Avocado Mango Salad with Cilantro and Roasted Cashews

avocado mango salad

This is certainly on the list of the most refreshing and vibrant salads I have ever enjoyed. Colorful chunks of sweet mango and creamy avocado are dressed up with a bold and tangy lime dressing that embraces the herbs and fruit for a extra boost to the palate without overpowering the balance of flavors throughout. I've added jalapeño here for a bit of a kick and stove-top toasted cashews for some nuttiness and texture. There's a lot going on here, but it all comes together texturally and textually for a stunning taste experience. Despite the complexity of flavors, putting this salad together takes very little time at all and should be considered an ideal summer meal accompaniment or light lunch.

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Baked Cherry Oatmeal Pudding

cherry oatmeal pudding

Fresh sweet wine-red summer cherries might be my favorite snacking fruit, which can make pitting enough of them to get past my mouth and into a recipe an uncertain exercise — always better to have far too many on hand, at least in my house. But when they do survive long enough to be put into something like this oatmeal pudding, the results are extraordinary — baking cherries elevates their sweet taste and, combined with the essence of almonds, fills your kitchen with heavenly aromas.

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Roasted Balsamic Cherry and Goat Cheese Crêpes

balsamic cherry goat cheese crepes

If you were to ask me what my favorite fruit is at any given time, I'd likely say whatever fruit happened to be in front of me. But I do have a special weakness for sweet cherries when they're in season — plump, firm, sweet and so bold and striking in flavor, I buy large bags full of them as often as I can for snacks, breakfasts and treats.

This time around, I've tossed them in balsamic vinegar and roasted them in preparation for a crêpe filling. Roasting softens the cherries and deepens the flavor into almost a cherry pie filling taste without the sugar, and the balsamic vinegar further intensifies the flavor by lending it something like the taste of a robust red wine — definitely not vinegary! Combine with toasted almonds and tangy soft goat cheese and roll up in a soft, light and chewy crêpe and you have a sweet and savory treat that's perfect for brunch or lunch.

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Spicy Mushroom Green Pea Curry

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mushroom curry

Mushroom lovers will no doubt agree that this curry needs little introduction. Besides, it's about the food and not a lengthy preamble. Here meaty button mushrooms are enhanced in this dish by a rich blend of Indian spices, tangy tomatoes and plump local green peas. In addition to adding texture to dishes they appear in, mushrooms are a perfect vehicle for the seasonings present. This one is a perfect example of the magic mushrooms can conjure up.

Frozen green peas can be used in this curry, but if you are able to take advantage of the relatively short window of opportunity, do take the time to shell fresh peas while they are in season.

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