Mango and Avacado Salad with Candied Almonds

I am into sweet salads lately! I think it’s the sunny weather. There are a few versions of this recipe floating around. Here is my variation on it:

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup slivered almonds*
2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 head romaine, butter, or red leaf lettuce
2 ripe mango
2 ripe avocado
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon mustard

Melt butter in pan. Add nuts and stir until lightly browned. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar and cayenne until sugar just dissolves. Spread on wax paper and allow to set.

Wash and tear the lettuce and put on a platter. Dice avocado and mango and top lettuce. Combine the remaining tablespoon sugar, olive oil, vinegar, and mustard. Pour dressing over salad and sprinkle almonds on top.

* Pecans work well in this recipe too.

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