The salad itself calls for four strong flavors: watercress, basil, cilantro AND mint.
I wondered if they'd fight, if one'd overpower the other, if one'd make shy. But instead, they formed a quartet that works as much in concert as in striking their individual notes. Still, if one had to be sacrificed, make it the watercress.
The dressing was a definite keeper, too. There is NOTHING on the grocery store shelves to compare with simple ingredients whisked together in five minutes -- in flavor, in cost, in healthfulness.
The mango was still underripe, despite sitting on the counter in a paper bag for three days. Still, the "bones" were good, mango works beautifully with the dressing.
NUTRITION NOTES ... For carb watchers, make this salad fit your low-carb diet by eliminating the fruit and either eliminating the sugar or switching to Splenda. (Right, Kalyn?)
FROM THE ARCHIVES ... See the Recipe Box for inspiration for other Green Salads.
NAPA CABBAGE, HERB & MANGO SALAD with ASIAN DRESSING
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Hands-on time: 5 minutes for the dressing, 15 minutes for the salad
Time to table: 20 minutes
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil (reduced from 2 tablespoons)
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil (reduced from 1 1/2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup lime juice (tonight, from 4 limes)
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce (this was excellent!)
1 tablespoon sugar (reduced from 2 tablespoons but important)
2 dashes Tabasco
Whisk together ingredients.
1 head Napa cabbage, chopped (about 6 cups)
1 bunch watercress, stems removed, leaves chopped (the inspiring recipe calls for 6 cups, I had maybe 1 cup, it was enough)
1 carrot, grated
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 mango, sliced
Gently toss salad ingredients, then toss in dressing. Top with mango. Serve and enjoy!
Per Serving: 131 Cal (24% from Fat, 9% from Protein, 68% from Carb); 3 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 25 g Carb; 6 g Fiber; NetCarb19; 105 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 402 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 2 points
- When you see this ◄ in the title and the Recipe Box, you know the recipe's a personal favorite. Tastes vary, of course, but the mark is one indication of another vegetable recipe that's worth paying attention to.
Adapted from Gourmet, October 2003