Carpaccio on a vegetarian food blog?! Never! But wait! This recipe is not your normal carpaccio and I’ll tell you why …. mango makes the difference ….
Historically, carpaccio is thinly sliced raw meat or fish, which is served as an appetizer, however, I decided that vegetarians don’t have to miss out on this delicacy and substituted mango instead. The result became a delicious salad that can also be served as an appetizer, as is the original.
The mangoes are peeled, then sliced and layered on a bed of spinach. Add a sprinkling of chopped dates and some candied pecans, and you have a 5-ingredient dish that can be prepared in about 15 minutes. What could be easier or more delicious?!
A yogurt-honey dressing, lightly spiced with anti-inflammatory turmeric drizzled over the salad adds a perfect touch. You get your greens, fruit, nuts and dairy (or non-dairy for vegans) all in one quickly-prepared dish.
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Mango Carpaccio with Spinach, Dates and Honeyed Pecans
Thinly sliced mango on a bed of spinach presents a healthy and delicious dish that can be served as an appetizer or salad.
- 6 cups baby spinach, washed and spun dry
- 2 mangoes
- 4 dates, pitted and diced
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup honey (or agave syrup)
- 1/2 cup yogurt ( or vegan substitute, such as coconut milk yogurt)
- 1 teaspoon honey (or agave syrup)
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Spread spinach out on a serving platter.
Peel mangoes. Thinly slice mangoes longwise until you get to the pit and then turn and slice in the same manner on the other side. Spread over spinach, layering them a little.
Sprinkle dates over the spinach and mangoes.
To make the honeyed pecans: heat honey in a small saucepan until boiling. Boil until the mixture turns a dark golden brown. Stir in pecans, coating them well. Remove onto parchment paper and let cool a few minutes. Sprinkle over salad.
Lightly warm honey, if necessary to get liquidity, and then whisk into yogurt. Whisk in turmeric. Drizzle generously over salad.
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