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Tropical Summer Salad with Orange Dressing

After making ALL. THOSE. COOKIES. It’s time for a healthy summer salad.  But it needs to be quick and easy and delicious.  This colorful Aloha Dreams Tropical Summer Salad is just what the (cookie-expanded) waist-line ordered. It’s brimming with healthy fruits and veggies.  And it has a wonderful tangy sweet Orange Vinaigrette Dressing.

The vinaigrette is super easy and well worth the effort.  It comes together in no time.

The rest of the salad is pretty great too.  The onions and seedless cucumbers add a satisfying crunch and the thin slices of mango and avocado are smooth on your tongue.  If you have a mandolin now’s the time to use it on the thinnest setting, otherwise just slice the mango and cucumber thinly by hand.  You (and your waist) will love it.

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Tropical Summer Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
 

Use a mandolin on the thinnest setting if you have it, or just slice by hand.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the Salad
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 seedless cucumbers
  • 1 mango
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 avocados (a bit under-ripe works better)
For the Orange Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Country Style Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 pinch fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together all ingredients for the Orange Vinaigrette Dressing.

  2. Peel the mango, cut it in quarters length-wise and cut out the hard center section.  Then cut each quarter in thin strips or bite-size cubes.  

  3. Thinly slice the cucumbers. 

  4. Peel and very thinly slice the red onion.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: May be made to this point up to 1 day prior, cover all items and refrigerate.
  1. When ready to serve, remove the seed from the avocados and gently peel.  Slice into thin slices.

  2. Put the lettuce, mangos and cucumber slices in a bowl.  Add desired amount of dressing and toss.

  3. Add avocado slices, season with salt and pepper and serve.

 

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