I love the colors in this refreshing mango, avocado, and arugula salad with a spicy orange vinaigrette. The mix of arugula, mango, avocado, red onions, cilantro, and red chili peppers make it a fun and bright salad. I’ve always enjoyed salads and am fortunate that my kids also love salads. Especially the younger one, on those days that he decides to be a picky eater (and refuses to eat the main dish), he will still eat his salad and ask for more. For some odd reason he really likes the onions and can’t get enough of them, then he goes for the avocado, next the mango and finally the arugula. To make this salad a more complete meal, you can also add grilled shrimp, grilled salmon, or grilled chicken.
Refreshing mango, avocado and arugula salad drizzled with a spicy orange vinaigrette
- 6 cups arugula leaves
- 1 mango, peeled and cut into long slices
- 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
- ½ red onion, sliced
- 1 tbs lime juice
- 1 tbs champagne vinegar, can also use cider vinegar or lemon juice
- 4 tbs orange juice, about ½ orange
- 2 tbs lime juice, about ½ lime
- 4 tbs olive oil
- ½ tsp cumin
- 2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
- 1 red chili or hot pepper, sliced
- Salt and pepper
- Combine all the ingredients for the salad dressing in a jar, close it tight and shake until the ingredients are well mixed.
- Soak the onion slices in warm water with a dash of salt and 1 tbs lime juice for about 10 minutes.
- Rinse and drain the onions slices.
- Toss the arugula leaves with half of the vinaigrette.
- Add the avocado slices, mango slices and onion slices to the arugula mix, drizzle the remaining vinaigrette on top.
- Serve immediately.
I used a red Fresno chili pepper for this salad to give it spice and color. You can also use a milder hot pepper or a red bell pepper if you find chili peppers too hot. Though once you remove the seeds and membranes they lose a lot of the heat. I debated using some crushed garlic instead, but I feel like I’ve been adding garlic to everything (seriously sometimes I feel like I can’t cook unless I use garlic, cumin or cilantro) so I’m taking a garlic break for this salad.
I like to use a little bit of creativity to keep salads interesting. A salad should be more than just a bowl of greens. Ok, greens are good, and my husband makes an amazing simple salad with a great mustard dressing. However, there are so many other additional ingredients and flavors that can be added to really make a salad stand out and have its own character.
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