Thursday, September 25, 2008

Grilled Mango and Spinach Salad (Salada de Espinafre com Manga Grelhada)

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I love to mix fruits with salads. This one is very good. Mangoes and spinach is actually a classic salad combination in Brazil. Sometimes I use arugula instead. I quickly grill the mango in the barbecue to extract even more flavor from them. The dressing for this salad is also made with mangoes. The nuts give the dish a crunch.

Grilled Mango and Spinach Salad Recipe:

1 bunch of spinach, washed and dried
2 large mangoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
2 radishes, thinly sliced
a handful of almonds, lightly toasted
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Take one of the mangoes and brush the flat side with canola oil. Quickly grill it until the pieces get nice grill marks on them. Cut it into smaller cubes and toss it with the spinach, almonds and radishes.
For the dressing: in a blender cup, place the second mango (cut into smaller pieces), the soy sauce, the lime juice and the mustard and blend it until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving, or if you prefer, toss it together.

Note: I sometimes add sliced red onions and raisins to this salad too. If you end up with extra dressing, keep it in the refrigerator in a airtight container.


VeggieGirl said...

Ooooh, FABULOUS mix of ingredients in that salad!

white on rice couple said...

Mmmm!!! You got me on this one, grilled mango! I have not grilled my mango yet, but you've inspired me to do so. Thank you so much!

Rita said...

Veggiegirl - Thanks, this combo is pretty powerful nutrition wise too.

White on rice couple - I grill just about anything...Have you tried avocados? It's yummy!

Kevin said...

Grilled mango sounds great!

Rita said...

Kevin, it's really good. If you are the type that likes to combine mango with cilli, you can rub the mangoes w some chilli powder before grilling them.

Divent Divent said...

I often use all the above ingredients but add a tsp of Almond Butter for extra protein.


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