We call this $30 salad at our house. My brother-in-law Charlie deemed this a $30 salad. I think he might have been referring to the cost of the ingredients, but Andy swears it is because they would pay $30 to eat this salad in a restaurant. This does NOT cost $30 to make.
This is a bright and cheerful addition to any meal.
It’s real name is Strawberry Mandarin Salad with Mango Coconut Dressing. We used to eat a similar salad, along with the best banana bread and strawberry butter at a restaurant in Venice, Florida. This is another of those foods we had not seen anywhere else and no recipe existed. So, as usual, I felt compelled to create a recipe that would be similar. I have been asked to share this recipe most times I have carried it to gatherings or served it at my house to guests.
This salad is perfect for summertime when fresh, bright-red, juicy strawberries are widely available. But, this can be enjoyed anytime of the year if you don’t mind the not so sweet, wintertime strawberries you can buy in a local grocery store. Andy doesn’t mind which strawberries I use, he will eat this anytime!
Mix mango, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, vinegar, and lemon juice together. I use the food processor for this. Blend in oil. Add coconut milk and blend well. Add enough of the reserved mandarin orange juice and thin to your liking.
Chill well and pour over salad and toss just before serving.
Leftover dressing may thicken, just thin it out with more mandarin orange juice.
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