Eggplant + Green Mango Salad

What do you get when you cross the mentalities of Vietnamese green mango, Greek pan-fried eggplant and a Thai dressing? This happy conglomerate of a salad.

When living in Newtown I frequently endured sad days of having very little food, however, if there was ever an eggplant in the house there was always a meal. Versatile, robust, damn good. It’s saved my hungry butt on many occasions; a symbol of hope and prosperity in financially dark times. My eggplant repertoire is vast and beautiful.

My friend Andrew graced my humble, ethnic hands with some green mangoes and some of his mum’s homemade chili salt the other day after I was banging on about how great it was eating it all the time in Bangkok (get a load of this white guy over here) so to pay tribute to my classic whatever’s in the fridge plus eggplant style of cooking I combined the two. Apologies to all of the traditional dishes that just got owned by my bastardised cooking but I promise it really is fresh and nice and all of those good things. This serves 2 or more mash-up hungry friends.

Eggplant + Green Mango Salad
(an original recipe)

1 eggplant, diced
1 green mango
2 tbs sesame seeds
3 tbs sesame oil

Dressing
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tsp fish sauce
Juice of 1/2 lime
Pinch of sugar
Pinch of chili salt (optional)

1. Peel the green mango and slice into thin strips. Alternatively if you have one of those cool graters that does the job for you, use that. Place in fridge to cool.
2 Heat sesame oil in a large pan on high heat. Add eggplant and continue to toss until nicely browned and tender (around 5-10 minutes). Add some extra oil if required.
3. In a smaller pan lightly toast sesame seeds until browned slightly. Transfer into a bowl to cool.
4. Combine all dressing ingredients to taste. In a bowl toss eggplant, sliced mango and half of the sesame seeds. Add dressing to taste, toss and transfer to plate. Garnish with remaining sesame seeds.

With eggplant comes great responsibility versatility. Never forget.

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  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme’s avatar

    What a ridiculously good looking salad. I love a green mango salad but never thought to adapt it (that’s only because dad makes it for me :D). Think I may just have to try this simple salad for myself. I’m already drooling!

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  2. Christine @ Cooking Crusade’s avatar

    This looks like a beautiful salad Alana. I absolutely LOVE eggplant myself too!

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  3. Purabi Naha’s avatar

    Wow, I have never had this. Eggplant plus green mango is a new combination for me to try out. Looks delish!

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  4. Belinda @themoonblushbaker’s avatar

    Thank you for this recipe! I have a bunch of green mangoes that I had no idea how to use. This looks tasty, easy and refreshing.

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  5. jessica’s avatar

    forgive me for saying this but i pretty much never eat eggplant! i think i’ve only had it a few times in my life so based on this post it’s a magical vegetable that really i’m missing out on! i’ll endeavour to eat eggplant sometime in the near future and report back with my findings, just for you!

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  6. Vivian - vxdollface’s avatar

    I love this mash-up! But I’m a little bias because I have a soft spot for eggplant :)

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  7. Juliana’s avatar

    What an interesting and refreshing combination! Eggplant and green mango…I love the combination of veggies and fruits.
    Have a great week!

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