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Cucumber Mango Salad

Most of the salads I make are some sort of variations of things on top of lettuce. Not that I like lettuce much – it’s just that it doesn’t have many calories so it’s a good filler.

I did make a few salads that were not lettuce-based:

All of which more or less I liked.

Time for another one, a bit of a sweet version.

Cucumber Mango Salad

It’s an interesting balance and maybe more of an acquired taste. I didn’t love it and also didn’t hate it.

The onion and mango make for an interesting interplay, while the cooked tomato counters the freshness of the mango.


It takes about 30-35 minutes to make, most of it waiting for cooked ingredients to cool down.

The ingredients below serve 6 assuming you serve it as a side to something. If by itself, I am not sure it works as the serving size is 2/3 cup - like who eats by the small measure?!


  • 2 cups thinly sliced English cucumber (about 1 cucumber)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 2 cups chopped seeded tomato (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded red jalapeöo pepper (about 1)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded green jalapeöo pepper (about 1)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • 1 3/4 cups diced peeled ripe mango (about 1)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a colander; toss gently. Let stand at least 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high head.
    Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.
    Add tomato and next 8 ingredients (through ground cloves) to pan;
    sauté 5 minutes or until tomato is tender.
    Remove from heat; cool to room temperature (about 20 minutes).
  3. Combine drained cucumber mixture, tomato mixture, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl;
    toss gently to combine.

Serves 6 (serving size: 2/3 cup)

  • calories 95;
  • fat 349 (sat 0.5g, mono 1.5g, poly 1.1mg);
  • protein 28g;
  • carb 15.9g;
  • fiber 2.9g;
  • cholesterol 0mg;
  • iron 0.7mg; sodium 204mg; calcium 31mg
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