Pineapple, Papaya, Kiwi & Strawberry Ambrosia Salad

If I am going to eat salad it has to be good. I don’t want to waste my healthy eating energy on bland, boring salads.  Generally, that means fruit and nuts are a must. I was so anxious to try this Summer Ambrosia Salad from DOLE.  It contains a burst of flavors with kiwi, papaya strawberry, and pineapple.  And on top lies some avocado slices.  It definitely tastes like a tropical vacation in your mouth.    The bonus is all these ingredients are found readily at any grocery store and it comes together in a snap. So when DOLE asked me to share this recipe with my readers, I thought, you too might enjoy this taste of the tropics.

Summer Ambrosia Salad

So last week was the first week we were really able to use our pool every day.  My son was just dying to be able to have a pool party for his May 7th birthday. It was 87 and sunny and my son and his friends were in hog heaven splashing and doing cannonballs.  Amidst all the cake, ice cream, and pizza I was dying to have some REAL food. You can always tell I am in detox mode after a party by my grocery cart the next week.  It is packed with fruits and vegetables.  So I decided this Summer Ambrosia Salad was the perfect segway into healthy summer eating.

 

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Ingredients:

3 tbsp DOLE Canned Pineapple Juice
1 pkg DOLE Butter Lettuce, Spring Mix
1-1/2 cups DOLE Frozen Sliced Strawberries
2 kiwi fruit, peeled, quartered and sliced
1/3 cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tsp packed brown sugar
1 cup DOLE Frozen Tropical Gold Pineapple Chunks, partially thawed
1 DOLE Papaya, peeled seeded, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 small ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced

 

Directions:

1. Place salad blend, pineapple, papaya, strawberries, and kiwi in a large salad bowl.

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2. Whisk together mayonnaise, juice, and brown sugar in a small bowl until blended. Add to salad mixture and toss to coat. Tip: You can purchase either a 46 oz. can of the juice or they now come on a 6 pack of 6 oz. juices. 

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3. Divide mixture between five or six salad plates. Arrange slices of avocado over each salad and serve.

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I bet if you blended it all together in a blender it would taste like a drink you would find on an island.  Add some chicken on top for some added protein and you have a full meal.

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of DOLE Pineapple.