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Senegalese Avocado and Mango Salad with Rof

4 Servings

30 minutes

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This colorful salad—adapted from a recipe in Pierre Thiam’s cookbook, “Yolele!”—is a refreshing combination of sweet, sour, spicy and herbal flavors. Rof is a Senegalese mixture of parsley, scallions, chilies and garlic. It’s typically used as a stuffing or garnish but here we make it into a pesto-like dressing. It’s worth seeking out roasted peanut oil for this salad, as it adds deep, nutty notes and a rich aroma, but regular peanut oil or extra-virgin olive oil worked, too. If you have flaky sea salt, use it instead of kosher salt for sprinkling on the mangoes and avocados; the crunch adds dimension to the dish.




Don’t prep the avocados until you're ready to assemble the salad to prevent them from browning before the salad is served.

30 minutes


  • 2

    cups lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 4

    scallions, roughly chopped


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Nancy E.
May 24, 2023
What a great salad
Everyone loved this salad. The rof is sensational. I didn't find toasted peanut oil, so I used walnut oil. I am going to find the peanut oil because I want to make this again. My avocados didn't ripen in time, so I substituted a cucumber. At the last minute, a guest saved the day with a ripe avocado, but the cucumbers were already in the salad. I just added the avocado and more rof. It was really good. I don't know if the the cucumber improved the dish, but it certainly didn't ruin it.
Nicola B.
September 4, 2022
Question regarding peanut oil
I don't have roasted peanut oil but I do have toasted sesame oil. Could I use that or would it be too strong? Maybe a combination of extra Virginia olive oil with a bit (tablespoon? ) of toasted sesame oil?
Craig B.

This was the first recipe I made for Milk Street. It was so good and beautiful. Roasted peanut oil has opened my world to a new flavor. I used green Thai bird's eye chilies since I couldn't find habaneros. I tasted until I got the heat right for me (4 bird's eye chilies). Thank you so much. I look forward to cooking more African food.