Pineapple Luau Salad

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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.

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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

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Directions

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.

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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.

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5.) Mix the tomato mixture together with the quinoa.  Set aside.

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6.) Place some romaine lettuce on a plate, then top it with some pineapple.

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7.) Top with the tomato and quinoa mixture, and sprinkle with sea salt.

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Ah!  Disaster made Delicious!  Enjoy! 🙂

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