Cucumber Mango Salad Boat

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Deliciously refreshing salad includes English cucumber, mango, feta cheese and red onion is tossed in a garliky ranch-style dressing.  Heaping spoon fulls of the salad is then layered on a romaine lettuce leaf in the style of boat.  More flavor is added with the topping of alfalfa-radish sprouts.  Healthy and filling makes this is a great light lunch with a dinner role or even a side salad.

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See how it's made: 

The Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 - 12" long English cucumber, chopped into 1/2" wide triangles

  • 1 whole mango, chopped about 1/2" cubes

  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese

  • 3 Tablespoons red onions, chopped very small

  • Alfalfa-radish sprouts

  • 6-7 leaves romaine lettuce, separated, washed, crisped with ends cut off

Preparation:

Assemble the first four ingredients in a bowl.  Toss.  Add 5 tablespoons of the ranch-style dressing (recipe below).  Mix well.  Using a knife, spread a little ranch-style dressing over each leaf lettuce.  Spoon the salad mix on the leaf lettuce and top with the sprouts.

Ingredients for Ranch-Style Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt

  • 3 medium size garlic cloves, pressed or minced

  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • Fresh dill, snip in about a 1 teaspoon

  • Kosher salt and white pepper to taste

Preparation:

Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a medium-size bowl.  Chill and use as desired.  Yields about 1/2 cup.

Notes:

  1. English cucumbers have little to no seeds. They are a bit more expensive than regular cucumbers; however, it's worth the additional cost. If you cannot find English cucumbers, of course, substitute with the regular cucumbers.

  2. When cutting mangos, slice down on the sides that are wider and more flatter. Mangoes are wonderfully sweet and delicious but the down side is the very larger seeds.

  3. This ranch-style salad dressing if based on Dave Lieberman's ranch dressing (from Food Network) and is great as is on a wedge of lettuce. Where he adds chive, I add dill. Where he adds white vinegar, I add white wine vinegar. My substitutions, I believe, best compliment the cucumber and mango.

 

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This is an estimated nutional value for cucumber mango salad.  Note that the estimate also includes the dressing.  Salt is not includeded.


Enjoy!

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