Star Fruit Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

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By mid January, all of the cookies, cakes and holiday leftovers are completely gone from my house and I start the uphill battle of eating healthy again. Luckily, Winter time is also when the citrus trees are fruiting here in Kona. When your tree fruits, you suddenly have more fruit than a family of 6 could handle. Friends and co-workers bring in fruit to share and my kitchen fruit basket looks like it'll break if one more lemon is placed on top. I now juice the lemons from my tree all at once and freeze them in ice cube trays, so I have months of lemon cubes to add to hot or cold water.

Star fruit is another fruit that is delicious and high in vitamin C. It adds a little sweetness to your salad and is a beautiful garnish. Although I love a little sweetness in a salad, I try to stick with fresh fruit because most dried fruit has sugar added to it. I recommend using spinach in your salad because it's full of vitamins and nutrients, but if you're not a fan of spinach, try to use darker greens or a combination of dark greens with lighter greens. For protein, I add a little bit of cheese, nuts, beans, tofu or hard boiled egg. A great way to make your salad in advance without the ingredients getting mushy can be found in our previous blog post at this link that explains how to layer your ingredients in an old honey jar.

This salad dressing is an easy one made from ingredients most people already have in their kitchen. Feel free to not add mayonnaise, if you're not a fan, and add some raw, minced garlic if you don't mind the breathe you'll have for the rest of the afternoon. Almost any liquid honey will do in this recipe, but I recommend the Wilelaiki because it has the slight peppery taste that pairs well with the balsamic vinegar. 

 

star fruit salad honey balsamic dessing gluten free

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 handfuls of torn spinach leaves (or other greens of your choosing)
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 star fruit, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts (or other nut of your choosing)
  • 1/2 tsp Wilelaiki honey
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Big Island Bees Hawaiian honey mustard (or a dijon mustard or your choosing)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise

 

Directions: 

  1. Whisk honey, oil, vinegar, mustard, seasoning and mayonnaise.
  2. Toss salad ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle dressing on salad.

 

Want more salad recipes? 

 

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