Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Strawberry, Mango, and Avocado Salad


Now that spring has (finally) arrived, I am phasing out of roasted veggies, and phasing in fresh salads.  We have been grilling a good bit lately, and with that comes the desire for low-maintenance sides dishes.  I really hate running back and forth from the grill to the kitchen to babysit our side dish, which is one reason why this is such a great option.
I know that the combination of avocado, mango, and strawberry might seem odd, but it really does work.  The sweetness from the fruit plays nicely off the creaminess of the avocado.  And the dressing ties all the flavors together.  I knew I would love it because I pretty much love all sweet and savory, but I was surprised by how much Joey enjoyed it as well.  He typically isn't as enthusiastic as I am about "weird" food.  And of course Caroline will eat anything we put in front of her, so she devoured it. ;-)

I first served this with the green chile crab cakes, and we enjoyed it so much that I made it again the very next night with some grilled pork tacos (recipe to be shared soon!).  Now between this, the cherry tomato salad, and the Mexican corn salad, I don't know what my go-to side for Mexican food will be this summer!

And if you are as excited for spring as I am, check out the Featured Recipes Page.  I've updated it with some of my favorite spring dishes!


Strawberry, Mango, and Avocado Salad
inspired by epicurious.com
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1/2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs orange juice
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 Tbs minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 avocado, pitted and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • kosher salt
In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, vinegar, orange juice, lime juice, cayenne, salt, and cilantro.  Toss with the strawberries and mango, and allow to sit for at least 15 minutes.  When ready to serve, gently mix in the avocado.  Season with salt to taste and serve immediately.


16 comments:

Laura said...

This is full of the flavors I'm craving right now! I will be making this on our next warm day. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

That combination just screams spring to me! That looks delicious!

Jennifurla said...

Printing and making this weekend, by the way - visually I just LOVe your blog. So pleasing to the eyes.

Nikki @Pennies on a Platter said...

I love the way you served this up, in the avocado peels! What a great idea! I'm with you...gotta keep it simple in the spring and summer. Who wants to be tied up in the kitchen? :)

Jen said...

Yum - this looks delicious and like the perfect way to introduce a little spring flair into meals. I love this flavor combination!

Kelsey said...

This looks to die for! I know Michael and I would both just love it!

Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish said...

What a great salad! I love all the flavors. :)

The Cafe Sucre Farine said...

What a lovely combination! My mouth is watering!

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

Fantastic combination of fresh spring ingredients!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Love this salad, Josie! It looks so fresh and flavorful and absolutely delicious.

Annie said...

I'm normally not much of an avocado person, but Ben loves it and I think this looks like something we might both enjoy. Not to mention it has a gorgeous presentation and would be great for lunch with the girls. Great idea!

Amy said...

This looks delicious. I love the combination and the cute presentation!

Shanna said...

Made this tonight, and it was SO good!! Perfect! Thanks for sharing ;)

Natalie said...

How many does this serve? Want to make for Mother's Day dinner and there will be 5 of us...should I double? (we'll have several other dishes)

Josie said...

Natalie,
I would double it. As I have it posted, this served me, my husband, and our 2 year old. I think it could stretch to feed 3, but I'd definitely double it for 5. Hope you enjoy!!

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