Did you know that mangoes are the world's favorite fruit? Here, just in time for warmer weather, fresh mango is paired with cooked chicken and a touch of curry for a delicious -- but still light -- chicken salad.
"... this was delicious! ... Soo delicious and satisfying!" ~ Lynessa
Last fall, a shopper was woman-handling the peaches at a nearby grocery, squeezing one then another for ripeness. "The produce here is terrible," she complained loudly to no one in particular. I attempted to explain, “It's past-season for peaches." She stared my way as if I were daft and answered with ferocity. "Not anymore. You can get them all year."
So we can. But that doesn’t mean we should, not when the peach orchards of Missouri and southern Illinois bear juicy-sweet fruit all July and August, plenty time for gorging.
But what about fruit that doesn’t grow nearby? How much should ‘season’ matter when fruit is imported from California or Mexico?
I asked these questions while peeling and cutting mangoes these past few weeks, breathing deeply to capture the unfamiliar scent, licking my fingers to capture the stickiness. If Missourians were strict locavores, we’d forego artichokes, bananas, lemons, oranges, figs, blueberries, cherries and … and … and …
The locavore movement is all well and good but who wants to give up tropical fruit? Mangoes remind me to be grateful for global food distribution. Surely, surely, there’s room in our world for swapping mangoes and peaches.
MANGO CHICKEN SALAD
Time to table: 1 hour
- 1/4 cup low-fat yogurt
- 1 tablespoon mango chutney
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 tablespoon good mustard
- Zest & juice of a lime
- 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 pound cooked chicken breast, cubed (no cooked chicken on hand? here's how to poach chicken breasts)
- 1 mango, peeled and cubed quite small
- 2 green onions, white and green parts, chopped
- Lettuce leaves
Combine sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in the chicken, mango and green onions. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let flavors meld. Arrange atop lettuce leaves and serve with fruit or feta slices.
ALANNA’s TIPS If you can’t find fresh mangoes, look for jars of mango slices in the produce section of larger supermarkets. Trader Joe’s some times has bags of frozen mango pieces, they’re great.
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