It's zesty thanks to the lime juice, it's got heat from the chilli and it has crunch because of the fresh carrot. Best of all, this is a healthy vegan salad, with no added gluten, no added sugar and no oil. Just fresh ingredients, combined so they complement one another to perfection.
How to make carrot mango salad
To make this carrot mango salad you will need one mango, two carrots, one purple onion, the lime juice from one fresh lime, two chillies, a bit of salt and some chopped coriander (optional).
First you will need to slice the onion as thinly as you can possibly manage. You will need a good, sharp knife and a study chopping board.
Add the onions to a small bowl then add the lime juice over it. Let it marinate for about 15 minutes. This neutralises that sharp onion taste. This is a fun trick I learnt during our trip to Hong Kong. Basically you can eat as much onion as you like, because you won't get the same pungent "onion breath" from this. Besides, it tastes a lot better after being marinated in lime juice.
The next step is to julienne the carrots. If you've never heard this term before, I will explain. This is a term used by chefs when they refer to a specific style of chopping. You know when you see beautiful vegetables cut thinly and beautiful like match sticks? That's totally done by hand and you can do it too. You can watch how to julienne vegetables here.
Once you have your carrots beautifully cut, let's tackle the mango. You have two options here. You can either peel the mango, cut it in half around the pi then slice it into long strips. Or you can simply dice the mango which is usually a lot easier to do as you don't have to peel it beforehand.
Slice the chillies as thinly as you want and set aside. In a large bowl, add the carrots, the mango and the marinated onions including the juice from the marinade. Add the chillies and a pinch of salt.
Mix well. Now it's the time to give your carrot mango salad a taste. Adjust the seasoning if needed. For example, you can add a little more lime juice if you want your salad to be a little zestier. You can add more chillies to it if you want more heat. I normally adjust the salad for my husband I differently also. I like a lot more zing and heat, whereas my husband likes a blander salad.
When it comes to the fresh herbs, we also have our disagreements. I love fresh coriander on top of my salad whereas he prefers parsley.
The beauty of the carrot mango salad is that it's super easy to make and can be adapted to fit your own taste. Did you make any changes to the salad? Let us know in the comments section below.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.