In Love with Avocado and Mango Salad

I never thought I would blog about salad.  I do not read anyone’s salad recipe posts online either, unless  something is catchy.  Because salad, in my view, consists of anything you mix and add anything you wish and make it any way you wish.  I thought there was nothing special about any particular salad style or recipe.  Salad was something that could have a million combinations.

But this Avocado and Mango Salad, my friend, changed my mind.
Avocado and Mango Salad
... and I fell in love with this Avocado and Mango Salad!
Avocado and Mango Salad, 4 servings
Original recipe from Joy of Cooking, my adaptations & notes in brown.

Ingredients for the salad:
1 lemon
2 avocados
1 ripe mango or papaya (I used mango)
¼ cup olive oil (original recipe ½ cup )
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt & black pepper to taste
2 cups arugula leaves (I used spinach)
½ cup thinly sliced red onion (I used white onion)
Ingredients for Avocado and Mango Salad
This it it.  Minimal ingredients needed for this simple and easy salad recipe..

To make the Avocado & Mango Salad:
1.  Slice the lemon in half.  (use part of it later for the required lemon juice)
2.  Halve, pit, peel, and thinly sliced the avocado lengthwise.  (slice or chop it however you want!)  Gently rub the avocado slices with the lemon halves.  (this prevents avocado from quickly turning brown and ugly)
How to pit an avocade How to cut avocado
how to pit an avocado: slice vertically into two halves, rub lemon, spoon out avocado, discard the shell and the seed
3.  Peel & seed mango/papaya, slice vertically into segments.  (oh come on, slice or chop however – the choice is yours!)
avocado and mango
avocado and mango - slice, dice, chop, mash, grate - do as you wish!
4.  Whisk together olive olive + lemon juice + salt + black pepper in a small bowl (and keep this dressing aside).
salad dressing with olive oil, lemon, salt, and black pepper
the basic salad dressing that I now use with other random salads as well!
5.  Toss arugula leaves (randomly torn spinach leaves) and red (white) onions with half of the dressing, and divide among chilled salad plates.  Alternate the slices of avocado and mango around the arugula.  Spoon as much of the remaining dressing over the slices as desired.  (or make your life easier by just mixing the leaves + onion well with all the dressing, then add avocado + mango pieces and toss all well together without mashing the fruits.  done.  chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.)
Mango and Avocado Salad
Can't tell what I love more - the gorgeous colors or the amazing taste!?
(linking this salad to Anjali's event and Anu's links here & here)

The marriage of creamy avocado with sweetness of mango, while the combination of dressing adding a spark to it, along with a little crunch of the onion and soft leaves – it’s perfect, I tell ya.

And it tastes good, looks good, and even smells good.  This sounds just like the carrot and mint soup, eh?

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20 comments:

  1. you know the kind of heat we are experiencing now a days this would be the perfect meal for us. love this salad recipe and the mangoes just takes it to another height.

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    1. I don't know if salad helps beat the heat dear, but you're right that mango takes this to another level :)

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  2. the picture are to die for. even salads look so beautiful & appetizing.. i never thought i would say this :)

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    1. Thanks Rasi :) Colorful dishes have that charm!

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  3. I too loved it..it looks so delicious..

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  4. Omg, simply loving this salad, cant take my eyes from ur clicks..very pleasing.

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  5. i love salad,i like your recipe

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  6. Simple yet flavorful salad..nicely presented

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  7. That's an interesting statement! I love salad and I think it's not always easy to create one. Your salad sounds delicious. I love both avocado and mango and the combination is going to be so creamy and a tangy vinaigrette with that is perfect :)

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    1. I never found creating salad difficult, because I used to only make the simple onion-tomato-cucumber salad earlier, my friend calls it "Indian salad" :D but not anymore, try this one Kankana!

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  8. This really is a fantastic combination...I have it all the time at one of my favorite restaurants!

    Your cutting skills are really impressive, by the way!

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    1. Thanks Ameena.
      I never order salad at restaurants, I don't know if there are people like me who think salads are ridiculously overpriced!

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  9. Looks delicious.. it definitely is avocado season. i've tried avocado mango salsa, never tried it in a salad, looks delish.

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    1. hehe, vice versa, I haven't tried the salsa but sounds yum!

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  10. Unrivaled clicks!!
    I am deeply in love with this recipe now. :)
    Thanks for linking with 'Cooking Made Easy'.

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  11. colourful salad and presentation is very nice

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  12. This sounds wonderful. I have all the ingredients in my kitchen right now and will be making this for lunch. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. I added a can of black beans & a pinch of cumin to your recipe and it made an amazing lunch. Thanks again!

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    2. So glad to hear. Thank you for letting me know! I added green grapes to them today in place of mango, still tasted great :D

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