Need a new lunch or light dinner option? Try a spinach salad featuring chicken, mango, red bell peppers, and cashews.
I craved mango the other day, but I wasn’t in the mood for Shrimp, Mango & Avocado Salad with Sweet Chili Ginger Vinaigrette. I had some leftover cooked chicken and a bag of baby spinach, so this recipe sounded perfect.
This sweet and crunchy salad made a perfect lunch before an afternoon date with the treadmill. It’s also Paleo-friendly and gluten-free if that matters to you.
I made a double batch of the dressing because the amounts listed below weren’t enough volume for my blender. I served it the next day as a dipping sauce for Turkey Tenders and it was perfect.
If you live somewhere with good mangoes (I don’t), feel free to use a fresh one instead of the frozen chunks.
In a seafood mood? Substitute cooked shrimp for the chicken.
Mango Chicken Salad with Cashews
- 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks thawed
- 1 tablespoon unsalted raw cashews toasted
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 1/2 ounces fresh baby spinach
- 8 ounces cooked chicken breast shredded
- 1 medium red bell pepper sliced
- 3/4 cup frozen mango chunks thawed
- 3 tablespoons unsalted raw cashews toasted
In a food processor or blender, combine 1/4 cup mango, 1 tablespoon cashews, olive oil, water, salt, and pepper.
Cover and process until no chunks remain.
Arrange spinach on two serving plates or shallow bowls.
Add chicken, bell pepper, and remaining mango chunks and drizzle with dressing.
Top with remaining cashews.
If you don't have a tiny food processor or blender, make a double batch of the dressing and save some for later. My full-sized blender wouldn't function with the small amount of ingredients in the dressing.
This salad is equally good when you substitute cooked shrimp for the chicken.
Watching sodium? Cut back on the added salt or eat less chicken.
Want to make the salad lower in carbs? Use the mango in the dressing, but don't put any chunks in your salad.