A really light and tasty salad that isn’t heavy in calories, but is definitely heavy on taste. Just enough spice to give it a kick, but plenty of sweetness from the mango to balance it out. You need this Indian Chicken and Mango Salad in your life this summer!
I went for years thinking that fruit with savoury food was just plain weird and the thought of adding fruit to a salad almost sounded criminal to me (you know how passionate I am about my salads). But, that all changed when I had a strawberry and balsamic salad and since then I have been fully on board the fruit-in-salad-train and now it is mango season, it’s time to throw them in your salads.
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There was loads of mangos reduced when I went shopping the other day and never being one to pass up a bargain, I bought them all. I had no need for 8 mangos, but that wasn’t going to stop me. So after putting them in smoothies and having them for snacks, I thought why not put them in a salad. Why have I not done this sooner? I have been missing out!
I know, I keep banging on about how salads shouldn’t be boring, but seriously! There are so many different ways to liven up your salads. I always make sure our salads have some protein in them so that they are filling meals and that’s usually chicken as it’s just easy and easy is how we want our meals at the moment.
The easiest way to add lots of flavour to your meals, without adding lots of calories is with dried herbs and spices. We have a shelf bursting with them (literally – I think the shelf is going to fall down any day now) so we can add loads of flavour to our meals quickly and easily. This chicken was just coated in olive oil and then garam masala and that’s all it needed.
I usually promote making everything from scratch yourself, including sauce, marinades, and spice mixes, but garam masala is just a good mix of spices and no hidden nasties. So, you might as well buy it ready made and save yourself the hassle. It is an essential on our spice shelf.
Every summer I set myself the goal of eating a salad every day and I do pretty well at it, only skipping a day or 2. I think this one if going to be a firm favourite over the summer. It’s colourful, easy, full of protein and a little bit spicy too. Who is going to join me in eating more salads this summer?
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp garam masala
- 1 mango, diced
- A handful of coriander (cilantro), chopped
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- 2 handfuls of mixed green salad
- 6 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 red chilli sliced
Firstly, put the chicken breasts in a freezer bag with the olive oil and garam masala and mix well. Put in a roasting time and cook at 200C for 35-40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
In a bowl, mix together the lettuce, red onion, coriander and then divide between plates.
Once the chicken is cooked, slice it and put on top of the salads and add a quarter of the diced mango.
Finally, in a blender, add the yoghurt, water, lime juice and the rest of the mango and blend until smooth. Spoon over the chicken and top with the chilli.
Are you a fan of fruit on salad? Any delicious combos you want to share?
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