Cashew Chicken Mango Salad

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Cashew Chicken Mango Salad is a hearty, healthy salad drizzled with homemade Honey-Lime Vinaigrette.

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Well, it finally happened. My baby bump took down its first victim this weekend – a cheese sign at Whole Foods.

I know.

I was grocery shopping by myself and perusing the cheese section, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted one of Ben’s favorite beers on sale nearby (Bell’s Two Hearted). Being the craft beer supporting wife that I am, I zipped over and began circling the tower of ale looking for a price tag. If it was under $10, it was totally going into the cart! A too-tight twist of the hips later and a sign advertising the price of a fancy cheddar that was nestled into the beer tower came crashing down, along with my dignity.

It took me a good 10 seconds to figure out it was my protruding belly that had caused the accident, and not some rogue child or a bird that had flown in from the parking lot which was now wreaking havoc on unstable cheese signs throughout the store. Red faced, I bent at the knees and retrieved the sign, then slapped it in place of a 6-pack and high-tailed it outta there.

Never did get any cheese…

It’s just as well because Ben and I are both still feeling rather, well, puffy, from our trip down south. Fried Alligator will do that to you. Therefore we’ve vowed to “detox” this week by eating lots of vegetables and fruit, plus I’ve got a full lineup of healthy, wholesome dinners planned for us starting with Cashew Chicken Mango Salad. 

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Right now Whole Foods is featuring Ataulfo mangoes, also known as champagne or yellow mangoes, in their stores, and they asked me to come up with a recipe using them in a delicious way. Mango is my very favorite fruit (tied with fresh pineapple, natch) and the timing was perfect to add it to a healthy salad, plus they’re throwing in a nice $50 gift card to one IGE reader (details below!) How could I resist?

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Mango Cashew Chicken Salad combines sugary-sweet mangoes with simply seasoned-then-sauteed (or grilled – 75 and sunny today – whee!) chicken, buttery avocado, and creamy cashews in a hearty, healthy salad drizzled with homemade Honey-Lime Vinaigrette. This is totally a salad I would pay good money for at a cafe, but it’s so easy to make at home.

The combo of fresh flavors, plus a seasoned chicken breast for staying power, makes this the perfect light lunch or dinner. The only thing that’s missing is a table and chairs outside some cute cafe to enjoy it at!

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Start the Cashew Chicken Mango Salad by brushing 1lb chicken breasts (about 3 small ones) with extra virgin olive oil then seasoning with salt & pepper on both sides. Saute for 4 minutes per side, or until done, or fire up the grill and give those babies a nice sizzle. Still waiting for Ben to make sure ours is good to go for the season. Sistah don’t mess around with propane tanks! Set the cooked chicken aside to cool for a bit, then chop into bite-sized pieces.

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While the chicken’s doin’ its thang, turn your attention to zee mangoes. As I mentioned, I used Ataulfo mangoes which are small and sweet, and unique not only for their s-shape and honey-colored hue, but also because their pit is a lot thinner than traditional mangoes which means you get more yummy mango flesh for your buck.

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Look for ataulfo mangoes that are deep golden or honey-colored vs bright yellow, and press with your thumb to determine ripeness. If they’re soft, you’re good. If they’re mushy, they’re overripe.

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There are a number of different ways to cut a mango (Whole Foods highlights some of them in their latest blog post >) but my all-time favorite way is to slice the bottom off, slice the peel off with a knife, then cut the cheeks off the sides and chop. 

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After prepping the mangoes, pit then chop a couple avocados. I feel like avocados are exploding in popularity right now. Case in point, my parents went through 20 last week. TWENTY. To be fair they went through a bunch on Easter Sunday when the whole fam was over, but still. Right?!

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Pile plates high with baby spinach, or the lettuce of your choosing, then top with the mangoes, avocados, chicken, and a sprinkling of salty cashews. Drizzle with homemade Honey-Lime Vinaigrette (ingredients in the recipe below) and enjoy!

Cashew Chicken Mango Salad | iowagirleats.com

Cashew Chicken Mango Salad

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Serves 4

Ingredients:
1lb chicken breasts
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
3 Ataulfo mangoes (or 2 regular mangoes,) peeled & chopped
2 avocados, peeled & chopped
1/2 cup cashews
12 cups mixed lettuce

For the Honey-Lime Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup lime juice
2 Tablespoons honey
salt & pepper
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions: 

  1. Brush chicken breasts with extra virgin olive oil then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Saute in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes a side, or until cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, then chop into bite-sized pieces.
  2. For the Honey-Lime Vinaigrette: Combine lime juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a food processor or bowl. Stream in olive oil while processing, or slowly add while whisking. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  3. Divide lettuce between plates then top with cooked chicken, mangoes, avocados, and 2 Tablespoons cashews each. Drizzle with dressing and then serve.

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This salad is really unbelievable – especially when you consider how easy it is to prepare.

Cashew Chicken Mango Salad | iowagirleats.com

Don’t forget the honey-lime vinaigrette, either. It’s really a showstopper!!

Cashew Chicken Mango Salad | iowagirleats.com

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Comments

  1. Susan 04.08.2013

    A beautiful salad that’s both beautiful and healthful (as most of your recipes are). I’ll be enjoying this one soon!

  2. Aww, I am sure having a protruding belly takes some getting used to! Cute story though.
    Great flavor combination in this salad! I feel like you have done a similar one here before…

  3. Jen Rzasa 04.08.2013

    This looks yummy!

  4. Brenda 04.08.2013

    I have two mangoes in the refrigerator right now. I was going to make fish tacos with mango salsa, but I think I’ll try this salad. It sounds DELICIOUS!

  5. This salad sounds so light and perfect for springtime! Plus, cashews are totally my favorite nut – I eat them by the handful :-P

  6. Regan 04.08.2013

    Oh u r too cute…..no worries….many more of those moments to come…and don’t worry most come with hugs..so not as awkward….you forget you have such a big belly since you aren’t used to it!!…. Love whole foods…I would go gluten free crazy!….

  7. Sara 04.08.2013

    LOL! I’m due next week and my bump hits things all the time. The first time though was at a restaurant and when I sat down in the booth, my bump completely moved the table towards my hubby on the other side! We thought it was hilarious.

  8. Aww cute story. Don’t worry, it’s never quite as embarrassing as we make it out to be in our minds. However, I will say the clumsiness does get worse as your bump grows! Just makes for even better stories. ;)

  9. Kaitlin 04.08.2013

    You are too cute, and Ben has great taste in beer! I live in Kalamazoo (yes, there really IS a Kalamazoo!) where Bells was founded and is brewed. Cheers! ;)

  10. STACY 04.08.2013

    I’ve never had a mango but that sounds yummy! Also, I’ve definitely bumped into things with my baby bump as well…

  11. Elicia 04.08.2013

    If your hubs is a craft beer connoisseur, have him check out the new kid on the local brewing scene, 515 Brewing Company!

  12. Trisha 04.08.2013

    I’m not sure I’ve ever been more obsessed with avocadoes than I am right now. I bought a teeny tiny organic one for nearly two dollars the other day because it was the only one left and I just had to have my fix! This salad looks DIVINE! And while I’m sure it was embarassing as all get out, I can only imagine that your bump “incident” was incredibly adorable.

  13. That salad looks delish! All my favorite ingredients!!

  14. Stefanie 04.08.2013

    Love, love, love all the ingredients in this salad. Cashews were my go-to protein when I was expecting my son. When I was entering the grocery store in my 40th week, a man literally JUMPED out of my way. Work that bump!

  15. Tieghan 04.08.2013

    This salad look so yummy! Mangos and cashews are two of my favorites!

  16. Kathleen Welch 04.08.2013

    Mangos and avocados, Yum !the whole combination sounds great !

  17. This looks incredible! Something I’m totally craving right now…

  18. This looks delicious! I love mangoes and have been buying more avocados recently too- mostly cause they’re on sale!

    • i’m such a produce sales shopper. sometimes we have entire weeks of meals based around what produce is on sale or has coupons that week haha.

  19. Looks like a wonderful salad!

  20. Candy 04.08.2013

    This salad looks so yummy…have to get me some mangoes and cashews!!

  21. Megan 04.08.2013

    Being a girl from Michigan – I appreciate your husband’s taste in microbrews! Two Hearted is amazing! Way to go Bells Brewery!

  22. Mandy 04.08.2013

    Have you posted this salad before, because I just had it last week…and I could swear I got the recipe from you! Anyway, it’s delicious! I didn’t add chicken, and I still stayed full for a good, long time. The avocado and cashews make it substantial enough.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 04.09.2013

      I looked back and yep, I’ve made something similar with oranges and an apple cider vinaigrette!

  23. Shineun 04.08.2013

    Ow My Gosh this looks SoOoOoOo Yummmmmy!!!! This is a mush try!!! All my favorites in one salad!!! Thanks a bunch! : D

  24. Take out the chicken, replace with tempeh and I’m happy. ;)

  25. Emily 04.08.2013

    This sounds so yummy! I made your key west grilled chicken and got a bad mango…the second time I made it the salsa was to die for! Good mangos are key, I definitely need to figure out how to tell if they are ripe.

  26. oh my gosh, i giggled at the bump story. that’s what i imagine my entire klutzy pregnancy will be like someday. this is good inspiration for dinner this week, we are doing a vacay detox as well (http://hooleywithaz.com/palaola-a-me-honu). we did a mandarin chicken salad twice this week and it felt so good!

  27. Karen B 04.08.2013

    Can relate to the baby bump story only we’re on to the actual baby stage! Apparently we took out an orchid plant in a clay pot. I *thought* she was tucked in quite nicely, but one little foot was sticking out of her baby carrier and crash. Scene indeed. I didn’t even know what happened, let alone that we were involved. You’d think I would be a smooth operator by baby #3. Notsomuch! Anyways, I will tuck in my baby properly and be shopping for these salad ingredients soon. YUM.

  28. Jess 04.08.2013

    This salad is calling my name – all delicious things I can get here in Thailand. I can’t get enough of the mangos right now – they are so incredibly sweet – amazing!

  29. Joanie K 04.08.2013

    The salad looks delicious. Need to head to my Whole Foods that mango and avocado -yummy!

  30. Mary Hansen 04.09.2013

    Love your blog! Thanks for the bump update every entry!

  31. This salad looks incredible! Love the mango and cashew combo!!

  32. Deb 04.09.2013

    This salad looks so good! I will be making it after I go get some mangos. I always enjoy reading your blog and making your recipes.

  33. Gah! It looks so summery! I wish it was 75 degrees here in Wisconsin and mango salad weather; I think we’ll be hopping late onto that train this year.

  34. I think that recipe has all of my favourite ingredients!!! I have bookmarked this and will definitely be making it soon! :D

  35. Avery @ SBLW 04.09.2013

    Mixing together avocado and mango sounds delicious. I never would have thought of it, but now I’m craving that mix!

  36. Kari Bailey 04.09.2013

    This salad looks delish. Gonna try this recipe this weekend!

  37. Susan 04.09.2013

    Thanks for the recipe — looks delicious!

  38. kari 04.09.2013

    Looks delish Kristin! Hope you’re enjoying your day, you always brighten ours!

  39. Theresa 04.09.2013

    That looks so delicious and refreshing! It reminds me of a salad at this little restaurant I worked at in college! I always want to try all of the recipes you post!

    When I cook chicken in the frying pan, I feel like it turns out tough. Do you have a secret? Or am I doing something wrong? If I cook it in a broth or sauce, it tastes great. But with just oil in a frying pan it seems tough and dry.

  40. I love mangoes! I always buy a ton telling myself i can freeze some for smoothies. But I always eat them before I get a chance to!

  41. champagne mangoes are my fave! you can buy a big case at sam’s for like $8. deelish!

  42. Kristina 04.09.2013

    Your center of balance is off kilter – you are allowed to bump into and knock over anything without embarrassment!

    That salad looks delish. I may be lazy and just swing by Culvers to get their chicken and cashew salad though.

  43. Bridgette 04.09.2013

    If you think knocking over the sign was a bit embarrassing…wait for the stares you’ll get buying alcohol for your hubby when you’re about 8 months pregnant. LOL I felt like I needed a sign attached to it that said, “Don’t worry, this isn’t for me!” :)

  44. ErikaMC 04.09.2013

    Cashew anything is amazing! This looks so summery and good.

  45. Julia Jolliff 04.09.2013

    That story is hilarious!! I totally know how you feel…at the end of my pregnancy my belly was so big I knocked over any and everything in my way. :)

    I love mango–this salad looks wonderful!

  46. This salad sounds incredible! Love the mango cashew combination!

  47. Joy 04.10.2013

    Don’t worry I walk into things all the time and I’m not pregnant (just clumsy)

  48. Staci Getzschman 04.10.2013

    Cute story! I fell through my in-laws floor air return when expecting my now 6 yr old…flaming red face is something I have empathy for. oh, and I am afraid I MUST make (and eat ) all of this yummy looking salad.

  49. betsy 04.10.2013

    Can’t wait to make this salad my kids both love Mango’s.

  50. Brenda 04.11.2013

    I made this for dinner last night and served it to our neighbors. There wasn’t a crumb left on anyone’s plate! Delicious! I followed your recipe, but I added rings of red onion and feta cheese crumbles. This recipe is a keeper.

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