Insalata di mango, cipolle e cetrioli
Try this mango onion cucumber salad topped with crisp fried pancetta for a refreshing combination of sweet salt and savoury. You won’t be disappointed.
Generally speaking, I prefer locally grown fruits and vegetables, but hypocrisy prevails when the supermarket once in a blue moon offers fresh mangos. Green mango is great in homemade pickles and chutneys. Ripe mango is perfect for lassi, ice cream and smoothies. And salads made with raw mango pieces stand out as something different, new and refreshing. Like other great combinations of fruit and veggies such as apricot and onion salad or pomegranate with fennel
As an example try this mango onion cucumber salad. It is really very good.
1 red onion
1 long cucumber or 2 short ones
4 slices of cured ham (pancetta, prosciutto crudo, speck or coppa)
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
Fry the ham in a little olive oil until it is crispy and curly. Leave it to cool on absorbent kitchen paper.
Clean and cube cucumbers (the short south European version should be peeled and cored before use, while longer north European cucumbers can be used as is).
Peel and slice the onion finely.
Peel and cut the mango in appropriately sized dices.
Mix the mango onion cucumber salad, sprinkle with vinegar and top with fried ham before serving.