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Tuesday 21st March 2006

Mango Tango

Here are a couple ideas for Mangoes, which are fairly cheap and readily available just now in New Zealand.

Firstly this salad would have to be one of my favourites for lunch at the moment, although no doubt with the cooler weather coming my preference will migrate more towards hot soups, risotto or pasta.

I used ‘streaky bacon’ in this recipe although any dry cured pork would be perfect - pancetta, prosciutto. The toasted almonds add a wonderful crunchy texture and they’re a tad cheaper and therefore more accessible to me than pinenuts.

Closeup of Mango, Feta and Streaky Bacon Salad

  • Mango, Feta and Streaky Bacon Salad
  • ¼ cup of blanched almonds, chopped
  • A selection of salad greens, (I used buttercrunch, baby cos, and iceberg lettuces in the photo)
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 70 to 80 grams of feta, crumbled
  • 4 rashers of streaky bacon
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a dry pan, toast the chopped almonds briefly until golden and remove from the heat.
  2. In the same pan fry the bacon rashers until crispy, drain on absorbent paper.
  3. Assemble the salad greens onto two plates, sharing the diced mango, feta and sliced spring onions between each plate.
  4. Chop or rip the warm bacon into bite sized pieces and scatter over the greens with the toasted almonds.
  5. Dress the salads with a squeeze of lemon juice and a little black pepper to taste.
  6. Serve immediately.

Mango, Feta and Streaky Bacon Salad

The second idea is one from the ever inspiring and amiable Béa at La Tartine Gourmande

Tartelettes Tatin à la mangue - Mango Tatin Tartlets

Mango Tatin Tartlets

Her delicious and nectareous recipe is located here. Béa finished her tartlets with lime zest and natural grated coconut, where as I used lemon zest and toasted grated coconut.



  1. Hi Bron,

    Looks delicious! I am glad you enjoyed my tartlets to actually make them! Yours look gorgeous! So full of summer! And nice dough btw.

    Thanks for the sweet mention! And your salad is a must-try! I actually have a mango on my fruit platter bought yesterday, so this is just appropriate!!

    Bea at La Tartine Gourmande — Wednesday 22nd March 2006 1:21 am

  2. Thank you Béa,
    I had lots of fun making the tartlets, like you I love anything in minature. I also find your blog exceptionally inspiring, every idea, every recipe, every photo!!
    Thanks again.

    bron — Wednesday 22nd March 2006 8:22 am

  3. Fab looking salad Bron. I’ve seen a recipe where thin slices of mango are quickly fried to caramalise them. It might go well here also.

    barbara — Wednesday 22nd March 2006 11:15 am

  4. Thanks Barbara,
    yes I’m sure caramalised mango would be devine too! Great idea!

    bron — Thursday 23rd March 2006 9:22 pm

  5. That Bea, she does certainly inspire!

    This salad is gorgeous, as is your blog. Glad I stumbled in!

    L — Saturday 8th April 2006 1:17 pm

  6. Couple ideas for Mangoes!! Ya I think this is the beauty of preparing..Ya thanks for this remedy of mangoes..

    swetha — Friday 15th September 2006 2:53 am

  7. […] Mango, Bacon and Feta Salad […]

    This Time Last Year - Mango, Bacon and Feta Salad — Sunday 25th March 2007 12:56 pm

  8. Bron, this salad is so yummy! Refreshing and full of beautiful colors - I love it!

    Patricia Scarpin — Wednesday 28th March 2007 12:47 am

  9. I followed the salad link from the main page because I just had to see the recipe for the wonderful looking salad! I love adding bacon to salads but I’ve never tried the combination of mango and bacon before. Looks great, sounds great, and I bet it tastes wonderful! I love the combination of salty and sweet in a salad!

    Nicole — Monday 2nd April 2007 9:31 pm

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