summer salad {chic eats}

This recipe from my Mum has quickly become my favourite summer salad, and if you’ve come to dinner at my house there is a good chance you’ve had it :)  It’s goes well with chicken, fish, or even just served on it’s own for a light lunch.

It’s really a simple recipe and easy to prep, mostly just chopping a few vegetables.  I like to layer each ingredient especially if you have a nice clear glass bowl to serve it in.  The colours are beautiful and the presentation is impressive :)  And as good as it is the first day, the leftovers are even tastier after sitting overnight!


3 mango’s

1 red pepper

bunch of cilantro

1 avocado

1/2 large red onion

1 package cherry tomatoes

1 can of corn

1 can of black beans


1/3 cup olive oil

fresh lime juice {2}

1 garlic clove

1 tsp ground cumin spice

1 tsp cayenne spice

1TBSP liquid honey

Chop all of the salad vegetables into similar sized pieces and start layering.  I forgot to grab a photo of the mango’s and black beans to start but that is usually the 2 most bottom layers.  I keep the similar colours vegetables separated, so starting on the bottom I’ll have: mango, black bean, red pepper, cilantro, corn, tomatoes, and end with the avocado on top.




If you’re not serving the salad immediately keep the avocado off (and uncut) until right before.  If you have to add it before hand just squeeze some lemon juice onto the cubes pieces to help to keep them from turning brown.


When you are layering make sure to put the most around the outside of the bowl.  This will make sure that you see the different layers well.  By the end you’ll have a small hollow area in the middle which the avocado fits perfectly into.


The dressing is what really gives it that kick, and I’m generally not a salad dressing fan, but this one is definitely worth making! If you have a small food processor or food bullet, it’ll work perfectly.  Add the garlic first, then once it’s chopped up add the rest of the ingredients and blend.

saladdressingblogI usually serve this with tortilla chips and they make great spoons for scooping too.


Posted on: August 3rd, 2011 by Leslie 1 Comment

One Response

  1. Jacqueline says:

    I see a little avocado thief in the photo! Dawson : )

    This salad looks delicious, I might just have to make it this weekend! Question: can you just mix it up and eat it like an actual salad (avec a fork), or are you supposed to eat it with the tortilla chips? (I’m a wee bit confused about this salad) merci!

    love from your completely incompetent cooking sister