Why am I enamored of this green mango salad?

Is it the medley of colors that makes me swoon? A motley mix of yellow and red. White tinged with deep purple and specks of lush green strewn here and there.

Or is it the tartness that makes me pucker with incomparable delight? Sour mangoes purposely picked before they ripen. Plump tomatoes. Crisp red onions with notes of sweetness. Tossed together then copiously dressed in briny fish sauce. In pungent shrimp paste for the more audacious. More adventurous.

Or is it the memory of home that makes me longingly crave it? Scorching summer days during Lent. Restless. Meatless to boot. Days made endurable by a plate of green mango salad and fried fish seasoned simply with rock salt and freshly ground black pepper. Skin seared to a crisp. Flecked with toasted garlic. Rice included, of course. A true Filipino meal wouldn’t be complete without hot steamed rice, would it?

It is a meal so simple yet so satisfying.


Green Mango Salad

Green Mango Salad

  • http://www.asianinamericamag.com/ Betty Ann

    You had me at “mango”, Jun! I just love, love this green mango salad paired with anything. Thanks for sharing! Lovely photo, as always!

  • http://samanthafoodgeek.com/ Samantha

    I was drooling as I read this post. This salad is a perfect antidote for all the heavy winter food. Fantastic! Excuse me while I get a napkin! Terrific idea and wonderful photos as usual. Thank you Jun!

  • Jeannie

    I am salivating just looking at your mango salad! Beautiful photo:)

  • Try_phena

     why its called green salad?


  • http://blog.junbelen.com/ Jun Belen

     It’s a green mango salad. Filipinos love mangoes even if they aren’t ripe and sweet.  The tartness of the unripe green mangoes goes well with the very salty fish sauce or fermented shrimp paste.

  • http://blog.junbelen.com/ Jun Belen

     Thank you, Jeannie.  I know, green mangoes have that same effect on me.  My mouth waters instantly.

  • Tere Mortero

    Salivating mode ON! I miss the green mangoes in the Philippines! I hope I can find similar mangoes here in the Bay Area! :) Definitely the best salad to pair with fried fish :)

  • http://saberkite.com saberkite

    I love it with just the mango and the bagoong, though I prefer the brown liquid kind over the paste. It’s heading towards summer here now, and the trees are starting to bloom. Some are already bearing fruit, the first crop of the season. I’m excited to go home to Zambales and pick some. I wish I could send some to you. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josephine-Valles/1631409646 Josephine Valles

    Hello po! Your photos always amaze me! Ano po ba ginagamit mo na camera? :) At tsaka yung sa green mango salad, patis lang po ba panimpla niyo?  Coz I made a similar mango salad pero balsamic vinegar yung ginamit ko at sugar.. :) thanks!

  • http://blog.junbelen.com/ Jun Belen

    Are you talking about bagoong balayan? That brownish liquid made from anchovies and not shrimp.  Love those, too.  I’ll love you forever if you’ll send me some of those buttery sweet mangoes. Ah! Nothing compares to summer in the Philippines. It’s freaking hot but those mangoes make it worth it.

  • http://blog.junbelen.com/ Jun Belen

    Maraming salamat, Josephine!  You are too kind.  I use a Canon 7D for my photos.  And for the salad, I use either fish sauce or bagoong.  Pero kung manibalang yung mangga — almost ripe — I just sprinkle a little sea salt.  Balsamic vinegar and sugar sound good, too! I’ll try it next time I make it.  Salamat ulit!

  • J.I.

    Hi tito Jun! I often browse your site to look for Filipino comfort foods that I can make. I was thinking about this ensalada the other day but mangoes and tomatoes are ridiculously expensive here in Japan :(

  • http://blog.junbelen.com/ Jun Belen

    Hey J.I., thank you for writing. Sorry to hear that mangoes and tomatoes are expensive in Japan but I’m jealous of the fresh fish you have access to! I promise to post healthier fish recipes more so now that it is Lent. I am so happy you are cooking!

  • http://80breakfasts.blogspot.com/ joey

    Goodness!  I don’t think I’ve seen a green mango salad as gorgeous as this!  Definitely one of our favorite side dishes…yes, especially with fried fish!

  • Keepyourdietreal

    This salad looks so beautiful and perfect for spring!

  • Anonymous

    sir jun, post ka naman ng mga lighting setup mo..salamat!

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