Saturday, June 18, 2022

Spring Green Salad With Mango Mint Dressing




Tired of the same old salad? 
This delicious spring greens salad made with spring greens and local spring organic strawberries and some freshly cut mango. It also contains a variety of salad greens as well as crunchy celery and cucumber. 

Fruit, Mango, Parts, Png, Yellow
I dress it with a tasty, fruity, mango mint dressing that will delight your taste buds as well as boost your antioxidants! 

mango mint salad dressing, oil-free salad dressing, mango
The mango mint salad dressing sitting in my mint planter

Salads can be tasty, healthy, and great for any dieter. But I do get tired of just lettuce, cucumber, and tomato. I've kept this salad to strictly greens since greens taste great with the fruit in the dressing.

salad and mango dressing


Don't like the thought of daily salad prep? 

One Salad; Four Jars for four more days of salad
I like to eat a salad daily, (but not make salad everyday). So I make a big salad eat one on prep day and fill four jars for the next four days. It keeps really fresh if you don't open the jars until ready to eat it.

salad in mason jars

Prep Salads In Advance
I don't like to make a daily mess so I prep my salads for 5 days at a time and store in air tight jars such as mason jars or any jar that I have saved from spaghetti sauce, olives, etc. see link: how to prep salads in advance

Another large salad to eat and store in jars 


The local Farmer's Market is Open
The local farmer's have started bringing their spring produce to the weekly farmer's markets. This week I got some lettuce greens including dark dandelion greens, parsley, fresh cilantro, and local strawberries. 

Strawberries, Fruits, Berries, Harvest

Fruit Pairs Well With Greens
I used the strawberries in my salad for a pretty contrast of color with the dark greens and dressed it with a wonderful mango mint dressing.

mango mint salad dressing, oil-free,
I nestled the salad dressing amongst my begonias growing in pots on my deck



In a recent program that I did last week for a women's group, I focused on the 3 factors that are vital for good health: 

Fiber, Antioxidants, and Anti-inflammatories.  

Salads can give us all three (of course depending on what you add to your salad). I'm suggesting that consuming at least one healthy salad a day is vital to good health (of course check with your doctor before making changes in your diet. 

Again, this is my basic salad but you can use whatever greens you have or want to use.  

Author of blog: Judee Algazi
Prep Time for salad: 15 minutes
Prep Time for dressing: 5 minutes
Cook Time: None
Serves: Family of four good salad eaters

Ingredients: (double if you are prepping to store in jars)
3 heads of baby artisan romaine lettuce, washed well, drained, and chopped.
1 cup of parsley, chopped
2 cups of dandelion greens, chopped 
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 Persian cucumbers, sliced
2 scallions, chopped
1/4- 1/2 cup of freshly chopped herbs (from my herb garden) such as basil and mint.
6 large organic strawberries, sliced in half for the edges of salad
optional: 1 cup of chopped fresh mango

Directions: 
Assemble and mix all of the salad greens and veggies. Place in a family size serving bowl and garnish with strawberries around the edges. 

Mango Mint Dressing: (oil-free)
1 cup of diced or cubed mango (if mango's are not in season, I use diced frozen mango and let it thaw first for 10 minutes) 
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice 
10 purple sweet grapes 
10 fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions: 
Place all ingredients in a NutriBullet or strong blender and blend until smooth and creamy. 

My Notes: 
1. This mango mint salad dressing tastes good on a simple fruit salad too. 
2. I use organic produce especially for items listed on the EWG dirty dozen list (produce with the highest amount of pesticides) such as strawberries, apples, and celery.
3. I get frozen organic diced mango in the local supermarket (Giant) to use for the dressing if I don't want to cut up fresh mango or don't have a ripe one.


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10 comments:

  1. I should buy some jars and do this. I like salads for lunch but am too lazy most days!

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  2. I wish my husband liked mango, I like it! I enjoyed reading your comment on Mae's blog about your Florida place.

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  3. The greens you used look quite nice with the strawberries. For a while there was a fad for spinach and strawberry salad, but I don't think spinach has the right flavor profile for the sweet berries. Plus some grocery store deli counters were selling it when the fruit was too old (I didn't buy it but someone brought it to a potluck -- yuck!) Just about turned me off the whole idea. Your recipe looks like it would return me to liking it.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  4. Love that idea for the four days of salads. I love salad but hate making it. One day and done for four more sounds perfect!

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  5. So fresh, crunchy and refreshing...I love that mango mint dressing.

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  6. I would love to try the salad dressing. I ate a salad for lunch but I always just mix some mayo, lemon juice and a sprinkle of Truvia and call it dressing! lol

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  7. You could drink that dressing as is! I love adding herbs to my salads.
    from Tandy I Lavender and Lime https://tandysinclair.com

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  8. i do love a salad even in winter as it is here. in fact we are having a salad tonight!

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  9. Hi Judee, this is a beautiful salad. Your dressing is the bomb. We eat a lot of salads and in past days, I used to make big batches and use it throughout the week. Love the jar idea, just pack up your jar for work lunches too. Glad to have discovered your blog. Thanks for sharing.

    Best,
    Velva

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