Mango Caprese Salad

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Mango Caprese Salad is a summer twist to the classic caprese, which is made with boccacini and tomatoes, here we replace the tomatoes with the king of fruits, mango! A caprese salad is a fresh and no frills salad with tomatoes, basil boccaccini and balsamic reduction. The soft cheese, and the sour tomatoes work some magic together and its one of the simplest yet widely liked salads. 

A balsamic reduction is just a reduced version of balsamic vinegar which goes very well in salads. That and basil pesto also form a very good combination and elements in salad toppings and dressings. I was first introduced to this twise at Grand Mercure when they were hosting a Mango Mania festival, where every course has mangoes as an element. Since then me and Apsy were wanting to try it at home and here we were. 

Foodhall has been my adda for good ingredients always, and when they send me a hamper, i have to use it to my hearts content. I wanted to use the olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, the sun dried tomatoes. Then i picked some gorgeous looking alphonsos, and a pack of Impero Boccaccini from Foodhall, and i was all set. This is a super easy to put together salad if u have all the ingredients in place. 

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe alphonso mangoes peeled and scoopes into semi circles
  • 4-5 balls of Imperio boccacini cut into 2 semicircles
  • 2 tbsp Aceto balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6-7 leaves of basil lemon 
  • 2 slices of Sacla sundried tomatoes 
  • 1-2 tsp basil pesto
  • handful of micro herbs (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare a balsamic reduction, take a small pan, add the balsamic vinegar, and sugar and heat until it thickens a little and set aside. 
  2. Add 2 pinches of salt, and a pinch of pepper to the oil and set aside.
  3. Place mango slices, boccacini, and basil leaves and sundried tomatoes, randomly in a plate as you like. (i have used a melon scooper to cut the mangoes, but mangoes cut in any shape is alright.)
  4. Sprinkle drops of balsamic reduction and olive oil over the salad arrangement, and save the remaining to be passed while serving. 
  5. If you are using the pesto, sprinkle some of the pesto too. 
  6. Garnish with some micro greens and your salad is ready. 
  7. A party pleaser, and oh how easy and quick to plate up.

 

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