A mix of crisp shredded lettuce, fresh veggies, sweet mangoes and crunchy cashews with a creamy coconut lime dressing, this Thai Mango Salad is terrifically tasty! Best of all, you need just 20 minutes for this tropical salad.
Hi, friends! Happy second to last “unofficial” Monday of summer! Let me introduce you to your new favorite summer time recipe – Thai salad with mangoes.
About this recipe for thai mango salad
AKA a summer salad thinly sliced in ribbon-y slaw form with Thai flavors and oodles of mango and piles of cashews.
A salad SO scrumptious you absolutely MUST get your summer grubbing little hands on it…preferably before fall arrives, steals all the fabulous produce from the market and makes this salad null and void.
A mix of fresh, savory, crisp and cool shredded cabbage and veggies piled high, generously topped with tropical, sweet mangoes and salty, crunchy cashews and garnished with fresh cooling mint. To finish it off – a sweet, slightly spicy, tangy, impossibly creamy and smooth coconut-lime vinaigrette.
SWOOOOOON. 😍 This is THE SALAD of summer, you guys.
Oh, and if you want to make this salad a heartier meal you can absolutely throw on some chopped or shredded chicken. This is where rotisserie chicken saves your substantial salad loving soul. And makes summer meals stupid easy.
Tips for the best mango salad
- Lettuces: Over the years I’ve made this mango salad with different lettuces, from iceberg and butter to romaine and cabbages. Personally, I love green cabbage and/or romaine lettuce here. However, you can use whatever greens you love. Just keep in mind you may want to use a salad spinner to get the leaves of lettuce completely dry. This way your mango salad doesn’t turn out watery or sad.
- Bell Pepper: If you want to use a roasted red bell pepper instead of a raw one in the salad, go for it. You can use the jarred variety or roast your own. To do so, preheat oven to high broil. Place the pepper on a sheet pan on the top rack in the oven. Broil, turning every 2-3 minutes until charred on all sides, about 8-10 minutes total. Remove the bell pepper to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 15-20 minutes, then remove plastic wrap and peel the charred skin off of the pepper.
- The salad dressing will keep, covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- The salad can be made a day in advance, but do not add the mango, cashews, dressing or bell pepper if you roasted it until ready to serve.
Make this Thai Cashew & Mango Summer Slaw Salad before apples and pumpkins take over the world. You can thank me later, for now just DO THIS. Until Thursday friends, cheers – to salads, slaws and SUMMER. <– All 24 official remaining days of it.
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How to make this recipe for thai mango salad👇
Thai Mango Salad
- 1 Small Bowl OR 2-Cup Glass Measure
- 1 Large Mixing Bowl
- 2 whole Mangos (SEE NOTES)
- 1 head Green Cabbage or Romaine Lettuce – shredded or chopped into bite-size pieces (SEE NOTES)
- 1 large Red Bell Pepper – seeded, stemmed, and thinly sliced
- 1 whole Jalapeno Pepper – seeded, stemmed, and finely diced
- 1 medium Carrot – peeled and julienned
- ½ Cup Green Onions – thinly sliced; both white and dark parts
- 1/3 Cup Roasted Cashews OR Peanuts – chopped
- ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro, Fresh Mint, OR Mix of Both - chopped
- 7 TBS Unsweet Coconut Milk – well stirred
- 1 ½ TBS Light Brown Sugar - packed
- 1 TBS Rice Vinegar
- 1 Large Lime (3 TBS Juice + Zest)
- 2 tsp Fish Sauce
- Scant ¾ tsp Ground Ginger
- ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes – or more to taste
- Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper
- Make the Dressing: In a small bowl or 2-cup glass measure, combine all the ingredients for the mango salad dressing. Season with a ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/16 tsp ground black pepper. Use a whisk and stir until well combined. Taste and adjust for seasoning and flavor. Then, set aside and let the flavors develop and marry.
- Prep Mangos: Using a vegetable peeler to remove and discard the skin from the mango. Then, use a sharp Chef’s knife to slice the fruit from the stone (pit). Next, use a grater to grate the flesh slice or use a sharp knife to slice each section (or cheek) of the mango into long thin strips.
- Toss Ingredients: Add the thin strips of mangos to a large mixing bowl or serving bowl. Add the romaine, bell pepper, jalapeno, carrots, and green onions. Toss to combine.
- Add Dressing: When ready to serve, drizzle some of the Thai salad dressing over the mango salad. Gently toss to coat all the ingredients.
- Garnish and Serve Thai Mango Salad: Garnish the top of the mango thai salad with roasted cashews or peanuts, fresh cilantro, and fresh mint. Serve with the remaining dressing on the side and enjoy immediately.
- Mangos: Authentic thai mango salads typically use grated un-ripened or under-ripened (firm) mangos. You can use whatever you prefer, just make note that you can’t grate the flesh of a ripe mango because it’s too soft.
- If using firm, under-ripe mangoes, you may want to consider adding a little bit of honey or agave to the dressing if you prefer a sweet mango salad.
- Lettuces: Over the years I've made this mango salad with different greens - from iceberg and butter, to romaine and cabbages. Personally, I love green cabbage and romaine here. However, you can use whatever greens you love. Just keep in mind you may want to use a salad spinner to get the leaves of more watery lettuces completely dry before making this salad recipe. This will ensure your mango salad doesn't turn out watery or sad.
It’s a good question about communicating with the dead…I honestly have no idea, but I’m one of those people that is a little scared of the dark. #embarassing I completely understand you wondering if your dad is nearby in spirit. You are so young to have lost a parent…ugh and nothing helpful to say. <3
You know that I'm loving this salad, Cheyanne. You do salads like a boss, let's just say that. You know I loved that incredible stone fruit panzanella you posted a while ago, so I'm all over this.
traci | VanillaAndBean says
LOL! I’m with Mary Ann and Geraldine! I don’t know of this Tyler you speak of (should I?) and our local farms pumpkin patches have mature pumpkins (bug eyed emoji)!! Now, I love pumpkin and Fall, but I’m with you… it’s too early! LOVE this salad, Chey! From the Thai flavors to the cool minty dressing. Perfect crunch, creamy and chill. Love that last shot my dear! Delicious work! xo
Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health says
We didn’t give up on you summer.. not yet! 😀 Cheers to summer salads. Your salad looks absolutely amazingly tasty. I need a bowl like asap. Vinaigrette sounds delicious, you combined some of my favorite flavors 😉 Yummy. Sharing this! have a great weekend friend 😉
Ashley - The Recipe Rebel says
Haha! I see you here with your bright, fresh summer salad. You are truly soaking up every last minute! I would be too, maybe, if it wasn’t absolutely FREEZING this morning! Here, it’s officially summer but really, truly, unofficially fall. Lol
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
I love that you are still hanging on to every last second of summer. Whilst I am totally ready for the seasons to change and I am already planning my autumn recipes, I can hold back for a while if it means still enjoying epic salads like this.
Pass me a bowl please!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
haha, I was just looking this up! yeah, more than 3 weeks left! bring on the salad!!!! love this thai-cashew-mango-slaw-salad!!!!
Leslie @ Flora Foodie says
Alright, you’re making me want to watch that show. And I never have nor have I had any real interest before… 😉 But YAY for slaw! I have had a crazy craving for slaws lately (must be deficient in something in cabbage….?) which is weird for me, but loving all things Thai is so NOT new and I must have it. YUM!
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wow that salad sounds amazing Cheyanne! love it! wonderful flavors!
Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says
So my mom is the biggest believer in mediums – even the Long Island Medium, which I think is the most ridiculous of the bunch. I’ve had a few odd/otherworldly instances, so I think that there might be some truth to mediums but pretty much anyone on TV is out there for the fame. Just my two cents.
I think I’m in love with this salad. That color! Those flavors! I don’t want summer to end! I’ll be in the pool until it’s far too cold for it to be okay so long as it means that summer isn’t over!
Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says
I’m all for celebrating summer until the very last minute, because I’m not quite ready to give up all the gorgeous produce or salads, like this one.
Cashew and mango slaw sounds like it would be perfect in fish tacos or straight out of the bowl!
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says
Loving all the bright colors and fresh flavors in this salad. Yum!
Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom says
I was just telling my husband yesterday how much I miss the seasons – so personally I would welcome the crisp cool air, changing of the leaves, and the smell of wood burning fireplaces. That being said, this has my name written all over it! And I’m seriously loving the coconut you’ve added to the vinaigrette – such a fabulous idea! Some major flavors and textures, oh my!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
Hahaha – best line I’ve come across this afternoon is “You pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down?” Yup, I sure am pickin up what you are puttin down! And I do hope they practice personal space! Cheyanne, you have me so intrigued! I haven’t seen Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry yet, but am adding it to my list – maybe as soon as I’m done with the Original’s I will switch over – BTW, Before The Originals (in the days of Twilight et al), I didn’t believe in all that vampire/werewolf/hybrid hoopla either – though I don’t now – but I do but I…ooh so confusing! Clearly, I need food as in a big bowl of summer’s best veggies AND mangoes! And that lime/coconut vinaigrette – that dressing is pure genius! What a concoction – you selling that? Pretty please say yeah!?
This is a seriously tasty blend of awesomeness you have going on. I don’t think I could eat this fast enough! I’ve never met a slaw I didn’t like.
Keri @ Fashionable Foods says
I’ve never seen that show, but I was mildly obsessed with Monica the Medium last year. She was a college student at my alma mater, so watching her go to places I was familiar with was exciting. I was already a believer in that kind of stuff, but when I saw her give a reading to someone I recognized on the show I knew she was the real deal! I’m a total sucker for that stuff too – I always cry watching. Ok, onto the food. LOVE. This is the prettiest salad ever and I want it RIGHT NOW. Loving all that texture and flavor!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious says
Living in Arizona, I just cannot do fall foods yet. It’s too hot!!! This salad is one I could eat until November when it finally cools off. Love the addition of cashews!
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
DRAMATIC???? Not you. (Or me either, for that matter.) Ha ha. With all these boys around here, someone has to be the drama queen. Loving your salad – cashews are my jam, AND the dressing sounds uber amazing and creamy. Will def. have to try this. We are still in summer mode around here and were just discussing how we could possibly get away to the beach over Labor Day. Not saying it’s gonna happen, but we are thinking about it. Summer is our fave. season by far – I think it’s because Mother Nature herself is so DRAMATIC up here in New Hamp. Yeah, I would call several feet of snow at a time dramatic. Yep. Long live summer. Cheers to a great week ahead my friend! XO
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
I’m totally with you on the prying all things summer from my cold dead hands. We’re still eating watermelon and peaches over here and will continue to do so for at least another month. I do love pumpkin all year long, but I tend to stay away from fall things in August because I’m procrastinating the transition. I haven’t seen that show, but it sure sounds interesting! I want to grab a big bowl of this slaw salad, drink that dressing through a straw, and watch me some Hollywood Medium! Pinned!
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
I definitely want to switch to fall flavors, but I don’t want summer to go!! Before I make the switch, I’ll be sure to try this salad. What a perfect flavor combo! & I’ll stay on the fence about mediums 😉
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
You still have 3 weeks of summer? Well, I can’t say that because summer is already over here and utside is pretty dark and gloomy today and every day. But thank god I have these bright and beautiful pictures and they sure made my day. 🙂 I love Thai flavours, Cheyanne. And this Cashew mango slaw salad? This perfectly crispy, crunchy and spicy salad is making me drool.
Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com says
Only three weeks of summer left! That can’t be right! I am not ready for fall yet not in the slightest! Maybe for a really nice fall with lots of sunshine and beautiful autumn colours. Well, we still have three weeks and I will try and make the most of it! I am a big cabbage fan – unlike my family but this salad is perfect for lunch and I just won’t share it with anyone 😉
Cathy | whatshouldimakefor.com says
you know i’m on board your summer train. and i’ll be in flip flops till the first frost!! so this perfectly crispy, crunchy and spicy salad is going into my rotation this week. love that you can pair it with a piece of grilled chicken or fish for a nice light dinner. this is a back to school dinner for sure! YUM.
Ben Maclain says
For the record, in many countries summer officially ends on August, 31 (Well, in some contries it also practically ends somewhere in July haha) so I’m kind of happy to have 3 weeks more (Of course if it’s not going to be + million degrees). Talking about fall…could you imagine some coffee shops have started advertising (perhaps even making) pumpkin spice latte! Here, in Canada. What do you think anout this outrageous behavior? No pumpkin latte! Yes – delicious summer salads with mango (You know that I love mango even more than lavender, don’t you?) And this dressing…it’s fantastic, Cheyanne! I’m going to use this idea for my salads one day – no doubt!
Beeta @ Mon Petit Four says
Your salad is gorgeous, Cheyanne. I love the crunch too. And I’m a big believer that our loved ones are always with us and around us. I don’t think they’re floating angels, but I do think their energy is with us. <3
Kevin | Keviniscooking says
Boo on iceberg lettuce, so glad you switched this up. I guess the Wedge Salad is the only time I can stomach that one, so watery. This though, holy yum. Plus fresh herbs in salads rock like the mint you have here. I love them chopped up, nuts, all sorts of goodies. Salads as a meal are THE best and I love the tropical action in this one Chey (and that Fish Sauce in the vinaigrette!). Pinned.
Stacey @ the sugar coated cottage says
Yes, I’ve watched Tyler and he’s pretty amazing! I try to be a skeptic but he makes it pretty hard. This salad is beautiful, I could eat this morning, noon or night! Thai anything is my favorite! Take care!
I’m caught in the middle of summer and fall right now — it’s almost the best of both worlds. I dread saying goodbye to juicy sweet tomatoes and think I’ll shed a tear when I have to pull the tomato plants up from my garden. 🙁 As for slaws, they’re one of my favorite things on the planet and I make them weekly. This one is going to happen — I love the Thai-mango thing here and am in love with that dressing!
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
What a lovely harvest happy salad you got here! It just so happens we have a bunch of cabbage to use in the fridge so perfect timing!
I adore a good slaw salad! It’s so fun to eat, like shoestring fries. Only healthy. And that lime vinaigrette sounds amazing. I want that on ALLLLL my salads.
Aww, you quoted me. I’m so flattered!
I do not watch that show, but I’m fascinated by all that. I really wonder how real it all is, the communication with the worlds outside ours, the ones past life. I want to believe it’s real. I really do. I just am such a hard evidence kinda gal.
Wow, does this look good. Thai anything yes, and cashew anything yes. I’m down!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Wait a minute, you like to shout?? NO WAY. Why didn’t I know this??? Lololol. Yay for you sticking to your summer guns (okay, that sounds weird, but you know what I mean!) I love how fresh and summery this beautiful salad is! Anyway, now you’ve got me all curious about the Tyler Henry show! I’ve never heard of it (because I’m out of touch, obvs), but I am a fellow sap. As such, I would probably love it! Nosy for intell: Haha. Nice!! Meanwhile, I love that you combined mango with cashews and then upgraded this whole shebang by a million with coconut and lime flavors. YES. My momma would SO love this recipe, Chey!! So… could ya come over and hook a girl up? 😉 Pinning, of course! Muah. Can’t wait to chat, my friend! xoxo
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I love how bright and crunchy this salad is! Has me happy that it’s still summer – however – I’m a huge fan of fall and am loving the trickle of autumnal recipes that are floating around, too… It’s a nice transitional time! Loving the colors here, my friend! Cheers! xoxo
This is a work of art. Love this salad!
Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers says
I’m in no hurry to jump on the pumpkin train, for sure. I’m soaking in all the summer I can, so I really much make this lovely salad. It screams summer and I love all the flavours and goodness going on!
Annie @ The Garlic Diaries says
YUM! This looks absolutely heavenly. What a yummy spin on coleslaw! I might just have to try this baby out in our remaining few weeks of summer!
I can’t believe summer is almost over… But I’m getting excited about all the pumpkin recipes that are about to come! This salad looks gorgeous! Love the pretty colors!
Om nom nom! I need to have some of that crunch today. This looks just beautiful Cheyanne and I love the amazing Thai flavors you have going on. How did you know that Thai is like my favorite cuisine ever 😉 😉 Great post!
Lauren Gaskill says
I don’t watch that show but it sounds interesting! LOL this salad is simply amazing Cheyanne! The mango! The cashews! The everything! So much to love. Happy Monday to you, sweets. XOXO
Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen says
Yum – this is a beautiful salad, Cheyanne! I love a colorful salad and you’ve got all the colors of the rainbow in this one. I’m hanging on to summer too – I saw a pumpkin patch sign the other day and I let out a huge grown – just too darn soon! Have a great week!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
I have never watched that show, but I’ve really always wondered about mediums too Cheyanne! Kind of freaks me out. Amazing all the info they know.
I totally heart this salad too! And I’m with you 100% on the not rushing fall. Some of the best summer days are just ahead. Great idea to add shredded rotisserie chicken to this one and make it a meal! I’m in! Have a fabulous week! XO
What an amazing looking salad! I have to go buy some things…
Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says
Unofficial end to summer… cause I’m not done soaking it up and I’m gonna need all 3 weeks that are left! Particularly to eat ALL the salads, starting with this one! I love all the Thai flavors here, plus the mix of all the fabulous textures. YUM! Pinned and hoping to devour it asap!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I am ready for fall, though I am definitely not wishing away summer since the winters are kind of brutal in the midwest! But I’m definitely enjoying all of the fresh summer flavors and produce. This salad looks gorgeous, Cheyanne! I’ve never tried a thai version before! And with mango slaw? Genius idea, friend! I think my husband would devour this in about 2 seconds. What a perfect recipe to hold onto what’s left of summer! Pinned, of course! Hope your Monday is off to a great start!
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Fresh, fruity and crunchy…exactly what a delicious salad should be!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
I seriously can’t believe it’s the last of August!! I don’t know where the Summer went! I am looking forward to Fall, though 🙂
I haven’t seen that show, but they are super interesting, but they freak me out too. I’m sure your dad is watching over you….hugs!!
This salad looks and sounds DELICIOUS, Chey!! Love the salty/sweet combo and that vinaigrette with the coconut milk is SO up my alley. Great colourful pics!! Pinned, of course.
Have a fantastic week, my friend! XO
I need this in my life. It looks so refreshing and really reminds me of the cuisine I enjoyed when I visited SE asia!