mangoes taste like candy
So, what do you do with a mango? If you are like me, you stand over the sink and eat it like a barbarian....juice running down your chin with a happy grin on your face. It is just that good. Mangoes make a great salsa over fish. Just chop it up with some jalapeno, red onion, cilantro and lime juice. Since I only had one mango left, I decided to use it in a salad. I think this simple salad was one of the best I ever made.
Baby Arugula and Mango Salad
large handful of baby arugula
1 mango, peeled and chopped
pinch of red pepper flakes
pinch of sugar
squirt of mustard
salt and pepper
fresh grated parmesan
In order to get to the edible flesh of the mango, you need to peel back the outer layer. I find this is easy to do with a sharp knife. The mango has a hard seed in the center. I find it easiest to just start shaving off chunks around the seed. Then chop the chunks into your desirable size. I like a big bite, so mine stay large.
Make the dressing directly in your salad bowl. Add the olive oil, vinegar, red pepper flakes, sugar and salt and pepper. Whisk this together pretty well and adjust to your own preference.
I love the bitter taste of baby arugula. I think it balances out the sweetness of the mango. The red pepper flakes add just enough heat. Add fresh grated parmesan cheese, and that's it. You're done. You won't believe how much flavor comes out of that simple salad.
So hopefully at this point I've perked your interest to go out and try a mango. Unfortunately, if you live up north, don't make your mind up completely until you've tried one straight off the tree. I promise you won't be disappointed.