Summer Mango Fire Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Summer Mango Fire Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Recipe by Dragon

Serves: 2 mains

This salad is summer to me. It is a perfect blend of sweet, salty, sour and hot. I call this a fire salad, not just because it's a bit spicy, but because it looks like a fire in a bowl with the vibrant colours of the mango, peppers and onion. I worked on this one all last summer and I think I finally have it right. Enjoy!

If you don't like shrimp, you can substitute it with 2 chicken breasts. Just remember to marinate the chicken for at least an hour before you grill it. The salad is also great on its own; just save the extra dressing for another night.


1/4 cup cilantro, loosely packed
1/4 cup mint, loosely packed
zest of 1 lime
juice of 2 limes
juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of hot pepper flakes (optional, depending on how much heat you like)
1/8 teaspoon of Tabasco/hot sauce (optional, depending on how much heat you like)

1 mango (ripe but still firm), sliced into long strips
1/3 red pepper, sliced into long strips
1/3 yellow pepper, sliced into long strips
1/3 orange pepper, sliced into long strips
1/2 small red onion, sliced very thinly
12 large shrimp, cleaned and shelled

1. Finely chop the cilantro and mint together.

2. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients.

3. Take 1/2 the dressing and add it to the shrimp in a glass bowl. Mix well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to marinate for a 1/2 hour.

4. Toss together mango, peppers, and onions with the remaining dressing. Refrigerate until the shrimp is grilled.

5. Grill/sauté the shrimp until they are plump and pink. Be careful not to overcook them.

6. Serve the salad with the warm shrimp on top.


amandalouden said...

that looks really great

Vera said...

It is certainly very bright and summery! No doubts about its deliciousness.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

Vibrant, summery salad! Looks so yummy!

Peter M said...

Dragon, this has ingredients are adore and it has the three components to make a dish tasty...heat, sweetness and savory...and pfft...who doesn't like shrimp?

Lore said...

The coulours of the salad are simply amazing!

Thistlemoon said...

This looks amazingly fantastic! I just got some shrimp and I always have mango in the fridge! This is a great combination of flavors!

Lo said...

That's just downright gorgeous. And there's really nothing better than shrimp in the summertime -- so it's got that going for it besides!

Anonymous said...

It's so beautiful! The colors just pop! Thanks for posting this!

Adam said...

Your pics are awesome. I love the color of the shrimp on the vegetables. Who doesn't like shrimp or mangoes? Them be fighting words :)

Dragon said...

amandalouden: Thanks!

vera: You need to see it in real life. I don't think photos can do it justice.

js: Don't you just love summer?

peter: Give it a try. You'll love it.

lore: Thanks, babe!

Jen: Give it a try!

Lo: I agree!

Noble: You're welcome and thank you.

Dragon said...

Adam: Definitely!

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't mind having this any day of the year. I'm really liking that mango pepper salad.

test it comm said...

That looks so good! Nice and light and tasty.

Jeanne said...

Oh my WORD, that salad looks good! I am thinking this as a salsa on tuna steaks tonight might be the way forward...

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