mango and cucumber salad

Whipping up your own dressing isn’t arduous.  Play with oils, spices, herbs and the fruit juices.  To make it creamier add eggs, coconut milk, mustard or avocado.

Rewind back quite some time now to a wonderful evening when family friends of ours had us all over to their house for dinner.  We found out when we got there, that they thoughtfully prepared a “Paleo themed” meal.  They knew that my husband and I eat this way, so they took the time to read up on it, go out and buy “special” ingredients and from there created an amazing dins that was Paleo-friendly.  I have to say we were extremely touched and appreciative…what a nice gesture!  The dining room table was even decorated with “caveman” accessories…haha!  It was adorable!!!  Regretfully, I didn’t bring along my camera….arghhhhh.  Shocking, I know! ;)  Regardless, the whole experience was very memorable.

I have yet to get the recipes from that evening, but I will look into this.  Inspired by the salad that she made, I decided to go ahead and to try to create something similar.  Without really thinking too much about it, I just tossed various veggies/fruit together and made a homemade dressing to compliment them.  It turned out to be one of those add and taste as you go kinda deals…and the end result was DELICIOUS!!!  The leftovers for my lunch the next day were even better, after being “marinated” in all the juices overnight.  At first glance, you may think the flavours wouldn’t go together, but trust me they are great.  To sum it up in one word— FRESH!!!

mango and cucumber salad
2-4
 
Ingredients
  • SALAD MIX
  • 4 small yellow mango- finely diced (small cubes)
  • ½ container spring mix- I used baby romaine leaves
  • ⅓ red onion- finely diced
  • 4 mini cucumbers- shaved with veggie peeler (I love them like that for some reason)
  • ¼-1/2 container alfalfa sprouts
  • sesame seeds to top
  • ground pepper to taste
  • DRESSING (measurements may vary according to taste preference)
  • 2 limes- juice squeezed
  • 1 navel orange- juice squeezed
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp grainy mustard, maple syrup or a couple spoonfuls of mashed up ripe avocado (optional)- helps to offset the tartness of the lime juice
  • sea salt and ground
Instructions
  1. start by finely chopping the mango and red onion into a seal-able container
  2. add in some spring mix, shaved cucumbers and alfalfa sprouts
  3. in the meantime combine dressing ingredients and whisk thoroughly
  4. pour dressing over salad in container- do this in stages as you don't want too much
  5. then put the lid on and shake!
  6. on a serving plate, make a "bowl" out of lettuce leaves
  7. pour mango salad on top
  8. then, top with sesame seeds and serve
  9. enjoy!
Notes
• you may also want to add grilled salmon or tuna to this dish...I bet it would be amazing!

strawberry and mango salad

 

3 minds + 1 grocery store = 1 yummy salad

Recipes don’t always have to be laborious.  Sometimes you just want something quick and easy; a healthy lunch that doesn’t require a lot of prep.  We were out of town this weekend, which can be associated with a lot of eating out.  Before our departure back to Toronto, and after 2 days of frequenting restaurants…we made the call.  Into “Farm Boy” (local market grocery store) we went.  With plenty of healthy options surrounding our entry, we all went our separate ways to seek out our choice items as we strolled the periphery.  With our baskets in hand we met at the cash register, knowing that we would be able to whip up a delicious concoction when back in the kitchen.

It is ironic that at times, things less planned turn out the best.  This was definitely the case!  With a veggie platter on the side and almonds to nibble on while making it, we came up with a light and very satisfying salad.  Although not in season here in Canada, the fruit was so sweet and flavourful.  A happy reminder that it won’t be long before we experience a spring and summer season full of scrumptious fruits and veggies at our fingertips. Don’t be afraid to hit the market or grocery store and just go with the flow.  You may surprise yourself.  We were all so thankful that we took the time to prepare this meal, instead of opting for another meal out.

strawberry and mango salad
main, side salad
2-4
 
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 3 yellow mangoes
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 box mixed greens
  • 1 whole chicken- shredded (can be cooked or store-bought)
  • handful slivered almonds (optional)
  • DRESSING:
  • 3 parts olive oil
  • 1 part balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp grainy mustard ~ *ISH
  • ½ lemon (juice squeezed)
Instructions
  1. in a bowl, combine mixed greens and cut up fruit (washed)
  2. on the side, prepare dressing and coat salad
  3. toss together with tongs
  4. plate and top with shredded chicken
  5. enjoy!