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Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette Recipe

The title says it all. The pinapple, macadamia nuts and coconut truely give it a South-Seas feel. You will love it!—
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 7 cups torn romaine
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts, toasted
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Directions

  • 1. In a large salad bowl, toss the romaine, pineapple, macadamia nuts, green onions and bacon.
  • 2. In a small bowl, whisk the pineapple juice, oil, red wine vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle with coconut. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast coconut, spread in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 354 calories, 30 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 436 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 7 g protein.