Magic mangoes, sexy salads, sweaty me — and so worth it. I had so much fun being part of Fairchild Garden’s Mango Festival, plus it gave me the opportunity to upgrade a mango recipe and give it a new tropical twist. My old quinoa and mango salad recipe is serviceable, but Mango Fest made me want to up my game. I tweaked some of the proportions, ditched a few ingredients that weren’t earning their keep and added curry powder. It helped it hit more of the Florida flavor notes I wanted and managed to do more with less. Refreshing in the mouth, it held up in the heat better than many of us. But as I told the crowd, you can’t get the mango magic without the steaminess and swelter.
Thanks to Fairchild, our tropical treasure, the crowd who braved the swelter for me and my sexy mango salads, and to the Fare to Remember team, who provided everyone with a taste.
Behold: new, improved and special for Fairchild Garden’s Mango Festival: