Hawaiian Farmer’s Market Salad

I was recently blessed to spend five days in Kauai and got
to go to a couple of farmer’s markets, which are a real treat b/c of: 1. the
rare tropical produce we don’t get in CA (passion fruit, mangosteen, longan,
rambutan and so much more), and 2. I forgot how expensive food can be in
Hawaii, and farmer’s market produce and cooking some meals at home are a great
way to make vacation more affordable.  If
you are going to Kauai soon, you can find a great list of farmer’s markets here.  Everything we got was delicious and some
standouts included incredible pea sprouts and pretty much every fruit was really tasty (super juicy citrus, incredible pineapple, lots of litchi varietals, etc.).  I decided to use the local veggies to put
together a salad and the combination came together nicely with some tropical
twists from the coconut meat, macadamia nuts and creamy avocado.
Ingredients:
1.     
Local greens/ lettuce – ¾ of one head
2.     
Tomato – ½ sliced
3.     
Maui onion: Slice up one ring
4.     
Avocado – Dice up ½ large or 1 small
5.     
Macadamia nuts (raw or roasted) – ¼ cup
6.     
Pea Sprouts – 1 bunch chopped
7.     
Optional: If you have or can find coconut meat, add a
few slices as well
Directions: Mix everything together and top with your
favorite dressing.  We used classic
balsamic vinaigrette, which worked well and I could also see how tropical
fruity vinaigrette could also compliment the salad well.  Enjoy- Mahalo!

Tropical Hawaiian Vegan Shake

Blessed to be in Kauai celebrating my one year anniversary with my love Marcus.  On our second day here we stumbled upon a pretty sweet farmer’s market in Hanalei (Saturday morning 9 am-noon) chalk full of all kinds of tropical fruit.  All this tropical bounty begs for a smoothie so I created this avocado, banana, macadamia nut, vanilla soy smoothie sweetened with local honey from a road side organic stop off called Banana Joes.  Only takes a few minutes to prepare and leads to organic, creamy, rich deliciousness – great way to start your day or a great afternoon treat too!

Ingredients:
1. 1 cup vanilla soymilk (I’ve tried almost every brand and think Silk is the tastiest)
2. 1/4 avocado
3. 1 small banana or 1/2 large bana
4. 3-4 macadamia nuts
5. Optional: A few slices of fresh coconut meat if you can find some- otherwise you can leave this out or substitute with 1 tbsp of dried shredded coconut
6. Honey- drizzle amount to your liking: I do about 1 tbsp
7. 2 ice cubes

Directions: Blend everything together and enjoy – share with your love!