This salad was actually a happy ending for an unfortunate gazpacho soup recipe gone wrong. I got a recipe for gazpacho soup off the following pin.
Side note: I’m NOT trying to lose weight, but was just looking for some healthy recipes, and this pin came up with a “Clean Eating” search! Anyway, I decided to try to make this soup, and against my better judgement, I added 2 cups of diced onions like the recipe called for. Oh my gosh, I took maybe two bites of this as a soup, and knew that this was just not going to do! My nose instantly started running because of the strong onion taste. It tasted like I was basically just eating onion puree. Being someone who doesn’t like to waste any food, I set out to use this somehow. The result is a DELICIOUS Pineapple Luau Salad that I can’t get enough of! YAY – a happy ending! 🙂
This salad is really good for you and completely clean. The varying flavors in it give it a sweet, salty, and spicy taste that will leave you feeling like you are enjoying a little piece of tropical heaven – it is SO yummy – you will LOVE it!
PINEAPPLE LUAU SALAD
Ingredients – Makes 3-4 Servings
- 3 medium salad tomatoes
- 3/4 cup diced red onion
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp. dried basil
- pinch of stevia
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 large bunch of romaine lettuce, washed and broken into bite size pieces
- 4 cups chopped pineapple
- sea salt
1.) Prepare the quinoa as directed on the package. Set aside.
2.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and chop your onions, cucumbers, lettuce and pineapple. Set aside.
3.) Prepare the tomatoes – Take each tomato, cut off the top, and score a line in the tomato skin halving the tomato. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water and leave in till the skin starts to shrivel off the sides (about 1-2 minutes). Transfer to a pot of ice water. Take the skin off of each tomato – it should come off really easily now.
4.) In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, the red and green onion, the cucumber, the garlic powder, the coriander, the thyme, the basil, the stevia, and the olive oil. Process till smooth.
5.) Mix the tomato mixture together with the quinoa. Set aside.
6.) Place some romaine lettuce on a plate, then top it with some pineapple.
7.) Top with the tomato and quinoa mixture, and sprinkle with sea salt.
Ah! Disaster made Delicious! Enjoy! 🙂