In an effort to promote the livelihood of the Bayan Ni Juan community, this recipe is especially dedicated to ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. They have a program called BayaniJuan, an organized community composed of former Estero De Paco dwellers and victims of Ondoy. They help as much as they can for the community to earn a living. One of their livelihood products are salted duck eggs.
Born and raised in the Philippines, until the age of 8, I was familiar with seeing unripe mango eaten with bagoong, fish sauce or with dash of salt. It was also a staple for making juices, mango nectar, and as a flavoring and major ingredient in ice cream and sorbetes. These are my experiences with mangoes. Although not quite my choice of fruit to pick up at the market when in season, I may have found my niche with mangoes by making them into a refreshing salad. This recipe happens to represent a menagerie of my favorite herbs and vegetables alongside it. The versatility of this salad are endless–have it as is, serve it with grilled steak, fish, BBQ, chicken; use it as a salsa for tortilla chips, etc.