Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Improvisational Salad of the Day: Iceberg Lettuce, mangoes, Mcintosh apples, and oven dried grape tomatoes.

Sweet Red Mangoes from Brazil

You can take the girl out of the tropics but you can't take tropics out of the girl. I can eat about 10 mangoes in one sitting. I love mangoes in salads too. It has the taste of perpetual summer and my childhood in the Philippines. This salad has another interesting addition --oven dried tomatoes, one of my husband's favorite salad toppings. When grape tomatoes bake in the oven with extra virgin olive oil and good quality coarse sea salt, they get a concentrated tomato flavor and a chewier texture. Yum.

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and cut into big chunks
2 cups of hand torn iceberg lettuce
1 Macintosh apple cut into 1 inch cubes
Oven dried grape tomatoes, about half a pint
* Cut tomatoes in half
*drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
* liberally season with salt and pepper
*bake for 20 to 30 minutes until they shrivel up.
a couple of sprigs of chopped cilantro for garnish.

Put a handful of lettuce on a plate. Place apple and mango chunks and cilantro on top of the lettuce. Salads look pretty when they are pilled high on a plate. Arrange oven dried tomatoes around the salad. Dress with your favorite lime or lemon based vinaigrette.


Marvin said...

I love mangoes as well, though I don't think I can eat 10 in one sitting;) The salad looks wonderful.

Geri said...

I love mangoes too, but I definitely can't eat ten in one sitting. They're a superfruit too and high in fiber, so besides being tasty, they're super nutritious.