Cool Caribbean summer salad

by Fay
(Trinidad, Caribbean)

In my Caribbean garden I have some cucumbers, mangoes and lemons I like to use in my salads.

Lemons are available year round but mangoes are seasonal in the Caribbean. This fruit is seasonal so from May/June to August mangoes of many different varieties are in mass abundance.

Depending on the Caribbean island that you visit, you will find mango varieties such as mango julie, starch mango, calabash mango, long mango, Graham (my favourite), vert ... just to name a few.

With too many mangoes to eat, we give away to friends and neighbours because the trees in our backyards produce too many for one household to consume.

For this recipe you should use a firm mango to the touch. An over ripened mango will have the salad too mushy.


  • 1 Large half-ripened Mango - diced
  • 1 Large Cucumber - diced


  • 1/2 Lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider vinegar (Braggs Organic)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Honey
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Chadon beni (culantro)- finely chopped


Toss mango and cucumber together in a bowl.

Mix the dressing in a separate bowl, apple cider vinegar, salt, black pepper, lemon, culantro and honey. Drizzle over salad.


Here is an excerpt from a mango folk song that originates from Trinidad and Tobago.

My note: This sounds great! Thanks so much for sharing the mango recipe and the song.

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Jun 27, 2012
Drying Mangoes?
by: Sarabeth

Have you tried drying mangoes from your trees? I love the dried ones we buy at Costco or Sam's Club. I tried dehydrating it myself and not sure if it wasn't fully ripe but didn't turn out good. (I have a simple dehydrator, have tried a variety of fruits.) Any ideas?

Apr 14, 2012
by: Mango lover

I'm extremely jealous of the fact that you have "too many mangoes" on your trees. I wish you could send some to me in the States!! I LOVE the starch mango (it's my favorite), but I haven't had one in years. So jealous.

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