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Mango Avocado Spinach Salad

The Accidental Masterpiece

Did you ever have something wonderful come out of nothing? That’s the story of this Mango Avocado Spinach Salad, which has, in a very short time, become a favorite on Home Cooking Rocks.

It all started on a typical Sunday afternoon, as my husband and I were heading home from church, our stomachs rumbling. I knew I needed to whip up something quick, light, and satisfying. But as I racked my brain, nothing seemed to fit the bill. By the time we pulled into the driveway, I still hadn’t come up with a plan.

Serendipitous Inspiration

It was then that inspiration struck. As I flung open the fridge, a box of fresh spinach, a perfectly ripe mango, and a creamy avocado caught my eye, practically begging to be transformed into something delicious. The wheels in my head started turning. What if I combined these ingredients into a salad? But I didn’t want it to be just any ordinary salad – I wanted it to be something truly special.

Building the Perfect Salad

I quickly got to work, chopping and dicing with a sense of purpose. A few slices of crispy applewood bacon and a sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese would add an extra layer of flavor and texture. And for the dressing? I had just the thing – a homemade balsamic vinaigrette I had been perfecting.

As the bacon sizzled on the stovetop, I assembled the salad, layering the spinach, mango, and avocado. I drizzled the tangy-sweet vinaigrette over the top, then finished it off with a scatter of Sweet & Spicy Honey-Sriracha Roasted Pecans, infused with the fragrant aroma of fresh rosemary.

A Satisfying Surprise

In less than 20 minutes, the salad was ready, and my husband and I sat down to enjoy our unexpected culinary creation. The first bite was an explosion of flavors – the sweet mango, the creamy avocado, the earthy spinach, the salty bacon, and the tangy-yet-subtly-sweet dressing, all coming together in perfect harmony.

“This is AMAZING!” my husband declared, his eyes wide with delight. “The flavors are incredible.” He insisted that I write down the recipe, knowing that if I didn’t, the details would likely slip my mind amidst the countless other recipes swirling around in my head.

A New Favorite is Born

And so, here it is – the Mango Avocado Spinach Salad, a dish born out of serendipity and now a favorite on our table. The combination of juicy mango, buttery avocado, and nutrient-rich spinach, topped with crispy bacon, tangy goat cheese, and a delectable balsamic vinaigrette, creates a flavor profile that is truly out of this world.

As the folks at Food.com describe, this salad is “a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy the wonderful combination of spinach, avocado, and mango.” And The Café Sucre Farine blog raves about how the salad came together “in a very short, time” to become a new family favorite.

Versatility and Endless Possibilities

But the magic of this salad doesn’t stop there. The creamy, tangy balsamic vinaigrette is a dressing that can be enjoyed on so much more than just this salad. I’ve found it to be a perfect complement to grilled meats, seafood, and poultry, as well as a delightful topping for sandwiches and roasted vegetables.

So, whether you’re looking for a light and refreshing main dish salad or a versatile dressing to elevate your culinary creations, the Mango Avocado Spinach Salad is sure to become a new staple in your recipe repertoire. Enjoy the flavors of sweet, savory, and tangy in every bite!


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