This healthy Thai mango salad recipe is one of our easiest recipes here on Healthy Kitchen 101.
It takes so little time and effort, yet produces a delicious, beautiful, and vibrant salad that will let you feast with your eyes as well as your tastebuds.
What Are the Ingredients in a Thai Mango Salad Recipe?
The ingredients for Thai mango salad recipe may seem like a lot, but they’re actually simple. First, let’s put them into groups:
- Fruits and vegetables: apart from green mangoes— the star of today’s show, we’re also using cherry tomatoes, and carrots. You can also add more veggies such as bell peppers to customize the recipe to your liking.
- Protein: we use shrimp as the main source of protein in this recipe as they take minutes to cook. If you’re vegetarian, crispy fried tofu should fit this recipe well.
- Flavorants: if there is one thing that breathes soul into this salad and binds everything together, it’s the sauce. We’re making a simple sauce with roasted peanuts, chili powder, olive oil, honey, lime juice, fresh ginger, onion, and garlic.
- Seasonings: for the sauce, consisting of salt, ground black pepper, and a hint of fish sauce.
- Garnishes: adding cilantro, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes give the salad more depth of flavor and increased visual interest.
Grouping the ingredients like this can give you a basic understanding of the structure of a salad. Most importantly, this makes it easier for you to alter the ingredients and create your very own Thai salad recipe.
How Many Calories in Thai Mango Salad
There are 253 calories per serving of our Thai mango salad recipe.
Keep in mind that this is not enough calories for a full meal so you will have to add other foods/beverages to make it whole. If you’re not sure how many calories you should eat, check out our healthy eating guideline for reference.
Is Thai Mango Salad Healthy?
For every serving of this salad, there are 3 grams of dietary fiber (about 12% of your recommended daily intake).
A fiber-rich salad like this will make you feel full longer. It also brings many health benefits, such as maintaining bowel health and controlling blood sugar levels.
In addition to that, there are 17 grams of total carbohydrates per serving. This is relatively low and suitable for anyone following a low-carb diet.
If you love quick and nutritious salads, check out our healthy fruit salad recipe— it can be made in minutes… and is usually gone in minutes, too!
How Long Does Thai Mango Salad Last?
Thai mango salad can last up to 3 days when properly stored.
If your salad is dressed and leftover, it is best to finish it within the next 24 hours. Leaving the salad too long can cause the salad to get soggy and lose its freshness.
An undressed salad can last 3 days in the fridge and still be fresh. Be sure to store the salad and dressing separately in airtight containers.
For any food preservation, you should always keep your food in an airtight container. This prevents the food from being exposed to air and getting oxidation.
What Is the Best Way to Cut a Mango?
There are many ways to cut a mango.
You can cut it into slices, chunks, or dice it. However, the best way to prepare a mango for our Thai mango salad recipe is to julienne it.
Here’s how you do it:
- Wash the mango and pat it dry with a kitchen towel.
- Remove mango skin with a peeler.
- Place the mango in an upright position on the cutting board. Slice off the sides to harvest the mango flesh.
- You will see an area in the middle of the mango with a deeper color. That is the pit. Cut along the sides of the pit to get the rest of the mango flesh.
- Cut the mango flesh into thin strips with a julienne cutter.
Your mango is now ready for the salad.
How To Mix Thai Mango Salad
Some salads can only be mixed with a wooden spoon and fork as they can be easily bruised. Other salads only need a light mixing.
Our Thai mango salad recipe, on the other hand, requires a very thorough mixing. And the best utensils to do this are your hands.
Remember to wash your hands very carefully when handling food. Or wear a pair of food gloves if you’re feeling extra cautious/have a cut.
To mix Thai mango salad, toss the vegetables first so that they are evenly distributed. Add the dressing and mix well.
If you don’t like using your hands, just use a set of salad utensils or chopsticks. Either way will work because mixing a salad is a simple process.
Healthy Thai Mango Salad Recipe
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp chili powder divided
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper divided
- 2 tbsp olive oil divided
- 8 oz raw shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/2 tsp Thai fish sauce
- 2 tsp honey
- 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 0.25 oz fresh ginger about 1-inch knob, peeled and minced
- 1.2 oz yellow onion about ⅓ medium
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 2.1 oz unsalted roasted peanuts about ½ cup
- 4 oz green mango about 1/3 medium, skin and pit removed, grated
- 3 oz carrots peeled and grated
- 0.25 oz fresh red chili peppers thinly sliced into strips
- 3 oz cherry tomatoes cut into halves
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp unsalted roasted sesame seeds
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- Make shrimp seasoning mix: combine garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon chili powder and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Mix well.
- Cook the shrimp: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sear the shrimp. Sprinkle the seasoning on top. Cook for 5 minutes or until each side has just turned pink, flipping halfway. Turn off the heat. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Make the peanut dressing: in a food processor, blend together fish sauce, honey, lime juice, ginger, onions, garlic, roasted peanuts, salt, and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1/8 teaspoon each of chili powder, and black pepper. Set aside.
- Mix the salad: In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked shrimp, mango, carrots, fresh chili peppers, cherry tomatoes, and the peanut dressing. Mix well to marinate.
- Plating: Transfer the salad to a serving plate. Garnish with chopped cilantro, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds.
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