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Southwest Summer Salad with Spicy Mango Pico Dressing

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For the past few years, I’ve been simultaneously working full-time and completing my B.A. at night.  Last week, I took my final class and to celebrate my newfound free-time and the start of my new life, I decided to experiment with some of my favorite flavors and ingredients.  Thus was born the:

Southwest Summer Salad with Spicy Mango Pico Dressing

This flavorful dish is perfect for entertaining friends as it looks absolutely gorgeous with an array of bright colors and a variety of shapes.  It’s light, but satisfying, and can be done completely raw or with sautéed mushrooms on top to add some warmth and heartiness.

 

Southwest Summer Salad

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What you need:

  • 1 bunch of Red Kale de-ribbed and chopped (de-ribbing is removing the leaves of the kale from the stem – red kale is sweeter than other kale, but the stem is very bitter and will make the dish inedible for most)
  • 1 cup Cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper finely chopped
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup Onions finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup Celery finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup Mango finely chopped
  • 1 Serrano or Jalapeno sliced sideways for garnish (see pic)
  • 1 Stripy Pepper – sliced sideways for garnish (see pic – If you can’t find one, I would use a yellow or red pepper)
  • 1 Red Cactus Pear aka Prickly Pear – sliced sideways for garnish (see pic)

Putting it Together:

  • Add Kale, Cilantro, Yellow and Red Bell Peppers, Onions, Celery, and Mango to large bowl.  Toss.
  • Top with Stripy Pepper and Serrano slices
  • Place Cactus Pear slices around the sides of the bowl (these are not particularly good to eat fresh – after presenting the dish, these can be taken away to be used for a jam, syrup, perhaps a margarita to stick with theme?)

That was easy!  Now for the pico dressing – also pretty easy 🙂

Spicy Mango Pico Dressing

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What you need:

  • 1/2 cup Mango chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup Tomato chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup Onion chopped finely
  • 1/3 cup Celery chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp. Serrano chopped finely
  • 1/2 tbsp. Cilantro chopped finely
  • 1/2 Lime
  • Dash of Salt (to taste)

Putting it Together:

  • Mix Mango, Tomato, Onion, Celery, Serrano, and Cilantro in small bowl.
  • Squeeze Lime on top and mix.
  • Add dash of salt, taste, add more if necessary.

And you’re done!  The most time-consuming is chopping the vegetables.  Let me tell you an incredible secret, though.  If you’re short on time or feeling lazy, you can buy most of them pre-chopped.  Add sauteed mushrooms and homemade chips on top for an extra treat.  Enjoy!

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