Fig and Mango Salad


This salad was inspired by a recent shopping expedition at Brent Cross in London. Having often made do with whatever sandwich I can find so that I can return as quickly as I can to the task at hand (ie an urgent shoe hunt), I was excited to come across a hitherto unnoticed place serving a massive array of salads and huge toasted panini or foccaccia sandwiches. I was also delighted to see my mother-in-law polish off her entire (and very generously portioned) salad.

The dressing is mine – coconut and cummin to add a bit of an eastern touch which I think goes well with the tropical fruit. And I believe the restaurant served their figs and mango on a bed of arugula, whereas I use spinach and have added some pine nuts and toasted pumpkin seeds for bite.

Salad
spinach, bed of
mango, a ripe one, sliced
fig, sliced, 2
pine nuts
pumpkin seeds, toasted

Salad dressing
yoghurt, full fat, 4 tbsp
coconut milk (optional), 2 tbsp
rice wine vinegar – 1 tbsp (or lemon juice)
poppy seeds, 1 tbsp (roast them first)
cummin, ground – 3/4 tsp
salt and pepper, to taste
canola oil, 2 tbsp (optional)

Layer the salad, spinach first, arrange mango and figs as you wish
Sprinkle the seeds over
Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad. Yum!

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July 23, 2008. Tags: , , . Salads, Sides, Spring, Summer, Vegetables, Vegetarian.

4 Comments

  1. Madeleine replied:

    What a great idea. I’ve done fig and arugula with balsamico vinegar before, but never tried using mango.I love the poppy seed and cummin combo as well.

  2. Diva Indoors replied:

    Thank you Madeleine.. shame figs and mango aren’t in season all year round. :)

  3. Suzy replied:

    Hi Diva Indoors!Your blog looks fabulous. I feel quite ashamed at the small selection that I offer my kids on a weekly basis – but I feel inspired now to experiment a bit more. Congratulations on a great blogspot.Suzy xPS: Where in Brent Cross did you find that salad? Was it Carluccio’s?

  4. Diva Indoors replied:

    Thank you Suzy! You are too kind :) It could well have been Carluccio’s – this is an excuse to go there again and find out! Not that I have any interest in shopping or anything.. xo

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