Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Last week, I published a recipe for Heart-Healthier Flourless Brownies, in keeping with our family’s new health goals. They were a hit here, so I thought I’d post a few more recipes that we’re testing out!

Yesterday I watched a 21 minute Pioneer Woman episode on easy, 16-minute dishes and became totally inspired to make more salads! If anyone does salads right, it’s the Pioneer Woman. Am I right?

After watching her closely make this and this, I decided to try my hand at making my own vinaigrette based on what I had in the kitchen. Here’s what we ate!

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Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. white vinegar
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 of a scallion, finely diced
1/4 c. crushed pineapple, or pineapple puree
1/4 tsp. salt

Salad Ingredients:

2 1/2 c. greens
1/2 c. chopped pineapple
1/4 c. chopped almonds
1/2 of a scallion, finely diced

I chose to prep the salad dressing first. All you need besides the ingredients is a mason jar or another container with a well-sealing lid. Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in the jar, close the lid, and shake well until all ingredients are well combined.

Chop the greens, if need be, and toss in a large bowl together with the pineapple, almonds and rest of the scallion.

Pour the vinaigrette generously (I used only half of what I made, and saved the rest in the fridge for later!) over the salad and toss again.

Hubby is not generally a vinaigrette kind of person, but Hubby he had high compliments for this salad. (He’s a big onion lover, so I think the scallions played well to his tastes. 🙂 )

This ended up tasting so fresh! The pineapple gives you sweet and tangy, the scallions and olive oil give you savory, and the pineapple puree/vinegar mixture lends just the perfect amount of sour.

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For an extra protein, add a couple of cooked and lightly seasoned chicken breasts! We ended up doing this on the second day of eating this salad, for a protein-boosted lunch.

The vinaigrette has been used several times since, just as salad dressing, and even Bundle approves. 🙂

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What salads inspire you?

 

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