Gedi Pineappale Chicken Salad


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Coastweek - - This colourful recipe is also courtesy of DEL MONTE
pineapple products (the Thika estate operators) - but once again
we used fresh pineapples and an avocado from Gedi, near Malindi.


INGREDIENTS: (serves four a main course)

  • one third cup pineapple juice (for dressing)

  • one and a half cups Gedi pineapples, diced

  • three tablespoons white wine vinegar (for dressing)

  • three tablespoons lime juice (for dressing)

  • two teaspoons sugar (for dressing)

  • half a teaspoon ground cumin (for dressing)

  • one third cup vegetable oil (for dressing)

  • one tablespoon water, hot (for dressing)

  • one tablespoon cilantro, fresh, chopped (for dressing)

  • one pound     chicken breasts, boneless, skinless

  • one pinch salt and pepper to taste

  • four cups lettuce, romaine, torn

  • one cups red bell pepper, sliced into strips

  • one avocado, sliced (optional)

  • half a red onion red onion, small, thinly sliced



  1. Stir together pineapple juice, vinegar, lime juice, sugar and cumin in a small bowl.

  2. Slowly whisk in oil, beating constantly, until combined, then whisk in hot water.

  3. Stir in cilantro.

  4. Remove two tablespoons to a smaller bowl and cover and refrigerate remaining dressing.

  5. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and place on a grill over medium hot coals.

  6. Cook for about 20 minutes, turning and basting with two tablespoons dressing, until chicken is cooked through.

  7. Chill well, then cut into bite-size strips.

  8. To assemble salad, place 1 cup lettuce in four individual bowls.

  9. Top each with equal amounts of chicken, pineapple, red pepper, avocado and onion.

  10. Drizzle with chilled dressing.

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