Tuesday, July 23, 2013

No-greens salad: mango and avocado say "I do"

Let's be real, there are some couples you see and you're just like "YEAH! ... YEAH!"  They are perfect. They are made for each other.  Have they ever even bickered?! (Answer: yes, probably all of the time.)  You know what I'm talking about, right?  It's like when you see two vegans holding hands, frequenting microbreweries while complimenting one another's taste in porters, and running 10ks together, you're like "wow."  Or nauseous.  Power couples make me queasy sometimes, too.

Not this one, though. Never this one.  Mango and avocado are the least vom-inducing power couple I know.  They are one of plant-based-foods greatest pairings.  So much so that if they televised their wedding, I would go find a T.V. with channels (mine only gets Netflix) somewhere and watch it.

This salad celebrates M&A's happy union.

Mango and Avocado Salad
1 mango
1 orange or red bell pepper
1 avocado
1/2 cup cilantro
1/4 cup green onion (optional)
1 serrano pepper
juice of 2 limes
salt to taste

1.  Peel and dice mango, dice bell pepper, and remove avocado from skin while cutting into small cubes.  Place all ingredients in bowl.
2.  Chop cilantro and green onions.  Finely chop the serrano. Add to bowl.
3.  Squeeze lime juice directly into salad, toss to evenly distribute.  Add salt last and to taste.
4.  Enjoy immediately, or put this salad in the fridge for an hour or so and be delighted.

Notes:  I've had to improvise with this salad before.  No cilantro, no green onion? It's totally fine.  A little mango, bell pepper, and avocado bathing in lime juice is equally delicious.  I had just that over quinoa for lunch one summery afternoon and I felt satisfied and full.

Speaking of couples that belong together forever, today is my mama and papa's wedding anniversary.  36 years, 7 kiddos, and still kicking it together watching westerns on Netflix (because we have no channels).  I used a little sidewalk chalk, in lieu of the traditional card, to mark the day significant, celebratory, and colorful.  Both my parents loved it, but for some reason, it really cracked my mom up when she got home from work... there was an unusual amount of laughter out of her.  

Here's to all of the happy unions!


  1. They make just as great a couple as our two favorite dinosaurs. Love avocado and mango!

    Alicia / Jaybird

    1. Oh, the dinosaurs!! They actually take the prize as the best power couple ever :)

  2. Tina! This is absolutely wonderful (an my favorite)!
    Love the comments about power couples...

    1. Isa! I always think about you when I make this salad or any incarnation of it. So many good kitchen memories with you at Ashland!