With all the fresh herbs available this time of year, I can't resist adding them to everything. From baked goods, to salads, to smoothies, herbs add flavor and complexity to the simplest of dishes. Plus herbs are some of the most nutrient rich foods out there. Herbs can soothe your stomach, freshen your breath, boost your immunity, and so much more. So don't underestimate or under-use them! For this salad, I decided to let herbs be the bulk of the greens AND the dressing, giving it an incredibly fresh and bright flavor.
One disclaimer I feel I should make is that I HATE cilantro. Really and truly. Sometimes the smell alone will make me sick to my stomach. But...I love you guys and I know you all love cilantro so I made this cilantro dressing. I had Sam try it and he said it was great, but I won't go near the stuff. For my fellow cilantro haters, you can make the dressing with basil, mint, or both. I made it with both and it was amazing. So don't feel left out if you are anti-cilantro. You are not alone.
Tropical Herb Chopped Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing
1 endive frisee (or a handful of any leafy green)
1 handful parsley
1 handful mint
1 handful basil
1/2 bell pepper
1 avocado, sliced or cubed
1/2 cup cashews
Juice of 1 lime
1 handful of cilantro (or basil/mint)
2 tsp honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
Wash and dry the greens and herbs. Chop them into small pieces and add to a large bowl. Julienne the mango and bell pepper and add to the greens. Thinly slice the radishes and cucumber and add to the bowl and toss to combine. Toast cashews at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until fragrant. Top the salad with avocado and toasted cashews and dress just before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In a small bowl combine all of the dressing ingredients. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender. I find the immersion blender works better when you are using small quantities, so I would recommend you double the recipe if you are using a standard blender.
Makes 4 servings.