Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mango grilled chicken spinach salad with raspberry viniagrette

mango chicken salad 1
mango chicken salad 2
We're over the comfort foods that I mentioned in my last few recipe posts. We braved a veritably frigid winter for about two weeks in January (30-40 degree weather in Los Angeles is as real as winter gets here), but now the weather has slowly inched towards the warmer temperatures, which coincides with our systems' craving for fresher foods, specifically in the green category, for we're tired of traditional winter fare  - soups, heavier proteins, and carbs. We had a bunch of odds and ends in the kitchen, which manifested themselves into a mango chicken salad of sorts.  It turned out rather tasty, and our guests scarfed down the salad more speedily than the main entree that night. One can't go wrong with avocado, mango, and grilled chicken as salad complements. We've definitely been making this salad on repeat since then - it's fast to throw together, full of nutrients, rich in protein, and replete with satisfying chicken salad 3
Mango Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Baby spinach
Red onion, thinly sliced
Carrots, grated into thin strips
Greek kalamata olives
Avocado, thinly sliced
Mango, cubed
Grilled chicken
Roasted pistachios
Roasted almonds
Freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp seedless sugar-free raspberry jam
Handful of fresh raspberries

1. Combine spinach, red onion, carrots, kalamata olives, avocado, mango, and grilled chicken. Season with some freshly ground pepper. Top with roasted pistachios and almonds.
2. In a food processor or blender, combine extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, jam, and raspberries. Blend until smooth. Drizzle dressing lightly over salad and enjoy!


  1. I can't believe you just the together the prettiest salad ever! Omgsh. I am always amazed when I read your blog! My husband would be a happy, happy guy if I could do what you do in the kitchen! My thrown-together salad would probably be spinach leaves, tomatoes and parmesan. I am so boring. (and I actually have done that kind of recently haha)

  2. oOoO~ nommy salad<3
    Wanna try this since I've never had it with mango~


  3. YUMMM!! This sounds so good and satisfying. I'll have to try to make this...especially since my husband loves raspberry vinaigrette dressing! =)

  4. oh, how pretty are all of these greens mixed together!? I seriously love photographing salads! the salad dressing sounds amazing!

    lindsey lousie

  5. Oh gosh, who wouldn't want to eat this on repeat! So delicious!!
    xo TJ

  6. I eat salads everyday and use tons of veggies, leftovers from dinner, nuts and cheese and it is so filling. Yours looks delicious and I am sure tastes so good after many heavy meals.

  7. I have been eating spinach lately like there is no tomorrow.. So this salad sounds especially scrumptious!


  8. Oh Helen! This looks so fresh, healthy, and delicious!


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  10. This has mango and chicken: two of my favorite things. I shall be whipping this up, thanks to you :)

  11. Mmm THis looks delicious! And I NEVER say that about salad! ha ha unless it is costa vida;)

  12. thank you for this delicious tutorial. looks so yummy and fresh. i have to try and make this soon! -xo.melody

  13. mmmm yes this looks very easily devoured by all that lay eyes on it!

  14. Salad is almost everyday here. I love mango, it's so refreshing with salad. It sounds great and it's beautifully photographed. Take care,


  15. Absolutely beautifully captured salad. Love the photo. Healthy and the mango part of it must make it so refreshing.

  16. I don't think I've had a salad yet this year!

  17. This looks so delicious and refreshing. Perfect for summer evening or an evening where you pretend it's summer!

  18. That salad looks soo delicious and healthy!

  19. This is MY kind of salad! Delish!

  20. Hi there, I'm new to your blog & I just love it. Beautiful pictures, beautiful words... and a beautiful salad too. =)

  21. how gorgeous and delicious is this salad!

    it looks awesome.
    avocados help this wintery blueness oh-so-much!

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  23. Yum!!! I really have to try it!


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