Hawaiian Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Salad Dressing


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Hawaiian Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Salad Dressing recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

It’s the first Sunday of the month and time for the Vintage Recipe Swap. When I saw that Christianna had chosen a pizza recipe for this month’s swap, I was immediately consumed with thoughts of trying a new crust using my beloved cauliflower.

Let’s just say that the resulting cauliflower crust looked much more appetizing than it was. I have read many great reviews of cauliflower crust pizza, but while edible, this is simply not something that I would recommend as it was.A close up of text on a white surface

As I stared down the failed pizza, I knew that I didn’t want to make a pizza. I did however want to do something with my favorite pizza flavors. Ham, pineapple, mozzarella cheese, these are some of my favorite toppings.

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The inspiration for this salad came from the Hawaiian pizza, but this salad stands on it’s own.

The dressing for this salad is the main attraction. I loved the sweet freshness of the pineapple, with the tang from the balsamic and the underlying heat from the cayenne.

Hawaiian Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Salad Dressing recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


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Hawaiian Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Salad Dressing

Servings: 2 -3 servings


  • Salad Ingredients - multiply as needed for the number of people to be served:
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves or lettuce of your choice
  • 1 ounce slice of black forest ham chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 ounce fresh mozzarella thinly sliced or diced
  • ⅛ - 1/4 cup fresh pineapple sliced thinly and cut into bite size pieces
  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 cup puree from fresh pineapple this was ¼ of a large pineapple
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup light flavor olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 generous dashes of cayenne pepper adjust to taste


  • Place the chunks of pineapple in the bottom of the blender. Puree until completely smooth. Add the vinegar, honey and oil. Blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pulse to combine. Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate. Shake well before serving.
  • Layer the salad ingredients onto a plate or into a bowl. Drizzle with the prepared dressing and toss just before serving. Enjoy!
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Hawaiian Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Salad Dressing recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Toni @ Boulder Locavore says

    YUMmy! I must admit I have not ever heard of cauliflower pizza crust and can't quite imagine it! However I am so glad you went down that road (bravo!) to land at this delicious salad recipe. My mouth is watering as I type and sadly I don't have all the ingredients to make this RIGHT NOW, which is when I want it. The dressing is fantastic. So original and unique. Will be serving that up very soon. Love this!

  2. The Cozy Herbivore says

    I'm shaking my fist at you now, for I am going in a similar direction with my Wednesday recipe swap. Great minds think a like, DAMN YOU! 🙂

    Seriously, this looks delicious. I love the flavors in your dressing. Although I no longer eat ham, I will sure be making this dressing!

  3. Monique says

    Bravo for acknowledging the failed crust – though I have to say it sounds most intriguing. The salad is an perfect take on the swap and I can't wait to try the dressing. Wonderful recipe swap!

    • Mary says

      Yes, the cauliflower ctust is a gluten free crust. Basically, cauliflower "rice" (shredded cauliflower) and cheese are mixed together and then baked. I'm not sure how you would adapt it without the cheese to help hold it together though.

  4. El says

    i want this salad now. and i'm interested in the cauliflower crust too. where did you find that. probably worth a pass through the test kitchen. did it have eggs? thanx

    • Mary says

      The cauliflower crust did have egg whites in it. Although, with the cheese to bind it, that could probably be adapted to skip them. I might play with it in the future, but for now, I'm over it. If you are interested in the recipe I used, feel free to email me and I'll send you the link.

  5. Julia says

    My favorite kind of pizza if hawaiian. But my favorite food is salad… so this salad is faaaaantastic! I love how you interpreted the recipe.

  6. Becki's Whole Life says

    Love love love the pineapple dressing and how your favorite pizza translated into this totally inspired salad. Plus, I like how you created a totally different sweet/savory salad into something completely different.

    • Mary says

      The salad was merely inspired by my favorite ham and pineapple pizza. Ham and Pineapple pizza is frequently called a Hawaiian pizza. Authentic? Heavens no, but I enjoy both the pizza and this salad in their non-authentic states.