Today I’d like to introduce you to the Mango Queen, also known as Elizabeth. We met on Twitter (where else do people meet these days?!) and definitely hit it off as soon as the first tweet went into cyberspace! She’s incredibly positive, loves anything Filipino and is a world of knowledge when it comes to her favorite foods! Hope you enjoy reading her and her delicious looking recipe. You can follow the @Mango_Queen on Twitter and “like” her on Facebook as Asian in America or check out her second blog, Queen’s Notebook! 
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Green Mango and Green Apple Salad
A few years ago I went to visit my family in Manila. One of the nicest things about visiting your country of origin is the numerous reunions you are invited to.
I was invited to breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between by friends and family for two weeks. Everyone I knew opened  their homes  to me and  filled their tables with food and love.
At a cousin’s house, I was served a delicious Asian salad which was Thai-inspired. I loved it so much that when I got back home to America, I did my best to make a replica. And here it is.
The salad was a combination of tropical flavors and textures : sweet, tart, salty, crisp,and very filling. Then the dressing  was both spicy and sensational. The fruits and vegetables were fresh and in season. And with the ground pork and jumbo shrimps added to the mix, it was a meal altogether!
So today, with great pleasure I’m bringing this salad via a guest post for my pal, Nella. She has been an inspiration and source of joy to me during my Tweeting and blogging moments. Nella is everyone’s best buddy. She’s the first on the scene when a new blog post comes. She’s the first to give a kind comment. She’s the first to re-tweet your tweet. And even the first to share or “like” your Facebook post.

I’ve always wanted to thank Nella in person for all her kindness. And if I could only do so in person I would. But for now, here’s to you, Nella….for your kindness, your friendship and the support. And here’s a delish, refreshing salad for you to enjoy. Cheers!

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1 green apple, peeled, cored, sliced in strips
½ of a green mango, peeled, pitted, sliced in strips
1 cup sliced carrots
1 Tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
6 stalks green onions, sliced thin (use the white bottom parts for stir fry)
½ teaspoon minced ginger
1 cup ground pork
½ cup shrimps, peeled and deveined
1 Tablespoon flour
Juice of 1 lemon.
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 Tablespoon fish sauce
1 red  chili
Salt and pepper to taste
1.      In a small skillet, over high heat, place the peanut oil.  Stir fry the garlic, green onions, ginger and the ground pork.  Squeeze the juice of a half lemon on the ground pork. Season with salt and pepper.When the pork cooks after about 8 -10 minutes,  set aside in a bowl for later.
2.      Meanwhile, using the same skillet, heat some vegetable oil. Coat the shrimps in flour and deep fry in the hot oil. This should only take a few minutes and  till shrimp turns pink and crisp. Drain on paper towels to shake off excess oil. Set aside.
3.      In a salad bowl, quickly toss together the green apples, green mangoes, carrots. 
4.      Top with the ground pork, crispy shrimps, scallions and peanuts. 
5.      Serve on the side: dipping sauce of fish sauce combined with sugar and crushed red chili. Garnish with scallions.
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  1. That looks yum! Put about 20 more shrimp on it, and I’ll tear that up!! 🙂

  2. What tasty flavors in this salad! Love the guest post Elizabeth.
    And I hope you’re having a fantastic time in MV Nelly!

  3. i LOVE fruit in my salad. wonderful post elizabeth :). miss u nelly!

  4. This looks so delicious!! I love the tropical flavors with the shrimp and pork. I am going to be making this very soon.

  5. Hi Nella! It was a pleasure to Guest Post today and share one of my FAVES…an all-in-one Meal in a Salad. Love the flavors! Good food is always best shared with good friends! Abrazos,Amiga!