Mango and Tomato Salad (or Salsa) with Mint Chimichurri

Mango & Tomato Salad with Mint Chimichurri

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Mango & Tomato Salad

With Mint Chimichurri

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Sauces are funny. More often than not you end up making more than you need for any particular dish. I hate throwing out leftovers, especially when they’re packed with flavour – after all, the sauce is often the best part. So after making lamb with mint chimichurri, I found myself with a bunch of extra chimichurri, unsure of what to do with it. Fortunately, the flavours that worked so well with lamb also work beautifully with sweet mangoes and tomatoes. Honestly, I was amazed at how well this worked, given that it was just an experiment. Mint partners perfectly with super-sweet fruits like mango and watermelon, but the tartness of the added vinegar gives dimension and keeps this from becoming too dessert-y. Add the earthy taste of cumin and the whole thing is balanced out marvelously.

I call this a salad, but it could very easily be a sweet salsa if you wanted to throw it on top of some tortilla chips (plus-or-minus a good kick of jalapeno). Even if you don’t want to make the the lamb recipe mentioned above, you’ll want to make the chimichurri just to have this.

Recipe Notes

The original mint chimichurri recipe is here, but here’s a quick summary (just combine all of the ingredients and let stand for an hour or more):

1 cup each mint and parsley, minced (as finely as you like)
1/4 cup each red wine vinegar and olive oil
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2-3 minced garlic cloves
1.5 tbsp lemon juice (fresh is best).

This is a rather versatile little salad/salsa, and you can adapt it easily for different purposes. If you want to make it a little more substantial to feed a larger crew, add a mix of mild lettuce (butter lettuce would be ideal) and a bitter green like endive, radicchio, escarole, or arugula.

To take this in a salsa direction, you can add about half of one red onion, finely diced.

For another interesting variation, you could replace half or all of the mango with cubed watermelon.

Try to find a flavourful, fleshy tomato – I like using good cherry tomatoes, but larger ones would work too. Likewise, you could use any sweet mango, but I think that the small yellow Mexican Ataulfo mangoes are absolutely perfect for this (…and in general).


Nutrition Facts
Mango and Tomato Salad with Mint Chimichurri
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Sodium 77mg 3%
Potassium 173mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 36%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional Summary

GOOD NEWS:
If you’ve fallen into the unhealthy-salad-trap (which is pretty easy thanks to ultra-fatty dressings), this is your escape.  It’s low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates while remaining nutrient-dense and big on flavour.
BAD NEWS:
Nothing!  This is one of the healthiest things I’ve ever come up with.  One person could eat all 8 servings and remain guilt-free.

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  • Vegan
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten free

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Mango and Tomato Salad (or Salsa) with Mint Chimichurri
Mango and Tomato Salad with Mint Chimichurri
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

Call it a salsa, call it a salad... regardless, this is delicious and easy to play around with. Serve it as is with a meal, with tortilla chips for a snack, or on endive leaves for a fancy-schmancy appetizer. Best of all, it's amazingly good for you.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Argentinean, Miscellaneous, South American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 49 kcal
Ingredients
  • 500 g mango diced (900 g [2 lb] of mango should yield about this much)
  • 250 g cherry or grape tomatoes halved (or quartered if they're large)
  • 2 tablespoons mint chimichurri
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Recipe Notes

Serve as is, with tortilla chips, or spooned on top of the leaves of a bitter leaf-vegetable like endive or radicchio.

Variation 1 - Add half of one diced red onion.

Variation 2 - Replace part or all of the mango with cubed watermelon.

Comments

  1. ohhhh, I could see this combo as an amazing salsa as well! Love the mint and mango together … like a fiesta for your mouth! Another killer recipe and photos Sean!

    1. Author

      Thanks Samantha! I made (and shot) this ages ago and it got a little bit forgotten to be honest. I’m not sure why though – it’s a really wonderful salad/salsa, and the flavours are so wonderfully comforting and yet fantastically unique together. I guess I should start promoting it a bit more, eh? Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

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