Fresh Pineapple, Avocado and Pea Shoot Salad

I am a huge fan of spring and summer because that means more salads for meals and I am a huge fan of a salad. Big or small, I love salad.  Myself and 5 other bloggers teamed up to bring you some fun healthy recipes AND a fun gadget giveaway sponsored by Kitchen IQ.

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Normally when I make salads I make HUGE salads. At least 5-6 cups of lettuce plus all the other fun add ins. This time I decided to go for something different and not pile on the lettuce, but thin slices of fruits and veggies.

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I wanted a nice variety of flavors, textures and color in this salad. Sweet pineapple, creamy avocado, spicy peppers, thin red onion, my favorite – pea shoots and I forgot to add the tomatoes to this pic! Oops!

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One fun thing about making salads is I get to use my GIANT fancy Japanese knife my  husband got me for Christmas. I feel like a samurai when I am using that thing. I think my husband likes the knife because he can practice his knife sharpening skills. When we were first dating he impressed me with how well he kept his knives and he sharpened them on a regular basis. He’s a fantastic cook by the way, and I will be featuring some of his recipes soon.

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When Kitchen IQ sent me a few gadgets to try out, my husband was most excited about the knife sharpeners. We got to try out a few, and for my fancy knife the preferred sharpening method is the stone. It gets my knife so super sharp so I can chop red onion slices so thin you can see through them. Now that is thin!

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I love adding in crunchy items like nuts and seeds and I am pretty sure I could eat my bodyweight in salted sunflower seeds if given the chance. So I usually eat a generous handful as I am making my salads and I still sprinkle some on the salad. No selenium deficiencies for me.

14139448382 40d5fdaa00 o Fresh Pineapple,  Avocado and Pea Shoot Salad   Here are the other amazing recipes in this Virtual Healthy Spring Recipe Party.

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1.Kelli of Kelli’s Kitchen – Cornish Hens with Mango Avocado Chutney.

2. Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake – Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables

3. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic – Farro with Dried Cranberries and Pistachios

4. Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen – Spring Risotto with Leeks, Spinach and Peas

5. Shanna of Pineapple and Coconut – Fresh Pineapple, Avocado and Pea Shoot Salad

6. Marnely of Cooking with Books – Hearty Spring Quinoa Salad

Fresh Pineapple Avocado and Pea Shoot Salad #HealthySpring #KitchenIQ #Giveaway
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 4
A light and healthy fresh Pineapple, Avocado and Pea Shoot Salad for our Virtual Healthy Spring Party with Kitchen IQ
  • 1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored and sliced into thin circles then quartered
  • 3 avocados, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 Tbsp roasted and salted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup fresh pea shoots
  • 1-2 serrano pepper, stem, seeds and ribs removed, diced
  • 4 Tbsp Avocado oil. (Or olive oil)
  • 4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Arrange the pineapple slices on 4 plates, top with the remaining ingredients up to the peppers. Drizzle each salad with one tablespoon of avocado oil each and then one teaspoon of lemon juice each. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Add more diced peppers if desired. Serve immediately.


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Yay for spring and healthy fresh produce to make lots of fun salads and other light recipes!


Thanks to Kitchen IQ for sponsoring this post. I received some kitchen IQ Products for review, and no other compensation. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I make huge salads all the time. It’s a great way to use up leftovers and get in lots of veggies!

  2. I need this salad in my life ASAP! Spring on a plate…and so beautiful!!!

  3. I’m always looking for new ingredients to add to my tomato and avo salad, and BAM pineapple fits the bill! Gorgeous!
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  4. Beautiful salad!!! And I’m eying those tomatoes….
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  5. That is one ridiculously awesome salad, and I am with ya on the sunflower seeds! Have a great weekend. And I can’t wait to see what your husband makes one of these days.

    • Thanks Matt!! They are addicting aren’t they? I usually have to fight my 3 year old for them, she is a sunflower seed addict too!! Have a great weekend also!

  6. Maggie Wallace says:

    This looks so yummy! Will be on the menu next week! I love to make salads with fresh ingredients!

  7. Samantha says:

    OMG this looks so fresh and delicious for summer….I love salads in the summer, this looks perfect. Where do you get the pea shoots? I’ve never seen those in the grocery store.

  8. I love avocado, tomato, and red onion! Never thought of adding pineapple. I pretty much love anything with avocado in it!!

  9. avocado hearts of palm salad

  10. You arranged this salad this beautifully. I appreciate that. I make huge salads too. My question is: Is it safe to be in the same kitchen when you are ins Samurai mode?
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  11. Elizabeth G. says:

    Beautiful salad! I like simple yet delicious recipes.

  12. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Beautiful salad! I don’t know that I have an exact favorite healthy recipe, yet. Cooking is almost a new experience now that I am using only whole foods cooked completely from scratch. I am learning that having the proper tools is an absolute must!

  13. One of my favorite healthy recipes is skinny funfetti dip

  14. Angie Jerde says:

    I love making anything with sweet potatoes! My favorite is a roasted sweet potato drizzled with PB2 and cinnamon!

  15. We love big salads at our house. I vary them by one day doing an asian themed salad, the next it’s a taco-ish salad, etc. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  16. Love that knife (and this salad)!
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  17. This looks amazing Shanna! Like you, I like my salads to be HUUUUUGE. I can’t say I have a favourite, but one of my go-to’s lately has been mixed greens with spiralized zucchini, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, and organic salmon, tossed in a delicious green herb dressing that I make in my Vitamix. It’s so addictive! Your salad looks so so pretty and being a kitchen gadget fiend myself, I’m sure you had fun doing all the slicing for it!
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  18. What a beautiful salad you have created, love the fact that it is dressed with avocado oil only.
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    • Thank you. I love salad dressings – but usually only light vinaigrettes and sometimes I think they can over power salads so I will just drizzle a light oil and either a balsamic vinegar ( I love the white balsamic from Trader Joes) or I will do a squeeze of lemon juice like I did here.

  19. Skinny quacamole

  20. One of my Favorite Healthy Recipes to make is Roasted Peppers, Cauliflower, and Almonds:

  21. Brittany Koelmel says:

    I love avocado salad with tomato!

  22. Squee, this is just the prettiest salad I’ve ever seen. You blow my mind with your photos woman.
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  23. I love cooking a great fish up with some rice and green beans!

  24. I make big salads every day for lunch. I now know what Elaine was talking about…

  25. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Love Making Fresh Garden Salsa, So Many Ways To Make It, Mango Salsa Is A Favorite!

  26. I love the sweet zing of pineapple with avocado in this salad. Just beautiful… GREG


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