Avocado, Pineapple and Passion Fruit salad

In the UK, we usually eat avocados as a savoury, on their own, in salad or mashed on toast like guacamole. In South America, where they come from, however, they’re eaten as a fruit. This super-easy salad works both ways – you can serve it as an accompaniment to savoury mains, or serve it on its own as an original tropical fusion dessert!

I’ve taken the Italian concept of insalata tricolore (3 colour salad) and added pineapple slices to make a insalata di quattro colori and replaced the traditional balsamic dressing with this tropical passion fruit dressing. The mozzarella is optional, but balances out the flavours beautifully.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

1 ripe avocado

Ingredients for avocado and pineapple salad
Ingredients for avocado and pineapple salad

1 large ripe tomato

4 thin slices of pineapple (about 5mm thick), rind removed

125g fresh mozzarella

For the dressing:

  • Grated rind of an orange
  • 2 passion fruit
  • A tiny squeeze of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • OPTIONAL 1 tablespoon runny honey


Slice up all the ingredients

Make the dressing. Cut the passion fruit in half and spoon out the flesh and seeds into a bowl. Add the other ingredients and stir vigorously to combine. Taste and add more lemon juice or honey if you want it tarter or sweeter.

Halve the avocado, remove the stone, peel and slice thinly

Slice the tomato thinly into rounds

Cut the slices of pineapple into quarters

Arrange the slices of avocado, tomato and pineapple alternately around the plate

Pour the dressing over the salad

It’s ready!

Choosing the best ingredients

Using fresh, perfect fruit and vegetables makes all the difference – especially when they’re served raw like in this salad. I got my ingredients as part of a ShareFresh box – ordered online, it’s a great way to get guaranteed organic fruit and vegetables delivered direct to your door in London.

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