This spinach salad with mango chutney dressing is a refreshing change from the typical garden salad. The chutney dressing coats the spinach leaves with a glossy shine and provides the perfect contrast to the tart green apple, chopped green onion and roasted whole peanuts. This salad is perfect served with any East Indian inspired main like Tandoori Chicken or something plain like grilled chicken or a burger.
Mango Chutney Dressing
The mango chutney salad dressing has just a teaspoon of curry powder. If you’re a bit hesitant about using curry in the kitchen this is a good recipe to ease your taste buds into the world of Indian spices. It’s not a traditional East Indian recipe but rather a fresh spinach salad with a twist.
Like any homemade salad dressing use a clean bottle or Mason jar, take care not to contaminate the dressing and it will last in the fridge for months. I only make homemade salad dressing and I never put a date on them. I try to label the jar and I keep my label maker right in the kitchen for that job.
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Get The Tools
For efficiency I use an apple slicer that cuts and cores an apple into eight pieces, (You can even buy this fancy one that cuts an apple into 16 pieces). Then it’s easy to cut the apple slices into chunks or whatever size I want. I also use it for my Apple Quinoa Salad with Feta.
I like to keep a jar of mango chutney in my pantry or fridge. It can be purchased as hot or sweet. The hot version of some varieties can have quite a bit of heat. For this recipe I use sweet mango chutney.
Mango chutney should be naturally gluten free. I choose to support brands that have clear allergy information on their labels and easy-to-find, helpful information on their website.
This recipe is adapted from Susan Mendelson’s Expo ’86 cookbook, my souvenir from Expo ’86 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
More Recipes for Mango Chutney
Spinach Salad with Mango Chutney Dressing
MANGO CHUTNEY DRESSING
- ¼ cup mango chutney
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp curry powder
- ½ tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ⅛ tsp cayenne
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 1 bunch fresh spinach, washed
- 1 tart green apple, chopped
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- 1 cup salted, roasted peanuts
- Combine all ingredients except oil in container. Combine using a hand blender for 30 seconds.
- Gradually add oil with blender running. Set aside. Can be prepared in advance.
- In a large bowl combine spinach, apple, green onions and peanuts.
- Toss with dressing and serve immediately.