Mango and Avocado Salad with Spiced Candied Pecans

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Mango and Avocado Salad with Spiced Candied Pecans
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  • 6Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces mixed baby greens
  • 1 ripe but firm Hass avocado, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1 ripe but firm mango, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
  • Sea salt

Preparation

In a medium skillet, melt the butter. Add the pecans and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the nuts turn a deeper brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the sugar and the cayenne and stir just until the sugar dissolves. Turn the nuts onto parchment or wax paper to cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and the remaining tablespoon of sugar.

In a large serving bowl, combine the greens, avocado, mango and pecans. Toss with the dressing and season to taste with salt.