Recipe: Mango, Cranberry and Candied Pecan Salad

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This packed salad combines sweet, tart, and crunchy, making it a great main dish or a side.

How is this sweet and savoury salad like a little black dress? Indispensable, versatile and timeless, it too will be a dramatic statement at brunch or an elegant complement to a dinner party. Though both the greens and the frock are easily dressed up, only one will look good with chicken and goat cheese on it.


Sugared Pecans
1 large egg white
1 tbsp water
4 cups pecan halves
1 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp kosher salt

* Put half the sugared pecans in the salad – save the rest for a sweet snack.

Honey Mustard Dressing
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup seed mustard
1/4 cup honey mustard
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tbsp orange juice
1/4 tsp kosher salt

10 cups romaine lettuce torn into bite-size pieces
2 mangoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup dried cranberries


1) For the pecans, preheat oven to 250°F. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk the egg white and water until bubbles form. In a medium bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add pecans to egg whites, mixing to coat. Add sugar mixture, tossing pecans until they are coated. Spread pecans on prepared baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

2) For the dressing, in a medium bowl, whisk honey, seed mustard, honey mustard, vinegar, oil, orange juice and salt.

3) In a large bowl, place lettuce, diced mango and cranberries. Add 1/2 cup sugared pecans and salad dressing, tossing well to combine.

Serves 6

Bite Me Bit: “Mango is like a drug. You must have more and more and more of the Mango until there is no Mango left. Not even for Mango!” -Mango, ‘Saturday Night Live’

Looking for another fresh and fruity salad? Try this Strawberry Salad, combo of crisp lettuce, scarlet strawberries and sugared almonds, all coated in a sweet-and-sour poppy seed dressing.



Authors of bestselling cookbooks Bite Me, Bite Me Too and Lick Your Plate, saucy sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat love eating, feeding, entertaining and dishing up easy recipes at






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