Mango-Spinach Salad with Mint-Grapefruit Vinaigrette

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In general, I try not to inundate Como Water with a lot of salads, despite eating one just about everyday. When many people think of veggie-friendly food, they immediately think of salad and I hope to broaden folks horizons on what delicious vegetarian and vegan food can be. BUT, every now and again, I make a salad … or a vinaigrette that I just can’t resist putting on the blog. This is one of them. The sweet softness of the mango is offset by the acidic grapefruit and the crunchy carrots, spinach, and shallots. And the mint adds freshness that just screams spring and summer. And this salad is simple. Plate your veggies, whisk your vinaigrette and eat!

On a different note… I want to thank Elin and Pola for the recent awards they passed on to me and Kate for the shout out that she recently gave me on her blog. She described me as cheery! TOTALLY made my day :D. Happy Monday everyone!

Mango-Spinach Salad with Mint-Grapefruit Vinaigrette (Printable Recipe)








1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon agave

juice from 1/2 grapefruit

salt, pepper

1 teaspoon mint–chopped


*Wash and prep veggies. Arrange on plate. Whisk oil, agave, grapefruit juice, salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon mint. Drizzle salad with vinaigrette. Simple!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraβ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. I love salads, and getting new ideas for foods and flavors to blend my salads.

    I never would have thought to put mango on a spinach salad. It sounds delicious. Have a great week, Tiff!

  2. What a yummy salad! I have mangoes at home but missing grapefruit and mint. And I need to find out what Agave is. But I need to try this salad. I think my kids who aren’t into salad too much will LOVE THIS!! Your dish is always so unique and I love the surprise by coming here. πŸ˜‰ Have a good Monday! Mine is already hectic….

  3. I wish I ate more salads, this looks lovely. So colourful.

  4. Congrats on all of your awards! I am a salad lover so I ‘ll alway enjoy any salad recipe you share. This one looks mouth watering. I love trying out new vinaigrettes and this is one I must soon. Have a great week Tiffany πŸ™‚

  5. What a delicious vinaigrette…I made a salad last night from Farmers Market goodies and this dressing would have been perfect πŸ™‚ Wonderful salad!

  6. I believe I’m in love. But I’d eat anything with avocado in it!

  7. Oh this looks so good I want to fix it for lunch tomorrow!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  8. What a gorgeous looking salad. Love the combination of ingredients and flavors. I can’t wait to try the vinaigrette. Wonderful.

  9. Lovely flavors, I just bought several bunches of fresh mint this weekend and I know exactly what I’m going to do!!

  10. This is such a refreshing, and delish salad! Mint and grapefruit vinaigrette sounds really interesting.

  11. This salad has everything I love and the dressing with the mint …. mmmm mmm mmm! You can imagine how much I am going to love this salad.

  12. Love this! Sometimes the simplest salads are absolutely the best. Thanks for sharing this recipe – I can’t wait to try it!

  13. I love the colours, it’s beautiful! I bet it tastes amazing too, mango & mint, yum! πŸ˜€

  14. I am always looking for new salad recipes and dressings. This is gorgeous and the flavors are really well-balanced.

  15. Tiffany, this is one of those salads that I’d find impossible to resist to… I am looking forward to mango season to be able to try it. Bookmarked!!! There is also another award waiting for you here: Come pick it up! πŸ™‚

  16. Perfection. Absolute perfection. I love a great salad on a late spring or summer day. This one fits the bill perfectly.

  17. What a refreshing dish! The vinaigrette sounds so interesting, too πŸ™‚

  18. Hi, this is your foodie friend from foodbuzz. Wow, lovely blog! I love the photography too!

  19. Oh, what a gorgeous, delicious and refreshing salad! This sounds perfect to accompany a grilled summer dinner πŸ™‚

  20. Hi Tiffany, my award from last week is back on! Please come and check it out:

    Hopefully blogger won’t crash this time!

  21. Mangoes are so good right now – I can’t get enough! Love the idea to use carrots with them in this salad. The colors are gorgeous!

  22. I love salads and this one is really mouth watering. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

  23. That looks great! I love a salad that has a lot of flavor going on like this one! Looks really refreshing and I just love that vinaigrette.

  24. What a tasty dressing. I usually have a salad every day and this would be a great addition to it.

  25. Sounds soooo good. Love all the different flavor combos….

  26. Salad looks great. I love a good salad. Will have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Simple, light, and lovely!

  28. I would drink that vinaigrette…it sounds sooo freakin’ good!

  29. This sounds crazy delish! I wanna try the mint grapefruit vinaigrette like ASAP! Awesome job Tiff!

  30. How colorful and beautiful! If that doesn’t make you want to eat a salad, I don’t know what will!

  31. well you ARE cheery so yes, you should be called that! Congratulations on the well-deserved awards.

    I’m glad you post salads once in a while (as often as you like) because it’s a reminder that I need to feed them to my family more often. When I do serve them, I tend to stick in the rut of what we know so it’s wonderful to see what you’ve done. I love the idea of mint, grapefruit and mango in a salad. Many thanks for passing along the recipe.

  32. You had me at Mint Grapefruit vinaigrette! How fitting for spring! I’m having a friend over for supper tonight, so I think I’ll try this out. πŸ™‚

  33. Those colors are so vibrant! Just beautiful. I have 4 ripe mangos just waiting to be devoured here! This looks so good! : )

  34. salad looks flavourful

  35. This looks so healthy and delicious! Would love to try this myself! πŸ™‚

  36. Mango and avocado and spinach and all of that deliciousness!! What a wonderful salad that must be. It would be like taking a bit of summer.

  37. Great looking salad! I never tried a salad with mango and this one looks great!

  38. Wow, This salad looks amazing. We love mangos here and its almost the season for them. Yay! I really love the mint grapefruit dressing, so interesting. I am bookmarking this for sure.

  39. I love everything in this salad! Mango is one of my favorite fruits, spinach my favorite greens, mint and avocado are AMAZING in salads and grapefruit is my favorite citrus fruit. Put all of this together & all I have to say is YUM.

  40. Wow, I so love your salad. Wonderful flavors!!!

  41. I’m a sucker for anything with avocado…but that vinaigrette sounds truly fabulous. Yum!

  42. Great salad, Tiffany. You always make interesting salads which totally appeal to my tastebuds. Love the sound of that mint and grapefruit dressing. Happening in my house very soon!

  43. I can get stuck in such a salad rut, and am always looking for fresh ideas. The flavours in this sound just wonderful!

  44. I love thinking about ways to make salad dressing more fun, I hate buying dressing! Mint Grapefruit is such a beautiful combo! The salad sounds lovely! Hugs:-)

  45. Thanks for all of your comments! πŸ˜€

  46. You can give me a new salad recipe anytime! This is so simple but is packed with flavor and nutrients. Thank You Ms. Tiff and keep being cheery.

  47. I was looking for a carrot salad and came across yours. It was so easy to prepare the grapefruit/mint vinaigrette received rave reviews. Thank you!