I started planning this meal with one request in mind: please, no more lasagna. I wanted to make the antithesis of a winter casserole without going too far astray from the season. I would make a salad. And there would be fruit in it.
Winter has plenty to offer by way of fruit. And not just apples. Feast on citrus! But hold your clementines because my favorite winter citrus, blood oranges, are not ready to make an appearance quite yet. So I picked up a few mangoes at the super market. Are mangoes in season? I'm not even sure. But I do know that mangoes know how to rock a salad, especially if they share the stage with cilantro and mint. This salad is practically tropical. The dressing is tangy and spicy, the mango is fresh and light, and the crab makes it special.
Take that, winter casserole.