Grey days deserve brightening up and there is no better way to lift ones mood, than to indulge in a rather bright and summery looking salad….. in winter. I recently had this salad at a cheery little deli/restaurant on the Kings Road (they have two branches now at differing ends of the Kings Road) called Megan’s, where the staff are attentive and cheerful and there is a constant flow of customers coming in to have breakfast, lunch or to indulge in tea and cake, either to-go or to linger for a while in the warm haven of the restaurant. There is a positive buzz, not least because the food is fresh and inviting and made on the premises. It’s casual, unstuffy eating where you queue in line at the salad and hot bar and take your pick.
What initially attracted me to the chicken, mango and avocado salad was the colour – the bold yellow balancing beautifully with the reddish pink of the radish and the green from the salad leaves and coriander. The blend of flavours and textures complimented each other so well and I like the fact that the chicken had been delicately romancing with the dressing.
I took a mental note of what was in the salad and swore to conjure up a similar one in my home and then to share with you all when I had got it right. Of course it works brilliantly in the summer months, but I think a splash of colour and a healthy salad in the winter is fabulously refreshing. You can choose to have your grilled chicken warm or at room temperature, both work equally well so it is up to your personal preference.
What recipes do you cook when you need to brighten up your day?
Chicken, Mango and Avocado Salad
Romaine lettuce, chopped
300g chicken breasts
bunch of coriander, roughly chopped
approximately 6 radishes, sliced
salt and pepper
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp whole grain mustard
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1. Preheat the grill to 180 degrees and cook the chicken for around 20 minutes, turning half way through.
2. Slice, cut and chop the remaining salad ingredients and place in a large bowl.
3. Mix the dressing ingredients together and place to one side.
4. When the chicken is cooked, slice the chicken breasts into strips of edible bites and place into the large bowl.
5. Add a little of the dressing and then gently toss together with all the salad ingredients.
6. Place in a serving platter for guests to serve themselves, with a small jug with the remaining dressing on the side.
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