Green Mango Salad

  • Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, 2 crushed, 1 thinly sliced
  • 2 Thai bird chiles, stems removed and crushed
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, outer leaves removed, thinly sliced on the bias, plus one 2-inch-thick piece of lemongrass, outer leaves removed, crushed
  • 1 green mango, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons Asian garlic chile sauce or sriracha sauce
  • 1 large grapefruit, peeled, cut into sections with each section cut in half (reserve 1 tablespoon juice)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bunch curly endive or frisee, washed, stemmed, and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 bunch watercress, washed and stemmed
  • 1 shallot, peeled, and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 finger chile, stems removed, and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 10 sprigs fresh mint, washed, leaves picked
  • 10 sprigs fresh cilantro, washed, leaves picked, plus more for garnish
  • 10 sprigs fresh Thai basil, washed, leaves picked
  • 4 tablespoons grated unsweetened coconut, for garnish
  • 1 Thai pickled lemon, diced (optional), for garnish


  1. Make the pickling liquid: Combine white vinegar, sugar, 2 cloves crushed garlic, crushed Thai chiles, and crushed lemongrass in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, and let cool.

  2. Slice down either side of the pit of the mango, forming two halves. Using a mandoline, thinly slice mango halves lengthwise. Add mango to pickling liquid, and pickle for about 30 minutes.

  3. Make dressing: In a medium bowl, combine chile sauce, 1 tablespoon reserved grapefruit juice, and 1 tablespoon pickling liquid. Whisk in olive oil to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper. If too hot, add more pickling liquid.

  4. In a large bowl, mix endive, watercress, shallot, sliced lemongrass, sliced garlic, finger chile, mint, cilantro, and basil leaves. Add half of the grapefruit pieces; toss. Add dressing to salad, and toss. Drain the pickled mango; set aside.

  5. Divide salad equally among four plates. Divide the pickled mango equally, and place on top and around greens. Garnish each plate with remaining grapefruit pieces, 1 tablespoon shredded coconut, Thai pickled lemon, and remaining cilantro sprigs. Serve immediately.


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