This salad is what happens when you take all of the goods things and put them in a bowl. Because cucumber noodles are delicious. And mangoes should be eaten at every meal possible when they're available. And that means celebrating how DIVINE mangoes pair with the fresh flavours of mint, lime, sesame and chilli. I was inspired by Laura's divine recipe about a year ago, and I've been making variations on it ever since. This version here, with mango and nutty sesame vibes, is by far one of my favs. Everything about this dish oozes summer, even the fact that it takes 5 minutes to pull together.
We've had some wild weather this week, so 24 hours without power (which involved hosting a candlelit but very fun dinner party) combined with a tummy bug earlier in the week has me craving these simple to throw together, light but deeply nourishing meals. I almost can't believe that November is nearly over! Enjoy, lovelies! Stay cool and calm x
LIME + SESAME CUCUMBER NOODLES W MANGO
1 large cucumber or 2 small
1 mango, cheeks removed
1/3 cup (2 handfuls) mixed sprouts
handful fresh mint, sliced
0.5-1 tsp sesame oil
pinch of ground chilli
juice and zest of 1/2 lime
1 tsp sesame seeds
2 tsp tamari
1 avocado, halved, peeled and pitted
Use a julienne peeler or mandolin to (carefully) turn the cucumbers into noodles. Score the mango cheeks in a cross-hatch pattern and turn out (see picture). In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, chilli, juice, zest, seeds and tamari, whisking to combine. Toss the dressing with the noodles, most of the sprouts, and mint.
Place the mango cheek in the bottom of each serving bowl. Place the noodles partially over the mango, pouring any remaining dressing or sprouts evenly between the bowls. Top with more sprouts, avocado, and extra lime wedges if desired. Serve immediately.