Avocado and mango salad with Tequila-lime vinaigrette

January 31, 2010

Avocado and mango salad with Tequila-lime vinaigretteThere are times in midwinter when I simply crave the glorious light, the warm breeze, the blue skies and the exotic flavors of my little birth island. I am a tropical creature who has adapted the best she can to the endless frigid months of the northeastern United Sates, but there are days that are very hard to bear.

Luckily, summer is in full swing on the other side of the globe, and the fruits and veggies that abound there at this time of the year make a welcome appearance on our market shelves.

So when I see ripe avocados and mangoes piled high at my local grocery store, I am relieved and happy for the little bit of sunshine they bring with them!

And then I let that sun shine right through the dishes I prepare with them, like this simple but flavorful salad. The avocado and mango slices are tucked in a delicious hug, while the arugula provides a crunchy, spicy bed. The Tequila-lime vinaigrette begs to be drizzled over the whole thing and the crispy tortilla strips add a touch of playfulness — a little something your teeth will be happy to wrestle with.

This salad never fails to chase my winter blues away!

I can only hope it does the same for you — and even makes you swing from side to side, singing your heart out, like Kate Bush does in Eat the Music.

Sokol Blosser — Evolution #9, Lucky Edition ($15)

“Nine perfect grapes, all dancing in tune together to make a great white wine” is how the Evolution, Lucky Edition is introduced on the Sokol Blosser‘s website. You can imagine how that statement intrigued me! Then there’s the promise that it is “extraordinarily food-friendly and will stand up to just about any food pairing you dare to serve it with.” Now I couldn’t wait to pop that cork! Since the wine promised to be so exotic and friendly at the same time, I thought it would be a perfect match to my tropicalesque salad.

Indeed, the wine didn’t disappoint.

As soon as I stuck my nose in the glass, lovely floral aromas filled my nostrils. “Peach blossoms” are the first words that came out of my mouth! Just lovely. Then I took a sip. I looked at Marc (my husband) as he took a first sip. “I love this wine,” he exclaimed with a big smile on his face! (If I want any more than that I really have to probe him, but I will say that it’s very rare for him to spontaneously declare his love for a white wine!)

What I could taste, right off the bat, were lovely tropical fruit notes and a hint of citrus. On second sip, I started appreciating the wine’s smoothness and balanced acidity. This wine was going to love my salad!

So “Eat the Music,” and “Drink the Music” too… and for a little bit of fun, watch this video. It might make you feel very, very lucky!

Avocado and mango salad with Tequila-lime vinaigrette

Avocado and Mango Salad with Tequila-Lime Vinaigrette

serves 4
active time: 25 min

For the vinaigrette

  1. 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest (use a microplane grater)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest (use a microplane grater)
  3. 2 teaspoons lime juice
  4. 1 tablespoon Reposado Tequila
  5. 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  6. 3 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  7. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco to taste
  8. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

For the tortilla strips

  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 large flour tortilla – cut in 1/8” x 2” strips
  3. large pinch sea salt

For the salad

  1. 2 bunches arugula – root ends trimmed, rinsed and spun dry
  2. 1 firm, ripe avocado – peeled and cut in 1/8” slices
  3. 1 large ripe mango – peeled, cheeks cut in 1/8” slices

  1. Step 1: To make the vinaigrette – Place the zests, juice, Tequila, vinegar, oil, Tabasco and salt in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside.
  2. Step 2: To make the tortilla strips – Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and the tortilla strips. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until golden on all sides and crispy, tossing from time to time. Remove from heat, transfer to a plate, sprinkle with salt and cool to room temperature.
  3. Cook’s note: Once cooled, the tortilla strips can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  4. Step 3: To serve – Place a few leaves of arugula in the center of each plate. Drizzle with half the vinaigrette. Top with slices of avocado and mangoes, alternating them and slightly overlapping the slices. Drizzle with the balance of the vinaigrette. Garnish with the tortilla strips and serve immediately.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

lisaiscooking February 1, 2010 at 10:57 am

The mango and avocado look perfectly ripe and gorgeous! Sounds like a delicious salad, and the crunchy tortilla strips add a nice textural contrast.


wasabi prime February 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

Beautifully fresh and simple — the best kind of meal. I’ve had those ingredients as a salsa, and as a salad with fabulous big slices, that would be a real treat!


Danielle Pallaske February 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

You have managed to capture the memory of warmer days and give a great wine suggestion too. Nice job!


Divina February 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

This is a wonderful salad. While I have the mangoes, I don’t have the avocados yet. They are in season by August. These two ingredients are my favorites. I would love to make this salad with the vibrant vinaigrette. This is truly an elegant and memorable salad.


Debi (Table Talk) February 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I too start to crave the warm breezes of tropical locals this time of year; especially this winter—gheez! Your salad is just the trick we need to transport our tastebuds to those blue skies and sandy shores!


feastonthecheap February 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Yum…some of my favorite ingredients…


Ed Schenk@ Detroit Eats February 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Beautiful looking dish with lots of fresh flavors and a bit of crunch. I will be making this.


Merisi February 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm

What beautiful reminder of summer’s bounty, a feast of colors and taste!
Just what one craves for when the sky’s grey.
Thank you,


Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite February 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Congrats on Top 9. This is a beautiful salad. Loving this series!


Lori Lynn February 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Such a pretty pretty salad!

I’ve had that wine, it’s been a while, thanks for the reminder.


Claudia February 19, 2010 at 10:56 am

I just finished eating an avocado for breakfast – don’t ask me why – have just been craving them. Today will get a mango to go with this – just perfect. ow if I could only find some arugula… almost time to plant the seeds. Delicious – will scout out the wine also – this is a good time of the year to go with the music…


Martica February 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

Even though I live in ‘sunny South Florida’ I totally understand what you’re saying. We’ve been getting an unusually loooonng cold winter (for us anyway) and I crave a cold smoothie or a nice lite summery salad. I love mangos and avocados so adding tequila just sounds like the perfect touch. Thanks! So nicely written.


Sabrina Romano September 5, 2010 at 2:47 am

I have made this salad whit grappa in place ok tequila and it was very nice… Thanks (brazilian XX)


Donna Ford January 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Beautiful photo and a delicious looking meal Viviane, thank you!


mjskit March 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

What a gorgeous salad! I would make a meal out of this one for sure!


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