Mango Salad with Grilled Shrimp

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This mango salad has a tropical flair; it’s drizzled with a creamy cilantro lime dressing and topped with crunchy cashews and grilled shrimp.

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This recipe is a little out of the ordinary for us, since 1. it includes seafood, and 2. it’s not terribly local or seasonal (though the radishes, peppers, and salad greens are!). But, we like to consider ourselves flexible: we do eat fish or meat on occasion, and we do buy things like mangoes even though they’ll never grow in Indiana. Keep reading for this mango salad recipe!

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Making this mango salad recipe

This shrimp and mango salad recipe is drop-dead delicious: the sweet mango, creamy cilantro dressing, salty cashews, and savory shrimp work together beautifully. Second, it’s an incredibly healthy main dish with so many flavor components you could slide it past resistant healthy eaters. And third, it’s versatile enough for a crowd of various diets. Omit the shrimp for a vegetarian salad, and load up on cashews. It’s already gluten-free and low carb. If you’re vegan, try our Creamy Cilantro Sauce instead.

We enjoyed this mango salad recipe as an easy meal with my best friend, her husband, and their sweet baby girl on a recent trip to my homeland (Minnesota). It does take a bit of chopping, but with the ladies chopping and the guys manning the grill, it came together in a flash. We all loved it, and it fit into both their post-baby diet and our real food/flexitarian diet.

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Video: How to cut a mango

The hardest part about making this mango salad recipe is cutting the mango! To learn how to cut a mango, below is a fun video Alex and I put together showing the way that we cut mangos. Here’s me cutting a mango in our kitchen!

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This grilled shrimp and mango salad recipe is pescatarian and gluten-free.

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Mango Salad with Grilled Shrimp


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This mango salad has a tropical flair; it’s drizzled with a creamy cilantro lime dressing and topped with crunchy cashews and grilled shrimp.


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Ingredients

For the mango salad

  • 8 cups salad greens
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 mango
  • ¾ pound shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted cashews

For the cilantro lime dressing

  • 2 green onions
  • ⅔ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup cilantro, lightly packed
  • 1 lime (2 tablespoons juice)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium high.
  2. Wash the salad greens. Dice the pepper. Thinly slice the radishes. Peel the cucumber, then thinly slice it. Dice the mango (see the video below!).
  3. Place the shrimp onto skewers and sprinkle it lightly with kosher salt, cumin and paprika. Grill over medium high heat until pink and opaque, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  4. To make the dressing, chop the green onions and place them in the cup of an immersion blender (or blender). Add the Greek yogurt, lightly packed cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, kosher salt, and honey. Blend to combine.
  5. To serve, place salad greens on a plate. Top with vegetables, shrimp, and cashews, and drizzle with cilantro lime dressing. (Dressing stores in a sealable container in the refrigerator for 1 week.)

Notes

Inspired by The Naked Fig

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Mango salad recipe, Mango shrimp salad, Cilantro lime shrimp salad, Cilantro lime dressing, Healthy dinner recipes, Grilled Shrimp

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

6 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly
    September 9, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Davy says, “Yay!” :)

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    Steve @coolcathotfood
    September 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Well it may not be seasonal for you, but it certainly is for us here in Thailand. In fact, it is almost a perfect Thai dish as all the ingredients are both local and classically Thai (except the avocados, but they do grow them here…just not the Haas varietal). Sounds like a perfect light lunch or dinner.

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    September 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Fantastic salad. You’re right it’s so versatile for many dietary needs. And this creamy cilantro dressing looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Susan
    September 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

    This salad sounds delicious! I would have to sub chicken for the shrimp because my husband doesn’t like shrimp. For me, you’ve combined a lot of my favorite flavors. Really looking forward to making this.

  • Reply
    Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen
    September 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Sunshine on a plate! This is a salad for those days when I’m not quite ready to give up on summer…

  • Reply
    The Naked Fig
    September 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This looks beautiful! So glad you liked my salad. Your variation sounds great!

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