Bon Appétit (June 2015)
In college, Zach had a roommate for a few years named Mevan.
Mevan was from Sri Lanka and, though he was fairly worldly, he hadn't been to the United States until he arrived for freshman orientation. Thus began a rich cultural exchange. Mevan taught Zach about Buddhism and the Sri Lankan Civil War. Zach taught Mevan about "Friends" and how to shotgun a beer.
And Mevan also taught Zach about mangos with chile salt.
Fresh mangos dusted with chile salt were Mevan's favorite snack. Zach had never tasted the pairing before. (It was East Tennessee in the '90s -- he'd barely had mangoes on their own.) But the cool, sweet mangos spiked with the heat of chile salt were revelatory.
When we saw this salad, which Bon Appétit says is inspired by chile salt-sprinkled mangos, we knew we wanted to try it.
Well, at the risk of spoiling the ending here, we don't think Mevan would approve.