Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:35

Favorite great salad recipes with mangoes, with lentils and with pasta

The beauty of having a few great salad recipes up your sleeve

On those days when you don’t feel like cooking a hot meal, knowing a few ‘cool’ great salad recipes is very useful. Stock some of those ingredients in your pantry and you’ll  be ready to be the talk of the next party you attend.

Number one on my list of great salad recipes:  Malaysian ‘Rojak’ Salad

A big success at a Malaysian dinder club I hosted and one of the most popular great salad recipesat my dinners which I have since created, recreated and altered many times.

Rojak means “mixture” in Malay and the fruits and vegetables vary by region and cook so your are pretty flexible with the ingredients.

Usually you would put:

  • Cucumber, peeled cut into long thin slices
  • mango or pineapple, fresh or canned, cut into slices or chunks
  • sour apple or pear, cut into long, thin slices
  • possibly fried, diced  tofu or bean sprouts (fresh or canned)


  • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp diluted in several tablespoons of water, alternatively lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar are nice)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shrimp paste or fish sauce (you can leave that out if you wish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek (or more, to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • A finely chopped fresh chili pepper (optional) and sprinkle with coarsely chopped peanuts

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Number two on my list of great salad recipes: Pasta salad with water chestnuts and peanut-ginger dressing

  • 500 grams pasta, boiled (farfalle or bow-tie pasta looks especially pretty)
  • 1 can water chestnuts, sliced
  • 1 small bag peas, defrosted
  • Lettuce leaves to arrange on


  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped or grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Mix all

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Number three on my list of great salad recipes: Lentil salad with leek and pears with lemon-garlic dressing

My own creation after I’ve discovered that lentils go well with fruit – a truly satisfying combination

  • 500 grams green or brown lentils, cooked
  • half a stalk of leek (about 20 cm), rinsed and sliced
  • 2-3 pears (fresh or canned), diced
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped


  • Juice of 1 lemon diluted with some water or some of the juice from the pears if you used canned ones
  • 1 glove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
  • a good dash of vegetable or olive oil
  • Salt, pepper to taste

If this has wetted your appetite for more exotic salads you can start creating your own great salad recipes

You may also want to create some more exotic dressings proposed by Jessica Strand in Salad dressings

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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