Tropical Salad

Tropical Salad

One Shabbat afternoon, while helping to prepare Shalosh Seudot at the house of my good friend and neighbor, Rivky E., I came up with this salad dressing recipe. I created a salad to fit the dressing, and the resulting dish was as big a hit at that meal as it is now in Tastebuds.


1 head Romaine lettuce
2 ripe mangos, cubed
1 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
1 cup craisins
1 cup ground hazelnuts
4 red apples, sliced into thin wedges
3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup your favorite apricot preserves
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. white vinegar


In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, apricot preserves, garlic powder and white vinegar. Using a hand blender, blend your mayonnaise mixture until it becomes creamy smooth. Set aside.

In a large salad bowl, toss together the lettuce, mango cubes, sliced almonds and craisins. Then place the lettuce mixture on a platter or on individual salad plates. Take apple wedges and surround the platter with the apple slices, creating a sun effect. Top lettuce mixture with the strawberries and sprinkle the ground hazelnuts generously over salad.

Serve with the apricot dressing.


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Shira is the Program Director of Camp Sternberg and the former Principal of Shalsheles Bais Yaakov. She is presently stuck on her dissertation with is necessary to finish her Doctorate in Educational Administration. She lives in Lakewood, NJ with her husband her lively kids.

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