Sunday, 4 November 2012

Chiang Mai Inspired Mango & Pineapple Salad with Roasted Peanuts

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London is currently freezing, wouldn't you agree?  I have started to dream about hot tropical holidays even though sadly none have been booked!  To console myself, I pulled out one of the recipe booklets that I was given after I completed a cooking course in Thailand.  I was impressed at how relatively easy it was to prepare Thai cuisine, provided that you had all of the ingredients required of course.

You will be pleased to know that this recipe is naturally milk, egg, gluten, wheat and soy free.  The fish sauce really does add a lovely flavour in this salad.  Fish sauce is also a great alternative to soy sauce without tasting too 'fishy'.  Combined with orange juice or even lime juice and the sugar, you end up with gorgeous flavours that lean towards sweet, salty and a little bit citrusy.  

When you start to tire of green salads, why not give this delicious Thai inspired fruity salad a go?


3 green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 fat garlic cloves
1 large red tomato
2 small mangoes, cut into pieces
1 thick chunk of fresh pineapple, cut into pieces

1 teaspoon palm sugar
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon orange juice

1 tablespoon oven roasted peanuts

  1. Prepare your sauce by mixing the palm sugar, fish sauce and orange juice together.  Lime juice is gorgeous in this recipe too.
  2. Pound the beans and garlic together then add to the fishy sauce.
  3. Chop your tomato into large chunks and add to a serving bowl.  Next add the fresh mango and pineapple pieces.  Pour the fish sauce over the fruit and top with the oven roasted peanuts.
This is a lovely recipe that works well with rice and chicken based dishes.  Enjoy this summery recipe.  This salad can be eaten on a vegetarian diet if you do normally eat fish. Couscous could be a wonderful accompaniment for this salad, but of course remember that this contains wheat.

Enjoy your Sunday lovely readers!

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