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Avocado Mango Arugula Salad with Cilantro Citrus Dressing

A writer has to know his or her audience and learn to listen to what they want. I have noticed that when I post a recipe that is fried, decadent or more rarely, a dessert, it gets a lot of attention and comments. When I post a recipe that is healthier, it gets some attention but less than the fried food. When I post an essay or review, it gets the least attention of all.

But even though fried foods get the loudest response from my readers, salads are pretty popular too. Now that it’s Spring and the weather is warmer, we are all going to be eating more salads. This salad is not only healthy, it’s super-colorful and beautiful. Creamy green avocado, sweet yellow mango, spicy arugula topped with a zingy dressing of cilantro and citrus.

I like this salad because it just looks….well, it looks happy! It looks like warm weather, fun and smiles – all in a healthy, compassionate package. Serving this salad is guaranteed to induce good moods…and maybe help me feel better that my audience loves me more for my recipes than my thoughts. I guess the way to an audience’s hearts is through their stomachs. Enjoy!

Avocado Mango Arugula Salad with Cilantro Citrus Dressing
For the Cilantro Citrus Dressing:


2 Tbs. fresh orange juice

1 Tbs. fresh lime juice

1 tsp. lime zest

2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped

1 Tbs. fresh chives, chopped

2 tsp. red wine or apple cider vinegar

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until incorporated.
For the Avocado Mango Arugula Salad:
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1 ripe mango, sliced
½ large or 1 small red onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
6 cups baby arugula (or green of your choice)

Place arugula on serving platter or in salad bowl. Top with slices of avocado, mango, onion and peppers.
Drizzle salads with dressing just before serving. Toss and serve.

The “V” Word: Say it. Eat it. Live it.

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8 Responses to Avocado Mango Arugula Salad with Cilantro Citrus Dressing

  1. Maggie Anderson July 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    How many people does this serve? I would like to use it for entertaining, but not sure if I should double it for 10 people?

    • Rhea July 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Hi Maggie, this serves about 4 people as a side salsa. For 10 people, I would double or triple it!

  2. shawn duncan April 12, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    looks amazing cant wait to try! The ingr. sound like they will blend beautifully 🙂

  3. Rhea Parsons March 25, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    Suzy – thank you!

    Southern Purple – wow, wish I had a garden full of cilantro!

    Naomi – yes it would. Good idea!

    Sherry – hope you’re not commenting with your mouth full. Ha ha. Thank you so much!

  4. Sherry Martin March 25, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    I’m eating this right now…OH,WOW, this is fabulous!

  5. Naomi March 24, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    Sounds great Rhea and it would make a great Pesach meal too!

  6. Southern Purple Veggie March 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Wow that looks super good, I am going to have to make that dressing. I have an over supply of fresh cilantro from the garden.

  7. Suzy Kabloozy March 23, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    That looks amazing!

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