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You would never know it from my rapidly expanding midriff, but I love me a good salad. Pair it with a glass (or six) of a light white wine and you have yourself a perfect summer meal. So I'm playing along with Zgirl and posting not one, but two salad recipes. No need to thank me, I live to serve. Should you be inclined to want to play along also, just click the pic above and all the fabtabulousness of the one we know as Zgirl shall be revealed to you.

Ok enough bullshit, on with the salads.

First off we have a thai mango salad. If you are a lover of sweet and spicy than this is a dish for you.

Ingredients:

This recipe serves 6 people. Or if you're like me who loves thai food it serves 3.
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts
  • 2 unripe mangoes
  • 1/3 c fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 4 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp chili sauce or hot pepper sauce
  • 1 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
Throw it all together and hope for the best.

Kidding

Toast your nuts in a skillet (that's what she said...sorry I couldn't resist) - about 6 minutes.

The mango part is important. Don't be getting all slipshod and buy ripe mango. You'll fuck the whole recipe up. The mangoes need to be UNRIPE people. Firm, not squishy. Got it? So peel the mango and then cut it into thin (I repeat thin) strips. If you know how to "score" a vegetable all the better. If you don't...well google it, it's complicated. If you don't want to google it just cut the damn thing in thin strips.

In a bowl, whisk together the coriander, lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, oil and chili sauce. Add mango, red pepper, and onion and toss it all together. Sprinkle with the nuts and ta da....a beautific salad that's so yummy it's almost orgasmic.

Special note: Though the recipe doesn't call for it, I often grab a handful of baby tomatoes, cut them in half and throw them in. Adds color and a nice taste. Another thing I add, (can you see that I don't like to follow recipes?) is red pepper flakes. Be careful though, a little goes a long way.

Of course I've made this look harder than it is. It's not hard. Cutting the mango is the most difficult part. Seriously, I've had people offer to pay me for this recipe after I've served it at drunken parties sophisticated gatherings.

On to recipe two.

Spinach Blueberry Salad

I have no measurements for this salad because it's one of those things I make that sort of happened by accident.

  • 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 1 pkg fresh blueberries
  • a bunch of crumbled feta let's go with a cup
  • a handful of chopped walnuts
  • balsamic vinegar salad dressing
Throw it all together.

I'm serious this time.

You'll love it. And it's so easy. I'm all about the easy.

10 comments:

adrienzgirl said...
July 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

OH YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! I love sweet and spicy. You know, kinda like my shiny personality!

I am definitely making these. BOTH of them!

Thanks for SHARING! Love your face!

The Faux Trixie said...
July 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Loooove a good salad. I never make them myself, but there is one I buy frequently called the Mexicali. It's mixed greens, plum tomatoes, corn, black beans, white cheddar cheese (....), meat (if you want it - I get the buffalo chicken), honey lime vinagerette, spicy peanut sauce, and a TOOOOOOOOOn of cilantro.

Delicious, but not that healthy.

My mom also makes this awesome watermelon and bacon salad with mint. It sounds gross, but it's awesome.

Yankee Girl said...
July 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM

That spinach blueberry sounds amazing...anything with feta is amazing.

Menopausal New Mom said...
July 29, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Who knew you could cook!!! Feel free to drop by any evening with one of those yummy salads and I'll provide the wine!

BTW, check the local news tonight, hubs is on again if you want a good chuckle :)

The Blue Zoo said...
July 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM

That mango salad sounds good! Except for the fish sauce!? Wth? Does it HAVE to have fish sauce?? =)

Logical Libby said...
July 29, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I love salads for dinner. The only problem is then I'm hungry right before bed. I'll have to try that mango one though...

*LLUVIA* said...
July 30, 2010 at 12:17 AM

YUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

I'm totally hearting the first salad!!! I can do it!!!

gayle said...
July 30, 2010 at 8:20 AM

The both sound so good!! I am making the 2nd one!!

Lori E said...
July 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I just got 20 lbs. of blueberries this morning, I have spinach and feta in the fridge and a great balsamic-fig dressing. I will have to use almonds though because I have no walnuts. I can see dinner is in the bag tonight. thanks