Satisfying, fresh and simple to prepare, serve this antipasto salad at your next soirée.
It was around this time last year that I visited Thailand. Several breathtaking days were spent in Phuket and touring the exquisite Phi Phi Islands. The movie, The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio helped make these islands especially famous (which I’m sure many of the locals are now cursing). The most well-known beach, “Maya Bay” is home to a few rangers who help to protect the land.
Some of the best snorkelling can also be experienced here and monkey viewing if you’re into that. Monkeys can be seen from the shores of Monkey Beach. Sadly, these animals have become somewhat reliant on boating tourists to feed them. Our guide informed us that visitors will throw food and even bottles of beer and soda onto the beach.
Astonishingly, these little guys have even learned to open bottles. I was glad to see that some of the guides are discouraging it and are trying to educate travellers on such actions.
After exploring and sampling many of the local tasty and fragrant foods, the remainder of the trip was spent in Bangkok which was like going from zero to 100 in seconds, but that’s a whole other story…
Italian-Thai Mango Salad
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 large ripe mangos
¼ small sweet red onion
Handful of fresh mint & basil
5 thinly cut slices of prosciutto
Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
Fresh lime juice to taste
- Bake prosciutto for a few minutes until crisp, watch carefully not to burn. Set aside and break apart once cooled.
- Cut mango into chunks and halve some of the cherry tomatoes, keeping some whole. Thinly slice about a quarter of a red onion.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then plate onto a platter. Squeeze some lime juice to taste and drizzle olive oil over top.
Milk & Marigolds Says…
Keep tomatoes out of the fridge to help develop full flavour. If you don’t have lime, substitute with lemon.
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For the most part, I like to think I demonstrate a healthy measure of self-control. For instance, I’ve learned to avoid getting groceries while ravenous and that shopping for a new wardrobe after consuming a few cocktails is not always the brightest idea (although that leather jacket really does go with everything).
But catch me in the checkout aisles of a certain department store where the latest “As Seen On TV” culinary tools and toys are displayed, and I’m put to the test. I mean, who can honestly resist a vegetable spiralizer named The Veggetti?
Smooth and creamy, this dip is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Bring it to that swiftly approaching potluck or serve it at your next soirée. Pair this deliciously healthy dip with corn chips, fresh veggies or spread it on sandwiches or burger buns.
Recently, while visiting my local health food grocer, I stumbled across a box full of bagged microgreens. I had never used them before so I decided to purchase them, as they were just too darn cute and colourful to pass up. Perfect as a garnish I thought to myself! Little, delicate edible gardens.
When I sprinkled the microgreens on my supper that evening, I was surprised by how flavourful they were. I took at closer look at the label to find that the mix comprised of baby sunflower shoots, pea shoots, radishes, beets, mustard, and kale.
Baby kale & frisée salad with figs, herbed goat-cheese & prosciutto in a olive oil & a balsamic reduction dressing. Fresh, simple and delicious; this salad is the perfect melody of flavours.
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