Mango and Avocado with Hearts of Escarole

Well the lake was a blast. I skied and knee boarded until my back hurt and just like in the past it made me so hungry.

I had to stop on the way home to pick up some items for this salad.

It is sort of a special salad around my house because of keeping fresh mangos and avocadoes. We don’t get to have it but about once a month, if lucky. I love it and as usual my pictures don’t do this salad justice.

I got this recipe from a little America Loves Salad book by Camille Cusumano. I usually use romaine instead of escarole.
It is something I crave once in a while.

Mango and Avocado with Hearts of Escarole

— for salad
3 each escarole head — hearts only or can sub romaine hearts
1 each avocado — peeled and sliced
1 each mango — peeled and sliced
1/2 cup pecan halves — toasted, or walnut, or hazelnut
— for dressing
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

Cut escarole or romaine hearts into bite size pieces and place all salad ingredients in a large bowl ending with toasted nuts.

Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cooknkate
    Aug 17, 2006 @ 09:06:20

    Mango is one of those foods that, when perfectly ripe and in season is something that use of descriptive phrases absolutely defies. Within the last few weeks I have had some of the most delicious mango ever, flesh so orange, so sweet and so moist that it simply melts in your mouth. There’s no other way to eat it except standing over the sink, gnawing the flesh from the pit while the juices run down your arms in their sticky, nectar-y goodness.

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  2. coffeepot
    Aug 17, 2006 @ 16:47:27

    Yes Kate mango defies description for sure.

    The ones I got last night were most awesome.

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  3. Lisa
    Aug 19, 2006 @ 13:46:06

    I lived in the Caribbean years ago (Grenada), and the mangoes there were not to be believed. And so many varieties! Sure wish I could get hold of some of those again. But once in a great while I can find a decent one around here. The salad sounds wonderful.

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