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Green Mango Salad


My sweet mango pies! It seems like eons upon eons since I offered you fresh off the skillet (or in this case, fresh out of the spiral slicer) recipe for you. It actually has been. Well the next few that I have for you are uber awesome treats. For New Year’s eve, the man was feeling a tad under the weather and the yoga evening I had wanted to join was all full up. Instead I decided to cook up the best ever from scratch dinner. The inspiration started with these treats we had on Kauai- tofu potstickers. I’ll get to those next week.

In order to fill out the meal- there needed to be more. So I scooted along the Thai theme until I came up with two other dishes.  Green mango salad was one of them.

As I was researching recipes and dressings, I came across an ingredient I had never heard of before. I love when that happens. Even after doing this for five years, I love that I still get to keep exploring and discovering. It’s a bit like being a painter and discovering a new colour exists and then you want to go back to all of your past paintings and splash it on.  The ingredient that kept popping up was sambal oelek. You know it?

When I first read it, I was all negative nelly thinking I was going to have to run around the city trying to track this down. Sambal is really just a blend of chili peppers. I never actually use is a chilis because of the time I nearly exploded my whole face.

I have three exciting things to share about sambal (which may or may not be the new name for my first child/pet- whatever comes first).

  1. It makes using chili peppers in cooking unbelievably easy.
  2. I picked it up, no problemo, at my local health food store. No city adventures needed.
  3. It gave the most amazing flavourful zing to my dish, without my face exploding, fear of touching my eyes, bits or pieces. From jar, to spoon, to dressing. LOVE it!
Now- for some ideas to do with this Mango Salad. Were I to make it again I would…
And let me tell you, creating this salad also gave me an awesome new use for my spiral slicer. Yep. I turned the green mango into awesome noodles using this. I just spiralled each side until I got to the pit and then did the next size. So easy and I got these super profesh, evenly sized noodles.
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Green Mango Salad

  • Author: Meghan Telpner




  • 2 green mangos (that means unripe)
  • 1/2 package kelp noodles (optional), rinsed
  • 2 Tbs sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced thin and soaked in cold water for 15 minutes (helps cut down on the bad breath effect)

Ginger Lime Dressing

  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbs coconut crystals
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp, grated ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp sambal oelek (or 1 tsp medium red chili, minced, or cayenne to taste)
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Spiral slice (or cut into long thin matchsticks), your green mangos.
  2. Mix together with kelp noodles, sesame seeds, mint leaves, and red onion.
  3. In a blender, blend together the sauce ingredients.
  4. Taste dressing for flavours. You may want to add more sweet or more spice depending on your preference.
  5. Just before serving, combine the dressing with the mango, red onion, green chili, most of the sesame seeds and most of the herbs.
  6. Garnish with the remaining sesame seeds and herbs.
  • Category: Salad
Question Of The Day: Are you in to chili peppers? Ever tried this sambal goodness?

19 responses to “Green Mango Salad”

  1. TREVOR JOHNSTON (@trevmoy) (@trevmoy) (@trevmoy) (@trevmoy) (@trevmoy) says:

    Recipe Thai-m: Thai This On With A Green Mango: My sweet mango pies! It seems like eons upon eons since I offere…

  2. Joanne says:

    Yes I have. The Shanti Retreat puts it out as a condiment at every meal. They even sell it in their gift store!! Spiiicyyy goodness!

  3. Deborah says:

    I’ve been using sambal oelek for 25+ years now (wow, I’m old!). I’d say we go through about an 18oz jar every other month as all three of us are crazy about spicy food.
    Mango salad is one of my absolute favourites! I also like to add a minced Thai bird chile to give it an ever bigger spice hit and I always use some fish sauce in my dressing. YUM, you’ve inspired me to make one :-)

  4. K says:

    yes, was introduced to it at a cooking school a few years ago, it’s grrrrreat!

  5. Kristin says:

    This looks fantastic! I love me some sambal :)

  6. Victoria says:

    Definitely trying out this recipe! I love mangoes. Also what a coincidence — I picked up a jar of sambal oelek from my local ethnic foods store on Monday. The taste is delicious, and it’s great because there is no sugar used — just pure ground chili goodness.

  7. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) says:

    Escape winter, head to Thailand (at least your mouth can!) #recipe

  8. eva @VegucatingMyKid says:

    thanks for telling me that a green mango is just an un-ripe mango!…i don’t know how i never knew that…and i never remembered long enough to google green mangos and where to buy them after eating at my favorite thai restaurant…

  9. OrderIt (@orderit) says:

    looks like a great healthy optionRT @meghantelpner: Did you check out my delicious take on green mango salad? #recipe

  10. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) says:

    Perfect weekend recipe – gobble it up and enjoy the goodness #recipe #thai

  11. Hannah says:

    I must admit, I’ve never had green mango before. The flavors here sound fantastic though, and I still have kelp noodles in the fridge, so this may be just the perfect introduction.

  12. Jennifer Hardie says:

    This looks yummy, I just bought a spiralizer and have a whole new love relationship with zucchini but I can’t imagine how I would adapt it to a mango??? Perhaps you have a different model, mine is a hand held device that you twist the zucchini into. What are you using to spiralize a mango?

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