crowd. Marinate the meat with the spicy mango sauce and prepare the grill. Combine the grilled meat and this spicy mango salad together. Voila, a filling, pleasing salad is ready for a crowd.
Thai style salad. Convert this to Thai mango salad. Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, roasted peanuts, and fresh ginger slices. Your guests are going to love this variation.
How to choose the mango?
The mango should be neither too soft nor too hard. It has to be exactly right in between for the mango cucumber salad. Too soft mango is ripened and has a more sweet taste, which I feel contradicts with the taste of cucumber.
The mango should tender to touch and if the skin of the mango crinkles when touched. Then it is too ripen for the cucumber mango saladcucumber mango salad. As it becomes more watery when mixing with cucumber.
The above are just the suggestions and there are no strict rules. Feel free to adjust with the compensating favors and texture. If the mango is sweet, adjust the taste with the lemon juice.
Cucumber Mango Salad prepping
Once all the ingredients are mixed together, its shelf life is really short and can last upto a day when refrigerated. When planning to store this salad for a long time, I would suggest cutting the mango and store in the refrigerator separately. And combine everything together when required.
Other salad recipes
- Asian cabbage salad
- Indian corn salad
- Greek yogurt cucumber salad
- Fresco salad
- Spicy greek yogurt chicken salad
- Mashed chickpea salad
Cucumber Mango salad
- 1 cup mango cubes
- 1 cup cucumber slices
- 1/2 cup onion
- 1 tbsp jalapeno
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/6 tsp salt
- Peel the mango and remove the stone.
- Cut the mango into bite-size pieces.
- Slice the cucumber, onion, and jalapeno.
- In a mixing bowl, add mango, cucumber, onion, jalapeno, lemon juice, and salt.
- Give a gentle stir until salt and lemon juice coats the vegetables. And serve immediately.