Chicken-and-Mango Salad

This salad features madras curry powder, a blend of spices that includes turmeric, coriander, cumin, and cinnamon -- all of which are antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and detoxifiers. Use organic chicken whenever possible to reduce your intake of toxins.
Body+Soul, January/February 2007
  • Prep Time 40 minutes
  • Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4 (Makes 1 cup dressing)
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  • 1/4 cup olive oil plus more for grill grates, for the chicken
  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar, for chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, for chicken
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped, for dressing
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, for dressing
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, for dressing
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder, preferably, for dressing
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar, for madras
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, for madras
  • Coarse salt and black pepper, for madras
  • 1 avocado, peeled, halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges, for salad
  • 1 large bunch watercress, tough stems removed (3 cups), for salad
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, for salad


  1. For the chicken: In a shallow pan large enough to hold chicken in a single layer, whisk together oil, vinegar, and mustard; add chicken, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

  2. Heat the grill to high; lightly oil the grates. Lift chicken from marinade and discard any remaining marinade. Grill until fully cooked and opaque throughout, 6 to 8 minutes per side.

  3. For the dressing: In a blender combine mango, cilantro, mint, curry powder, and vinegar. Puree until smooth. With the motor running, add oil; season with salt and pepper.

  4. To serve: Slice chicken crosswise. Arrange on a platter or four serving plates, along with avocado, watercress, and onion; serve the dressing on the side.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (5)

  • Ellachka 22 Jan, 2011

    Loved the dressing.

  • UUjerri1 11 Jan, 2011

    Thank you for your recommendations!

  • scrappin2learn 8 Jan, 2011

    Should read "Curry powder, preferably Madras curry if you can find it" under ingredient list for clarification! Our local grocery store carries Madras curry for $2/7 oz bag in the Ethnic foods department (Indian cuisine). The mango dressing is absolutely to die for! If you like a sweet, spicy dressing, this is the one for you. Mango in our area wasn't terribly sweet or ripe, so I added 2 tsp honey to the dressing and it came out perfect. Thank you for a delicious recipe!

  • mybelle1 3 Jan, 2011

    Madras is a type of curry powder that is a bright yellow...the recipe lists it simply as "curry powder" - 1 tablespoon

  • healthymamma 2 Jan, 2011

    Where are the ingredients/measurments for the madras?