Mango Avocado Salad

by Jenn on December 4, 2011

in Dairy Free,Diabetic Friendly,Gluten Free,Meats,Salads

Avocado Mango Salad

It’s amazing how I can go visit my family for two weeks and come back to find that there has been an abrupt yet complete transformation into Winter.  No snow here yet, but that nip is in the air and the wind blows with a chill that makes anyone want to bundle themselves up in a hat and scarf, maybe thinking twice before venturing outside.

Most would consider this the official season for warm Wintery comfort foods – baked potatoes, fondue, stews, and the like.  However while it may not be so pleasant outside, inside our apartment is a sweltering sauna – we have yet to ever activate our heating, and most of the time often crack a window to help relieve us a bit – maybe our neighbors love the warmth too much and so their heat finds its way to our place? I don’t know – but when home, the last thing I want to eat is a thick hot meal.

So instead I have been stocking up our kitchen with my favorite fruits – mangoes, clementines, pomegranates, avocados, whatever looks refreshing when we go shopping.  Dinners have been salads – something light to enjoy the fun tropical flavors that come out in Winter, that aren’t going to heat up our apartment so much (well more than it already is).  On top of that, most salads that my husband and I make are naturally gluten free – that is, we don’t add in croutons or complicated dressings that require substitutions, we simply prepare fresh ingredients and dress with simple dressings for something easy that doesn’t require much thought.

This mango avocado salad is one such salad, and after making it more than a few times in the past month alone we have yet to tire of it:)

I love putting avocado in salads. Ever since I can remember, avocados have been a near staple in our home.  I can eat them plain, just cutting them in half and scooping out the soft green flesh with a spoon and be completely satisfied.  So when I go to look for something refreshing and satisfying, I often reach for avocado and see what I can pair with it – actually, there aren’t too many things that avocado doesn’t go with! I am always continually amazed at how it supports accompanying flavors and yet never gets lost in a dish, and this salad is no exception.

So here is something quick, simple and light for you to enjoy, which maybe during the time between Thanksgiving and the end of year holiday festivities is a welcomed thing – it certainly is for me :)


Mango Avocado Salad
Mango Avocado Salad
Preptime: 15 minutes to chop fruit and cook pancetta
Total Time: 20 minutes

100g (1/4 lb.) pancetta or thick cut bacon, cubed
1 mango, cubed
1 avocado, cubed
handful pomegranate seeds
oil for dressing (not olive oil – I used an artisan quality raps – canola, though nut oils or avocado may also work well)
juice of one half lime
splash vinegar
fleur de sel or sea salt

1. Heat a skillet on the stove and cook pancetta until cooked through.  Remove from pan and drain excess fat off – you may also want to dab pancetta with a paper towel.
2. Mix pancetta, mango, avocado and pomegranate seeds together gently in a bowl.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients (oil, citrus, vinegar) and then pour desired amount over the salad.
4. Garnish with fleur de sel. Enjoy!


Also submitted to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays


Rosa December 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm

A colorful and heavenly looking salad! I also love to eat that kind of exotic and fresh dish during the winter.



Jenn December 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Thanks Rosa!

Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet December 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Gorgeous Jenn. I love salads like this.

Jenn December 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Thanks so much Heather!

Archena December 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I am going to skip the bacon or pancetta and still try this, still looks like this will be yum!

Jenn December 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Hope you enjoy it! I’ve made it without the bacon/pancetta on several occasions and still love it :)

Shannon December 5, 2011 at 12:28 am

Anything colorful in the drab of winter makes me happy. : ) Can’t wait to try it! Thanks.

Jenn December 5, 2011 at 8:05 am

Thanks! I love colorful salads as well :)

Ashleigh @ December 5, 2011 at 1:37 am

Looks amazing! I love mango and avocado! Beautiful photography too.

Jenn December 5, 2011 at 8:06 am


roz December 5, 2011 at 1:50 am

Is this quantity for a 1 person main course salad? or?

Jenn December 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

It’s the smallest amt. I can make using a mango and an avocado – if used as a side dish it can easily be split into multiple portions, or depending on how hungry you are maybe as a lunch for one. I find it makes around 2 cups depending on the sizes of avocados and mangoes that one uses.

chinmayie @ love food eat December 5, 2011 at 3:13 am

Beautiful salad with lovely colours and textures…

Jenn December 5, 2011 at 8:06 am

Thank you !

Sara - Home Is Where The Cookies Are December 5, 2011 at 3:52 am

Oh, I love avacado and mango – separate or together, love them with cilantro too. Great suggestion to take a break from all the winter foods! Another beautiful photo too – *sigh* – wish I could take them as well as you do! 😉

Jenn December 5, 2011 at 8:07 am

aww thank you!

Mimi Avocado December 5, 2011 at 4:10 am

Thanks to Steph @StepState for find your post and sending me here! We share avocado recipes on our Facebook page Avocados_Direct. Our family farm ships fresh avocados picked to order We’ll be sharing your recipe on our FB page today! Thank you!

Jenn December 5, 2011 at 8:09 am

Thanks so much! Glad you enjoy it, as you can tell I love avocados :)

Simone December 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I love gorgeous salads like that jenn! We do have the opposite problem in terms of heating of the house. It’s north faced and the big window gives of a big chill too especially these days when we have sort of a storm howling around the house. Temperatures are still nowhere near cold enough but I am sure it will turn any day now!

Jenn December 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thanks so much Simone, and stay warm!

Connie/Marinating Online December 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm

It is great to see a post that is not a cookie or giveaway. Love the avos.

Jenn December 6, 2011 at 6:27 am

thank you! Ha funny that you mention cookies because that will be my next post – but they are not often I promise :)

Priscilla - She's Cookin' December 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I adore mango and avocado any time of year. Of course, we are fortunate to have them year round to enjoy!

Jenn December 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Priscilla!

Barbara | Creative Culinary December 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Gorgeous and reminds me I need to get some pomegranate. Great salad and gorgeous photo.

Jenn December 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm

aww thanks Barbara!

Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen December 6, 2011 at 2:39 am

Mango and avocado! hauntingly beautiful! tangy mango with that buttery texture from avocado. and pomegranate crunch with salty bacon! wow…

Jenn December 6, 2011 at 6:19 am

Thanks! Yeah this salad is all my favorite flavors :)

Kiri W. December 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

This looks fantastic! Fresh, vibrant, creamy form the avocado – wonderful recipe :)

Jenn December 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks so much :)

easyfoodsmith December 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Delicious flavours and a beautiful salad; the colours are so inviting and looking so cheerful :) Congrats on being in Top 9

Jenn December 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thank you so much!

Jen December 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Yum! This sounds and looks amazing! Would be perfect on a fish taco too.

Jenn December 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Oh I love the fish taco idea, genius!

Amanda @ Thinly Sliced Cucumber December 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm

What a beautiful salad! While it’s never warm in my house this time of year, I still find myself craving fresh fruits. I can’t seem to get enough of pomegranates, clementines and pears. Maybe because it’s so drab outside I feel the need to brighten things up a bit in the kitchen. This salad is just what I need. Can’t wait to make it!

Jenn December 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I think that is definitely part of it – I have been eating my weight in clementines as well – hope you enjoy the salad :)

Nancy@acommunaltable December 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Much and all as I love the “comfort” foods of winter, I need a break from them from time to time and this salad looks like the perfect antidote – fresh, flavorful and colorful… not to mention easy to make!!

Jenn December 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Thanks Nancy!

Christine December 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Oh man! This looks fantastic, Jenn! I really hope that my husband won’t stick to his “no fruit with meat” rule so that I can make it. Or I guess I could just make some for myself. 😉

Jenn December 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Thanks Christine! You can always leave out the pancetta on his portion and just enjoy it for yourself :)

Terris@ Free Eats December 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

Love the photo, love the salad! Looks like a plate of jewels. Gorgeous!

Jenn December 7, 2011 at 1:11 am

Thank you!

Christine December 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Hey Jenn, your Salad is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win?

Jenn December 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm

cool, thanks!

Elizebeth December 8, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I love the flavor combination. And the fresh colors. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Jenn December 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Oh thanks! Hope you enjoy it :)

The Healthy Apple December 9, 2011 at 4:15 am

This looks beautiful; LOVE the colors…mango and avocado make the perfect combo. Have a fabulous weekend, Jen! Happy Holidays.

Jenn December 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Thanks so much, enjoy your weekend as well!

Kelsey December 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm

This looks so delicious, Jenn. What a perfect way to lighten up after one too many decadent holiday meals.

Jenn December 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Thanks so much Kelsey!

InTolerantChef December 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

Perfect for us, with mangoes less than $1 at the moment, yummo!

Jenn December 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Oooh wonderful! Mangoes are cheap here right now but not that cheap!

JenE January 15, 2012 at 1:39 am

Ohhhhh mama! Everything that is good is in this salad. Served w/ steak and a baked potato and a nice bottle of pinot noir. MMMMMMM…..

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