Avocado and mango salad with Tequila-lime vinaigrette

Avocado and mango salad with Tequila-lime vinaigrette

There 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!

Food & wine pairing: Austria, Gewürztraminer with avocado and mango salad

White wine iconA white wine with citrus and tropical notes is de rigueur here. Look for a Gewürztraminer from Austria or a Sauvignon Blanc from a warmer region, like Martinborough in New Zealand’s North Island.

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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16 Comments

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!

  • Reply feastonthecheap February 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Yum…some of my favorite ingredients…

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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,
    Merisi

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

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

  • Reply 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.
    LL

  • Reply 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…

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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)

  • Reply Donna Ford January 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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

  • Reply 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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