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Shrimp and Mango Salad
Add color and flavor to a shrimp salad with mangos, cucumbers, peas, kidney beans and peppers. (MCT)

Cool, sweet mangoes and spicy shrimp make a colorful, refreshing salad for a summer evening.

The contrast of hot and sweet flavors and soft and crunchy textures creates a mouthwatering dish that is easy to assemble and serve.

July is the height of the mango season in South Florida, and more than 400 varieties have widely different textures, sweetness and flavor.

For this quick dinner, I added red peppers and crisp snow peas to the shrimp and mango to make a quick, salad supper.

Diced cucumbers mixed with red kidney beans and some crusty whole-grain bread complete this simple summer supper.

I cut the mango into cubes for the salad.

A quick way to do that is to slice off each side of the mango as close to the seed as possible. Take the mango half in your hand, skin side down. Score the fruit in a crisscross pattern through to the skin.

Bend the skin backward so that the cubes pop up. Slice the cubes away from the skin. Score and slice any fruit left on the pit.

Spicy shrimp & mango salad

1 ripe medium mango, cubed (1 cup)

1 medium red bell pepper, cubed about size of shrimp (1 cup)

1/4 lb. fresh snow peas, trimmed (about 1 cup)

3 tbsp. reduced-fat mayonnaise

1 tbsp. prepared horseradish

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

3/4 lb. shelled cooked shrimp

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Several red leaf lettuce leaves

Cut mango into cubes. (See method described above.) Cut red pepper slices and snow peas into bite-size pieces, about the same size as the shrimp.

Mix mayonnaise, horseradish and mustard together in a medium-size bowl. Add the shrimp, red pepper, snow peas and mango. Toss well.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Place lettuce leaves on 2 dinner plates and spoon salad on top. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving: 360 calories (29% from fat), 11.4 g. fat (1.9 g. saturated, 2.6 g. monounsaturated), 266 mg. cholesterol, 37.7 g. protein, 27.1 g. carbohydrates, 5.4 g. fiber, 522 mg. sodium.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of 14 cookbooks including her newest, "Mix 'n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes," "The Portion Plan" and "Prevention's Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes."

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