Spinach Salad with Spiced Shrimp and Mango

Photo: Marcus Nilsson

Mango multitasks in this quick weeknight meal. Cool slices contrast with just-seared shrimp, and the remaining fruit that clings to the pit makes a sweet-tart nearly nonfat dressing when pureed with lime juice.


  • ½ medium red onion, very thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from about 8 limes)

  • 8 ounces baby spinach

  • 1 large mango (about 1 pound)

  • 10 ounces large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Combine onion and 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon lime juice. Cover, and let stand for at least 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

  2. Place spinach in a large bowl. Peel mango. Cut along both sides of the pit to create two portions of mango. Slice each portion lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Add to spinach.

  3. Cut remaining mango from pit, and puree in a food processor or a blender with remaining 1/4 cup lime juice (you should have 1/2 cup puree).

  4. Strain onion and add to spinach, reserving juice. Toss shrimp with reserved lime juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne.

  5. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook until soft, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add shrimp mixture, and cook until opaque, about 2 minutes. Add mango puree, toss, and heat through. Add cilantro. Remove from heat, and toss with spinach, onion, and sliced mango. Serve immediately.

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