Mango Strawberry Avocado Salad

Flying to Texas to another fun-filled week with her 4 sisters (yes four!), my friend Norma flipped through a magazine to pass the time.  She came across a version of this Mango Strawberry Avocado Salad and ripped out the page.  When she met up with her sisters, she was ready with their plans for dinner!  Here it is:

salad greens
1 small cucumber, peeled & diced
1/4 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 avocado, cut in chunks
1 mango, cut into bits
small box of strawberries, cut up
1 batch of sugared almonds/pecans/pumpkin seeds*
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tab. tarragon vinegar
tab. sugar
a few shakes of salt
pinch of freshly ground pepper

On a pretty platter, layer the lettuce, cucumber, cilantro, avocado, mango and strawberries.  In a sealed container, shake together the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper until it’s all throughly blended.  Sprinkle on the sugared nuts and top with dressing just before you set it on the table.

Sometimes we like this with grilled chicken breast cup into bits to make it a little heartier for supper.

1/2 cup almonds (or any other nuts you have on hand)
1/4 cup sugar

Drop nuts and sugar into a nonstick pan and stir on medium high heat until the sugar caramelizes and the nuts are toasty brown.  If it gets too hot, lift the pan off the fire and continue to stir.  When they are done– spread them on a piece of foil to cool.



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