10 minute Spicy Spring/Summer Salad with Strawberries, Rocket and Mango

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Salad with Fruits and Vegetables
SALAD! Does that draw a picture of a bowl of assorted green colour leaves, specks of cucumbers with hints of red in the form of cherry tomatoes with a usual dark brown or white dressing drizzled on the top?

Well, that is what I was accustomed to. Until recently, I discovered the various combinations that go into making these otherwise green healthy bowls into some sort of exotic artistic palates!

One of the greatest revelations to my taste buds was the addition of diced or chopped fruits to green leafy salads that changed the whole flavour spectrum.

Fruits added to an ordinary mix of leaves and salad vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, raddish, peppers, celery gives a salad a natural tangy sweetness and breaks the monotony of blandness.

This also means that you do not have to take that extra step to make complex or heavy salad dressings to add flavour to a bowl.

A salad made with fruits and vegetables not only enhances the taste but also has added health benefits too! It’s almost like eating your 3 parts of 5 a day diet!

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Summer Salad Ideas
Spring and summer time is perhaps the best time of the year to get an abundance and variety of fruits and salad ingredients.

With the temperatures running high; you need to keep your body temperature low and feeling light. Heavy greasy meals raise bad cholesterol and can increase inflammation of the body making you feel a bit bloated and lethargic! ( needing an afternoon siesta post a pot of pasta!!)

A cool, crisp light salad with colourful fruits makes for a great healthy quick summer meal that is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals!

Just what to need to maintain that bikini bod!

Making salad becomes quicker if you have the right kind of gadgets which makes chopping a piece of cake; or in this case a bowl of salad!

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For an easy summer salad idea think about the following combinations of flavours:

  • Green sprouts, cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes and sunflower seeds
  • Avocado, peach, Gorgonzola, Rocket
  • Mixed green, oranges, grapefruit, feta and nuts
  • Garbanzo beans, cucumbers, olives, feta, grapes, apples
  •  Fennel, apples, oranges and pine nuts
  • Kidney beans, peppers, corn, red onions, cranberries and cucumber
  • Raddish, celery, mixed green and pineapple
  • Lettuce, Baby spinach, grapes and roasted nuts

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Spicy Spring/Summer Salad with Strawberries, Rocket and Mango
This summer salad was put together as a spur of the moment thing post my shopping trip. I had bought some fresh rocket leaves and strawberries (amongst the hundred other bags) and was starving after the long day at the aisles!

There were no leftovers for me to go to, so I opened my newly purchased produce and started to put together flavours that I wanted to eat. In this case it was the bright green rocket leaves and juicy red sweet and tangy strawberries.

I also had half eaten mango which I tossed in too!

There is absolutely no reason for you to stick to the same salad ingredients that I have used. Feel free to make your own combinations.

For the dressing, I fancied something spicy and non-vinaigrette dressing, so came up with the idea of making one with some mango chutney from the jar.

The reason for me to share this recipe with you is that I would like you to try this unique yet effortless dressing. The use of mango chutney as a dressing gives the salad a spicy tangy sweet taste that really tantalises the taste buds!

Here is the recipe in detail:

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Over To You

What did you think of this easy to put summer salad recipe with fruits? Please do share your favourite combinations for me to try this summer.

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Ingredients

For the Salad
Rocket leaves - 250 gms
Fresh Strawberries - 1/2 cup, chopped
Cucumber - 1/2, chopped
Red onions - 1/2, chopped
Mangoes - 1/2 cup, choppedFresh Strawberries - 1/2 cup, chopped
Cucumber - 1/2, chopped
Red onions - 1/2, chopped
Mangoes - 1/2 cup, chopped
For the Dressing
Spicy mango chutney - 3 tbsp
Olive Oil - 3 tbsp
Balsamic vinegar - 1tbsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste (black salt preferred if available)
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Directions

1
Make the Dressing
2
In a small bowl add olive oil, mango chutney, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and salt. Give it a good mix so that all ingredients gets mixed well. Set aside.
3
Put the rocket leaves in a bowl .
4
Add the chopped fruits, cucumbers and onions to it.
5
Generously add the salad dressing and give the salad a good toss so that the dressing is well absorded by the leaves and fruits.
6
Eat on its own or with any protein of your choice.