Crab Mango and Avocado Salad with Chile- Lime Dressing in Endive

5 from 16 votes
30 minutes
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-Crab Mango and Avocado Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing in Endive is a flavor explosion!  It’s the perfect appetizer to make all spring and summer long!

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Here’s a super light and flavorful appetizer that’s perfect for serving outdoors around the pool and for every outdoor occasion this spring and summer!  It’s got ALL the summery flavors going on–Crab Mango and Avocado Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing in Endive!

Photo of three freshly washed limes.

This is one of those easy-peasy appetizers you want to have in your arsenal.  A little prep work and mama!  It’s super-impressive and perfect for entertaining in warm weather!

Tips for buying and storing mangos:

It can be tough finding a good mango that’s not funky on the inside.

  • Make sure the mango has JUST a little “squeeze” to it and it looks good on the outside.
  • A mango that’s past its prime is going to be extremely soft and just won’t look good.  Here’s a mango shopping guide from Saveur magazine:  How to Pick the Perfect Ripe Mango.
  • I like to store mangoes in the refrigerator because they can go from ripe to ridiculously over-ripe in no time!  Let the mango sit at room temperature for an hour or two before using it.

How to dice a mango:

  • To easily dice a mango, slice down from the stem end, avoiding the large pit.
  • Then take a sharp paring knife and simply make cuts in the mango flesh as follows:

Photo showing how to easily dice a mango with some in glass bowl already diced.

  • Use the dull end of the chef’s knife or paring knife and simply cut the already diced flesh from the mango half and place it in a bowl.
  • Add the other ingredients and ta-daahhh!  A delicious, summery salad ready to serve in numerous ways!

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Place this salad in avocado halves for a lovely light lunch or as shown here, place it in endive leaves.  The cilantro, mango, avocado, lime, a touch of shallot makes for a lovely bite to serve all spring and summer long!

Photo of Crab Mango and Avocado Salad with Chile Lime Dressing in Endive on pink salt block garnished with limes and cilantro.

PRO TIP!  Here’s a tip to get the endive leaves to lie “still” and not roll around on your serving platter.  Simply shave a small amount from the bottom/outside of each one with a sharp paring knife to create a flat surface.

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Crab Mango and Avocado Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing in Endive

5 from 16 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Crab Mango and Avocado Salad with Chile Lime Dressing in Endive is a flavor explosion!  It's the perfect appetizer to make all spring and summer long!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 20 -24
Calories 38 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large serrano chile - minced
  • 1 small shallot - minced
  • 2 cans (6-ounce each) lump crab - drained
  • 1 small avocado - peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 large mango - peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 large limes - juiced (3-4 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 4-5 large heads Belgian endive - separated into 20 - 24 leaves
  • Lime wedges and cilantro sprigs - for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine first 9 ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Place equal amounts of the salad in each endive leaf. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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27 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I really really love this – I’m inspired. Has all the flavors I love. Presents like a dish you’ve labored over but really, it’s simple. Love that photo of the water on the lime. Lovely.

  2. 5 stars
    I really really love this – I’m inspired. Has all the flavors I love. Presents like a dish you’ve labored over but really, it’s simple. Love that photo of the water on the lime. Lovely.

  3. 5 stars
    You had me at the word “Crab” and I just fell more in love with this recipe with each additional word!

  4. 5 stars
    You had me at the word “Crab” and I just fell more in love with this recipe with each additional word!

  5. 5 stars
    This is so beautiful and the perfect “fancy” appetizer for any party! I would have to double the recipe because I’m sure I would nibble this like crazy, LOL. Welcome Carol, we’re glad you’ve join us!!

  6. What an incredibly beautiful contribution to our Progressive Dinner. I love the flavor combinations and I’m a huge fan of endive leaves as “boats.” Maybe the endive boats are a bit Mad Men for some, but for me they are the perfect way to serve a salad – beautiful and easy to put together.

    1. Thanks, Laura! Definitely not too “Mad Men” for me! I love Belgian endive and think it’s underutilized. Glad to be a part of such a talented group!

  7. 5 stars
    This is so beautiful and the perfect “fancy” appetizer for any party! I would have to double the recipe because I’m sure I would nibble this like crazy, LOL. Welcome Carol, we’re glad you’ve join us!!

  8. 5 stars
    This is so beautiful and the perfect “fancy” appetizer for any party! I would have to double the recipe because I’m sure I would nibble this like crazy, LOL. Welcome Carol, we’re glad you’ve join us!!

  9. 5 stars
    Whoa, crab, mango and avocado??? This is one terrific, healthy appetizer, but I’d be hiding some away to eat for a gourmet lunch!! So happy you joined us this month!

    1. Thank you, Liz! This salad would absolutely be a terrific lunch stuffed into an avocado or over lettuce. Love and honored to be a part of this great concept!

  10. 5 stars
    Whoa, crab, mango and avocado??? This is one terrific, healthy appetizer, but I’d be hiding some away to eat for a gourmet lunch!! So happy you joined us this month!

  11. 5 stars
    Whoa, crab, mango and avocado??? This is one terrific, healthy appetizer, but I’d be hiding some away to eat for a gourmet lunch!! So happy you joined us this month!