Sep 3, 2010

Mango Bell Pepper Slaw

Mango Bell Pepper Slaw

I’m back on my mango fix just one more time before summer is over and I’m on to my new fall food crush! I saw this recipe on smitten kitchen a few weeks back, when I was REALLY into mangos, and told Jor that we just HAD to make this slaw! I decided what would go better with this than a good ole turkey burger and the homemade shoestring french fries that I shared just a day or two ago with y’all. Even better, a good friend was coming over for dinner and I thought this would be a great meal that was easy and had high hopes of being quite delicious. Unfortunately my plans to make this meal fell through and were pushed back a few days, which only left my anticipation and excitement for the meal to grow. Turkey burger night is one of my favorites (especially with homemade rolls, as was planned for this wonderful meal!) and then the homemade french fries with side of mango slaw…my mouth is watering just typing that out! Well, needless to say this meal was completely worth the wait!! And the slaw, FANTASTIC! I’m always looking for new things to pair with our burgers besides the typical baked beans and potatoes of some variation and this slaw did the trick! It’s a perfect addition to any picnic or cook out and if either is on your event list for the holiday weekend I would highly recommend you add this slaw to your food menu! All the fresh flavors will give you that last taste of summer before we find ourselves wanting to trade out the cold side dishes for the steamy bowls of hearty soups!

You’ll only need a few ingredients and patience for the slicing involved!


(Adapted from smitten kitchen. Serves 4 side dishes of slaw.)

  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 small head of Napa cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced thinly
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/8 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • sprinkle of red pepper flakes, optional
  • fresh mint leaves

This dish requires NO COOKING! Instead there is slicing! Start by slicing the cabbage and red and yellow peppers very thinly. You want the slices to be as thin as possible so that you have the typical slaw consistency. I left my mango as my last task. Peel the mango (I was able to use a heavy duty peeler) and then carefully cut the mango into very thin slices to match the other veggies. Put the slices of mango and veggies in a large mixing bowl. This all takes a little extra patience and care but I promise the end result is all worth it! Not only will your slaw look wonderful it will also taste delicious!

In a small bowl or glass you want to mix the rice vinegar, olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes and lime juice. Give everything a good stir and then pour it into the mixing bowl with the sliced mango and veggies. Give everything a nice toss and then add in some of the mint leaves. The mint adds a fantastically wonderful fresh flavor! I let the slaw sit for about 20 minutes in the fridge to really bring all the flavors together but you can also serve it right away. I’m sure it will be just as tasty!

Mango bell pepper slaw with turkey burger and homemade shoestring fries!

I think that may be the end of my mango craze! For now at least! Home for me is the south, which means winter is never really in full swing compared to what I endured in Chicago for a few years. Grilling out is no where in the vocab or the imagination when you walk to work in -20 degree wind chills and the wind makes your eyes tear and your lungs burn just a bit! Quite the opposite here in the southern winter is a balmy 40 degree day, which allows the grill to remain an option, especially when your boyfriend is from Michigan! However, even if it is an option, grilling burgers with the tasty salw or baked bean side kicks just isn’t the same in the winter. We’ve got to enjoy these dishes that scream summer during the last few days that we have left! I’ve got to say farewell to my mango and look forward to the wonderful flavors fall has to offer! For now, that’s mango bell pepper slaw…in the shell of a nut!

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