Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Salad Time

Almost year round, we can be very content with a large salad for dinner.  The more ingredients, the merrier.  This time, for our Cico de Mayo addition to our meal, we enjoyed a Mixed Salad with Jicama and Mango.  The Mexican lady at our farmer's market asked us if we had ever tried the smaller, yellow mangoes.  We had not.  She said she liked them better because they are sweeter than the larger green with red cheeks.  And, WOW, what a difference.  I will look for the honey mangoes from now on.  They really do have a more intense flavor. 

This salad was easy to put together.  It serves 12, but we cut it in half and it was just right. 

Mixed Salad with Jicama and Mango
  Source:  The Mexican Gourmet

Serves 12

2 heads each of red oak leaf and boston lettuce, washed and torn (I just used one head of boston bibb for half of the recipe)
1 red onion, halved and finely sliced (I would use a Vadalia next time as it is not as strong)
2 firm mangoes, peeled and cut into cubes
1 jicama, peeled and cut into 1/4 x 2 inch strips
2 avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced

For the vinaigrette:

1/3 cup cider vinegar (or you can substitute lime juice)
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 shallots, peeled and chopped
1 cup flat-leafed parsley
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch ground cloves (I eliminated this)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup olive oil

Put the lettuce leaves, onions, mangoes and jicama in a salad bowl.

Place all the vinaigrette ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth.  Pour over the salad and toss.  Garnish with the avocado slices and serve immediately.

This is one more recipe that we will keep in our popular file.


  1. Love all of the ingredients in this salad Susan. I think I would leave out the cloves too. We need to eat more salads, so I will have to try this.

    1. I thought the cloves were totally out of place in this salad. Glad you agreed.

  2. I agree about the cloves too. What a strange ingredient in a salad.