Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pineapple, Beets & Carambola Salad

Beet Pineapple Carambola Salad

This recipe is for people who can't stand the earthy, ferrous and dirt flavour of beets. Surely I am not alone in my hatred of this root vegetable with it's pretty,  jewel-red colour?

I can't tell you how to feel about beets, but if you don't like them, then I can tell you that this salad  makes them  much more palatable. If on the other hand, you  have a love affair with these garnet bulbs, then it should be no problem to convince you that this recipe is worth your attention.

Beets, Pineapple & Carambola Salad
4 large beets roasted or boiled
2 cups pineapple cut into bite sized chunks
2 large carambola , cut to bite size pieces
3 Trinidad seasoning peppers * seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 cloves garlic
2 tbs lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 tsp salt salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a small bowl mix together salt ,lime juice and galic. Let stand for ten mins. Add the olive oil. Stir well, then taste. Adjust salt and add black pepper.

Place pineapple, beets and carambola in a serving dish. Chop peppers and parsely. Add them just before serving so that they retain their flavour.  When ready to serve, pour on the dressing and sprinkle with chopped parsly and peppers.. Toss salad and serve immediately. Don't prepare this salad too long in advance of your meal because the beets will eventually turn all other ingredients red.


*A note about seasoning peppers.
Here is what these local peppers look like. They are a flavouring pepper. They don't have any heat to them, yet they are not sweet like bell peppers..
Trinidad Pimento Peppers



  1. Great photos. This salad is vibrant and beautiful.

  2. Wizzy,

    I love beets :P There is a way to beat that taste of earth, lol. I usually caramelize the onions, boil the beets and slighty stir fry the cubed beets with caramelized onions. Tastes pretty good! I love your recipe, too, by the way!!!!

    Lola from

  3. What lovely photos as usual! The veggies look so vibrant and delicious.

  4. I love beets so I would dig this salad. This salad looks gorgeous. Your photos are great! I have never had Starfruit before. I bet it plays nicely against the beets.

  5. I just wanted to say hi! I'm matched with you for Adopt-a-Blogger :)

  6. I love beets and I love the combo of beets and orange -with and vinaigrette with some orange zest- I've never tried beets and pineapple. Will add that to the list! And the combo of the five-finger sounds awesome!!
    Great pics!!

  7. What a great combination of flavors and I can guess at how refreshing it is. Love the addition of pineapple.

  8. Great post. I'm going to try this recipe. I like beets but am really intrigued by the pineapple addition. Thanks for visiting me as well.
    Will be back to visit.

  9. Yea, yea...I just had a different "seasoning pepper model" in worries.

  10. That's a beautiful photo of the peppers in the mans hands, it's like a piece of art work. I have been looking at rainy days and blog templates but I just wouldn't know where to start, you were very brave updating your blog!

  11. I like them when they don't taste too "earthy" but sometimes they taste like dirt. Love that last pic wiht the hands holding the peppers! :D

  12. beautiful use of DOF in these photos!

  13. this salad looks so colorful and delicious.

  14. Love the sound and look of this salad! That last photo is gorgeous as well.