Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mango and Corn Salad with a Lime Vinaigrette


Mangos and corn are plentiful at the market right now and this salad is a great way to take advantage of them. This colorful salad combines mangos with corn, baby yellow and red tomatoes, cucumbers and basil, tossed with some arugula and dressed with a simple and light lime vinaigrette. Here is a helpful link on how to pick out mangos.

As you read the instructions, you’ll notice that the corn is not cooked in this recipe. If you prefer to cook it, I would suggest you just quickly blanch it with some boiling water and cook it ever-so-slightly for only a minute or two. Along with the cucumber, it is the corn that gives this salad a nice crunchy texture. If you can find yellow and red baby tomatoes, so much the better for presentation. This salad would make a great summertime entertaining dish. Enjoy!



Mango and Corn Salad with a Lime Vinaigrette
Adapted from Southern Living – serves 6 to 8

2 mangos, peeled and cut into thin slices
1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels
1 ½ cups halved, seeded, and sliced English cucumber
1 ½ cups halved baby tomatoes, preferably heirlooms
½ cup diced red onion
½ cup chopped fresh basil
4 cups fresh arugula

Lime vinaigrette:
¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
½ cup canola or vegetable oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl gently toss together the mangos, corn, cucumber, tomatoes, and diced red onion. Cover and chill two hours. In a jar with a tight fitting lid, make the vinaigrette by adding the vinegar, sugar, lime juice, garlic and canola oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Shake well to combine and set aside. Just before serving, toss the basil with the mango and corn salad, then toss with arugula and the vinaigrette. Serve right away.




This will be shared with Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farms, Miz Helen’s Country Kitchen Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday at Simple Recipes, and Seasonal Sunday at the Tablescaper.

Have a great weekend everyone.

40 comments:

  1. All I need is the mango. This sounds delicious and is beautiful on the plate.
    I love the salads of summer!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. It looks wonderful Sam. I have a hard time finding good mangoes here. They are usually hard and tasteless. I started using peaches in my salsas etc instead. Do you have any tips on picking out good mangoes?

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    1. Hi Penny,
      Peaches sound fabulous in place of mangos. I find a lot of mangos to be hard too, especially during their off season. I smell them and if I can't find one that has a smell, I buy ones with a little color on them (although the link below says that their color doesn't matter), take them home, and let them sit out until they begin to soften. Or quite often, I ask the green grocer to pick one out for me.

      I put mangos in the same category as avocados as far as finding just the right one at the store. Sometimes you have to wait a day or two (or three) for them to ripen. Here's a link to how to pick out the right mango: http://www.mango.org/retail/how-choose-mango
      Sam

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    2. I just added the link on how to pick out a mango to the post. Thanks for the question Penny. I'm sure it will help others too.

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  3. Your little heirlooms:)

    I really enjoy lime Sam..in vinaigrettes ..salsas.. and I find with mangoes it gives them a nice citrusy kick!

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  4. What a refreshing salad Sam. I will have to go to that link on picking out good Mangoes. Thanks. Have a great weekend.

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  5. A beautiful salad! Wonderfully fresh, flavorful and colorful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. I love all the colors in this. It looks wonderful. I meant to tell you I made your pork tenderloin with peach salsa the other night and everyone agreed it was delicious. :)

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  7. Beautiful colours and wonderful flavours...a real taste of summer, Sam.

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  8. It's gorgeous Sam and a great use of summers bounty.

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  9. Another gorgeous salad Sam, love the idea of a lime vinaigrette! If I'm not careful you're going to have me eating healthy:@)

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  10. Sounds delicious, Sam. I grew up with a mango tree in the back yard, and mango is my favorite fruit.

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  11. So delicious, fresh and healthy. Great tips on the mango!
    Mary x

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  12. Now that is the sort of salad my husband would eat. Lettuce he says is rabbit food :-) Hope all well with you Diane

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  13. I could eat both of those servings. I use the greengrocer to pick out my avocado. I think they think I am a little strange, but they usually warm up to me. I always say pick one of those you would take to your Mother. It works pretty well. I do the same with fish.

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  14. This looks WONDERFUL, a salad I could eat every day and not get tired of. I just can't seem to get enough of the sweet delicious corn this year. I really like it uncooked too.

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  15. What a perfect salad, Sam! I like everything about it and it makes a pretty presentation, too. Love mango!

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  16. Corn is in season in this area and one of the more affordable vegetables, so I've been enjoying quite a bit of it this summer< Sam. I will have to try this delicious looking salad!

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  17. This just screams summer, Sam! The corn and the mango are so bright they make me smile instantly!

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  18. Hello Sam
    I was so inspired I made a version of this tonight. Thanks for sharing this

    Helenxx

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  19. This salad is so beautiful, it should be painted. I'm quite in love with your photo! I have passed by mango at the grocery, completely at a loss for ideas. My DH brought home fresh corn, so I will try your salad this weekend. Thanks for always inspiring us at Foodie Friday!

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  20. That is so gorgeous, the only thing that I would change would be to use grilled corn, just because I love that charred corn flavor.

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  21. Hi Sam! Oh my ~ this is almost too pretty to eat, the colors are so vibrant and I love the idea of the combination of these flavors (the lime is perfect with it.)
    Thank you for sharing!

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  22. My yellow and green cherry tomato plants are just starting to ripen and soon we'll have fresh Wisconsin corn at the farmers market so I definitely want to keep a copy of this - it sounds delicious!

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  23. I have only just discovered how wonderful it is to put mangoes into savory dishes. This looks too good!

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  24. Sam you so get how to make food flavorful without adding fat... just reading this recipe I can tell the taste just pops... thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

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  25. Now I know why my Sous Chef wants to leave. I'm going out to get some fresh corn. Everything else is in the fridge. Tonight, tonight!

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  26. Hi Sam,
    You are so right this will be a great dish for entertaining. It has wonderful color and flavor, can't wait to put it on the table here at the cottage.

    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  27. This looks absolutely delightful!

    Lovely to have have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  28. If it's from Southern Living, I know it has to be good! It sounds delicious with the lime, Sam and I'm looking forward to making it. Thanks for the recipe!

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  29. i love adding corn to my cold salads and this salad of yours looks incredible especially with the vinaigrette! I am a sucker for lime flavor and it is perfect in this salad. Brings out the freshness of the other veggies!

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  30. Now that's a beautiful salad! Great combination of ingredients and fresh corn is so good this year. I'm definitely making this. Thanks for a great post!

    Bill
    www.southernboydishes.com

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  31. what a fresh and healthy salad, love love love the way you two eat

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  32. I've been such a bad commenter . . . I had to go back a few posts to catch up!!! I love your Garlicky Hot Pepper Shrimp with Chipotle Mayonnaise & Herb-Tossed Corn - how can you go wrong with shrimp & corn!

    The get together with "Big Dude" looks like it was a blast, especially the watermelon spitting contest! LOL!!! Boy, Larry knows BBQ! Those ribs look amazing! I wish I had the patience to cook them!

    I'm going to have to look into Gena Knox cookbook, those sandwiches look delicious!

    Your mango corn salad looks so good. I can just taste the sweetness of the corn and mango with the tartness of the lime! So yummy!

    Thank you Sam for all these great posts!!! Have a wonderful week!

    Mary

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  33. OMG! That is a stunning summer salad....Wow.

    Velva

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  34. You have such a way with salads! And everything's better with mangoes.

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  35. Your salad looks delicious!! =)
    Im always looking for new healthy recipes.

    Im a new GFC follower!

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  36. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a good week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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  37. Mangos with lime is such a flavorful combination and I love how you added the corn to this salad too! I read your tip above on how to select mangos and really appreciate that advice, since I find it hard to find fresh mangos anywhere outside of their natural environment! Thanks Sam!

    xo
    Roz

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  38. Wow! This sounds like a wonderful and flavorful summer salad!

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