Did you know that Senegal has a philosophy called teranga? There is not a direct translation to English but it basically means the more I have, the more I give. It is a form of hospitality that is shared by all Senegalese. If you were to make this Senegalese salad, you would always have enough for one more, to invite a guest whether stranger or friend to share it with you. It is such a neat concept that I am intrigued by. Let’s just say the world can use a lot more teranga!
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Senegalese Avocado and Mango Salad (Saladu Awooka Ak Mango)
This is a light and refreshing salad that is perfect to serve as a side dish with something spicy.
- ½ cup parsley finely chopped
- ¼ cup peanut or canola oil
- ¼ cup lime juice fresh
- 2 Tablespoons orange juice Fresh Squeezed
- 1 jalapeño stemmed, seeded, and minced
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 mangoes peeled, pitted, and cut into 1" cubes
- 2 ripe avocados pitted, peeled, and cut into 1" cubes
- 1 small navel orange peeled and cut into segments
- 2 teaspoons shredded coconut optional
Whisk together 4 tablespoons parsley, oil, both citrus juices, jalapeño, and salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Add mangoes and avocados, and toss gently to combine; cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
To serve, transfer the Senegalese salad to a serving bowl; halve orange segments crosswise, and lay over salad.
Sprinkle with remaining parsley, and coconut if using. Serve chilled.