Hawaiian Salad


Hawaiian Salad @JustAsDelish

My trip with mama to Pulau Pangkor 3 weeks ago was truly fun and relaxing. As mama always have a busy mind, I was afraid a trip with nothing to do except relaxing on the beach would be boring for mama. Glad that mama looked relaxed and enjoyed herself on the beautiful island filled with idyllic fishing villages.

The following weekend was a working trip to another island – Pulau Langkawi. Managed to grab some time off to hop around the surrounding island clusters. The highlight of this trip was eagle feeding – about 30 eagles were circling and  swooping down to the sea surface to grab the food that was left for them. Unfortunately, my camera speed was not fast enough to capture this magnificent moment.

After 2 weekends on the beach, I thought I would be fully recharged. Alas, looking at the whole pile of work stacked up made me wish I’m back on the islands. The mind was still on holiday, moping around and unwilling to work.. I’m sure you will agree with me.. you need another vacation to recover from a vacation.

And not to mention my high tendency of over indulging in food during my vacations.. bloated and many kgs heavier, I just want something simple and light like this Hawaiian Salad.. If I can’t be on an island, I bring something from an island to me.

Even though this salad is only fruits and avocado, each bite is packed with goodness. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. The balsamic’s sweet-tart flavor enhances this fruity salad. The original recipe here includes grilled shrimp, which I omitted.

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Simple Hawaiian Salad
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Hawaiian Salad (Avocado, Papaya, Mango, Macadamia Nuts with Balsamic Vinaigrette), filled with lots of goodness
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 2
  • 200g Salad Greens (use a mixture of lettuce and arugula)
  • 1 Avocado - cubed
  • ½ medium Papaya - cubed
  • 1 Mango - cubed
  • 100g Cherry Tomatoes - cut in halves
  • 100g Macadamia Nuts - roasted & finely chopped
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • ⅛ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped Garlic
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped Shallots
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large bowl toss salad greens with about half of the prepared Balsamic Vinaigrette; set aside.
  2. In another bowl, toss avocado, papaya, mango and macadamia nuts; toss with remaining Balsamic Vinaigrette, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Arrange equal portions of the salad greens and avocado mixture and serve immediately.
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. In a screw top jar, combine all ingredients. Cover jar tightly and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Makes about ¾ cup.



  1. You’re lucky you had your mama to join you on your island hopping. I’d love this salad too. It’s summer down here now and all I want to eat are fresh salads. Yours is perfect.

    • Thanks Maureen, hope you get to try this salad. Yes I’m lucky to have mama join me for the trip, makes me really treasure it because she’s still healthy for trips. Must take more trips with here.

  2. What a great trip with your mama! Looks like one y’all will remember for a lifetime. Love the exotic ingredients in this salad! So healthy, lots of texture, color and flavor. I could eat this everyday!
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    • Thanks MJ, I could also eat this salad everyday. As all my siblings stay in different locations, the trips we took with mama is always memorable.

  3. Two trips…wow, I need just one:) Looks like you really had fun and enjoyed yourself with your mom! Salad looks very tasty!

  4. I totally agree, Shannon. Vacation after vacation is very welcome! This salad looks fantastic. I have never tried papaya or/and mango with avocado. I’m really tempted by this combination.
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  5. Wahahaha! Another vacation to recover from a vacation, how true! That’s why I don’t take vacation because it is very depressing to see the pile of work that need to be done. Wait till I retire then I vacation sekali gus! Love your salad. I am now an avocado fan 🙂
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    • But still need vacation, else will get burnt out. that’s not good for everyone around you – hubby, boss, the kids.. they will kena teruk teruk.. lol. Good that I convert you to try avocado 😀

  6. Believe it or not, I love salads. I could eat salads anytime, any day but not those bunny rabbit types … this one’s right down my alley. Full of juiciness from the fruits, the satisfying replacement of meat from the avocado, some nuts for texture and a simple non creamy dressing … I’m sold!
    I’m happy and sad at the same time seeing your mum having such a fun time with you. Happy for you, of course 🙂
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    • me too, the tummy feels quite empty just having the leaves. This salad is quite filling. oh dear, I’m sorry this post invoke sad feelings for you. hope you don’t stay sad long..

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