Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fig and Mango Salad

This salad was inspired by a recent shopping expedition at Brent Cross in London. Having often made do with whatever sandwich I can find so that I can return as quickly as I can to the task at hand (ie an urgent shoe hunt), I was excited to come across a hitherto unnoticed place serving a massive array of salads and huge toasted panini or foccaccia sandwiches. I was also delighted to see my mother-in-law polish off her entire (and very generously portioned) salad.

The dressing is mine - coconut and cummin to add a bit of an eastern touch which I think goes well with the tropical fruit. And I believe the restaurant served their figs and mango on a bed of arugula, whereas I use spinach and have added some pine nuts and toasted pumpkin seeds for bite.

spinach, bed of
mango, a ripe one, sliced
fig, sliced, 2
pine nuts
pumpkin seeds, toasted

Salad dressing
yoghurt, full fat, 4 tbsp
coconut milk (optional), 2 tbsp
rice wine vinegar - 1 tbsp (or lemon juice)
poppy seeds, 1 tbsp (roast them first)
cummin, ground - 3/4 tsp
salt and pepper, to taste
canola oil, 2 tbsp (optional)

Layer the salad, spinach first, arrange mango and figs as you wish
Sprinkle the seeds over
Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad. Yum!


Madeleine said...

What a great idea. I've done fig and arugula with balsamico vinegar before, but never tried using mango.I love the poppy seed and cummin combo as well.

Diva Indoors said...

Thank you Madeleine.. shame figs and mango aren't in season all year round. :)

Suzy said...

Hi Diva Indoors!

Your blog looks fabulous. I feel quite ashamed at the small selection that I offer my kids on a weekly basis - but I feel inspired now to experiment a bit more. Congratulations on a great blogspot.

Suzy x

PS: Where in Brent Cross did you find that salad? Was it Carluccio's?

Diva Indoors said...

Thank you Suzy! You are too kind :) It could well have been Carluccio's - this is an excuse to go there again and find out! Not that I have any interest in shopping or anything.. xo