I hope you are enjoying your long weekend as much as we are. I am in Lethbridge this weekend to see my family and the kids are having a blast with their cousins. I got to do a little shopping and found myself a new dining room table, finally! My sister Shannon invited the kids and I over for a barbecue tonight so I decided to throw together a wicked salad.
This salad is so fresh and perfect for a May long weekend with the family. It can be made for one person, a large group, and perfect for a meal on its own or with a little protein added. You can leave the quinoa out if you are opposed to it. The dates add a hint of sweetness and the cilantro is a must. Make sure your mangoes are perfectly ripe because it makes all the difference.
I tend to pile all the ingredients on top into sections when feeding a group so you can pick and choose what you like. I also serve the dressing in a small jug on the side.
For the salad:
- Mixed lettuce, romaine or spinach
- 1 mango, peeled and chopped
- 3 – 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 english cucumber, sliced in half and thinly sliced
- 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
- 4 dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
- pumpkin seeds (garnish)
- avocado (garnish)
Mango Lime Salad Dressing:
- 1 mango, chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 2 limes, zest and juice
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 3 green onions, white parts and about an inch of the green
- 1/2 cup water (or mango juice)
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- sea salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup cold pressed olive oil
Blend all the ingredients (except olive oil) together in a high speed blender until completely blended. While the blender is still running drizzle in the olive oil. Taste for seasoning. This salad dressing is thick so water it down if you need to.
We served it with this cedar plank salmon and it was unreal! The salmon was wild and we found it at Costco. Look for wild salmon NOT farmed as they have both there. Always choose wild over farmed when it comes to fish. Soak the cedar plank and put the salmon on the plank with salt and pepper. Simple yet delicious.
Enjoy your weekend!