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Thai-Inspired Mango Salad for When You Just Can’t Lean Cuisine Alone

You know how right before a holiday, you try to eat something completely different than whatever it is you’ll be indulging in on the big day itself?

Or is it just me that does that?

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Ahem anyhow. So, back to me…

On Thanksgiving Eve, I was in Sam’s Club scoping out what might be Black Friday get-out-of-bed-worthy, and while I was there, I  decided to grab an opposite meal.

The opposite of Thanksgiving is Asian. (According to my rules.)

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Soooooo, since Sam’s Club sells frozen meals (and everything else under the sun) in bulk, I obviously went home with Lean Cuisine times more than one. (A 6-pack, to be exact. Score.)

Why Lean Cuisine meals, you might ask?

Three reasons:

I love the way they taste.

They’re healthy and low-calorie, so I can add a side dish and still not feel guilty.

They have a loyalty program, and there are reward points in every box. ;)

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Now about that side dish thing…. I could easily have made a simple tossed salad and called it quits.

Pish posh!

I wanted a creative side which would enhance the Asian flavors, so that’s how I ended up making a Thai-Inspired Mango Salad and wow, was it delicious!

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 Thai-Inspired Mango Salad

 

Ingredients

Fresh mixed greens (enough for 2 people)
Green mango (find one that’s very firm, not ripe)
Small red pepper (sliced thin or cubed)
1 cup bean sprouts
1 carrot, grated
1/2 cup cucumbers, sliced
1 pkg fresh basil (about 15 leaves)
3 T freshly squeezed lime juice
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T brown sugar
2 tsp Thai roasted red chili paste

Directions

1. Toss mango, red pepper, bean sprouts, and carrot in a salad bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a food processor or blender, pulse together basil, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and roasted red chili paste to make salad dressing. (If using a blender, it’s better to finely chop the basil before blending.)

3. Add cucumber slices on top.

The salad has both a sweetness and a kick to it, and it was an easy way to take a quick, convenient meal and elevate it to something just a little more special!

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What do you usually have as a side dish with your frozen meals?

 

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Nestle Lean Cuisine #CBias #SocialFabric. (See my whole shopping trip experience and Black Friday get-out-of-bed-worthy finds here.) All thoughts, opinions, and experiences are my own.

About Liz

Liz Mays is a professional lifestyle blogger in coastal North Carolina. She loves writing about food and sharing recipes, and has a passion for travel, tech, entertainment, home decor and style.

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  1. Kelly Nicholson says:

    think im hungry….that looks good

  2. I hope you had a great holiday. This looks good.

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    Salad looks great. I occasionally eat Lean Cuisines. I have not tried the stir fry ones yet.

  4. Great. Now I’m hungry…

  5. Oh, I’m sure my husband would like that salad.

  6. Oh this still looks so yummy!