8/29/12

Steak Salad with Mangoes & Black Pepper Cashews



Here's a thing. Sometimes I don't plan my meals. In fact, I rarely plan my meals. This Steak Salad with Mangoes & Black Pepper Cashews is a perfect example of how some of my recipes/meal ideas come about.

As I've mentioned earlier, recently I received a box of mangoes from Mango.org. I made Moonshine Mango Boozer Popsicles with a few of them, ate some as is, and had another one sitting around. I also happened to have leftover steak and quinoa and a sample of Black Pepper Cashews from SunRidge Farms that the company sent to me {thank you!}. I decided to put these ingredients together to make a salad.



Steak Salad with Mangoes & Black Pepper Cashews

Ingredients

cooked quinoa
seared steak, sliced
mango, cubed
roasted peppers, chopped
drizzle of olive oil
SunRidge Farms All Natural Black Pepper Cashews, roughly chopped {or use whatever cashes you like}
basil, chopped


Directions

1. Place quinoa on a plate. Arrange steak, mangoes and red roasted peppers in a pretty pattern.
2. Drizzle with olive oil and top with nuts and basil.


VARIATIONS
rice instead of quinoa
chicken or shrimp instead of steak
any other herb instead of basil
pears instead of mangoes
pistachios instead of cashews

You see the point, right? This is just a template for a filling salad: base, protein, something sweet, something savory, herbs, oil and some crunch from the nuts. There are countless number of creations you can make!


Disclaimer: although I received mangoes and cashews as gifts, I was under no obligations to blog about them and was not compensated in any way

3 comments:

DeliciousDish said...

I love how you gave some options for variations. Such a versatile salad!

chezsasha.com said...

Gorgeous! Steak salads are the best. They trick me into thinking they're healthy 'cause there are no carbs.

Christin@fortmillscliving said...

I want some of those black pepper cashews! Your salad looks gorgeous. Love mangos and steak together.