Lato or Seaweed Salad Recipe
How to Make Lato Salad (Seaweed Salad)
2 cups fresh lato
¼ cup onions, chopped
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp. native vinegar
2 tbsp. calamansi juice
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup green mango, grated
How to make lato salad:
Clean lato thoroughly in running water and drain.
Put lato in a bowl and mix in onions and tomatoes.
In a small bowl mix native vinegar and calamansi juice and stir in salt.
Pour mixture in lato and mix gently.
Transfer to a serving plate and top with grated green mango.
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