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This recipe came about because I was craving pineapple that had been on fire, but can’t be trusted to not try and eat my bodyweight at a churrascaria. Enter the oven – the broiler would have been even better, but come to find out, that’s not something my (European) oven cannot actually accomplish. Boo. The funny things you find you miss when living abroad.

This salad is pretty great, can be dressed up a million different ways, and would make a good addition to any potluck or Summer (even if only in spirit) gathering.

gluten-free, paleo, Whole30 (check your labels), vegetarian and vegan (with omissions)

Roasted Tropical Salad

1 bell pepper (green was less pretty than anticipated; opt for another color if making for a group)
2 medium carrots
1 shallot
1 can pineapple chunks in juice

Chop the above ingredients, sprinkle with a little oil + salt, pepper and chili garlic seasoning and roast in a 200C oven for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the pineapple gets to your desired brownness.

Toss with the following (chopped):

8 ounces shredded red cabbage
Big handful cilantro
1 jalapeno
Thumb ginger
2 cloves garlic

Add the roasted veggies and toss again.

Whisk together the dressing: 

Juice of 1 lemon or lime
2 Tbsp. pineapple juice
1 Tbsp. coconut aminos or soy sauce
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. fish sauce (check your labels for Whole30; omit for veg)
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar

Toss bowl of veggies with dressing.

Top with the following optional ingredients:

1 big handful pepitas
2 tsp. sesame seeds
Roast chicken

Serves a crowd at a party, or 4-5 for a meal depending on what you add.