This is a fantastic tropical salad. It is a refreshing, light lunch for these hottest days of summer. It is easily portable, so bring it with you to the pool or the beach! It is a great use for leftovers and a perfect lunch to pack for work or school. It's just awesome. It is as good and easier to make than my other favorite lunch salad, the Austin Club-inspired Seafood Salad.
I first had this "salad" at the Lyford Cay Club in the Bahamas. It was called "Salad Danielle" for some reason. My mother-in-law and I agreed that I needed to recreate it on my blog.
Curried Chicken & Shrimp Pineapple Salad
1/4 cup homemade Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Curry Powder*
1 1/2 cups cooked Shrimp, chopped**
1 cup cooked Chicken Breast, chopped
1/2 cup celery, minced
1 cup pineapple, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
*I buy my curry powder from the bulk section of Central Market or Whole Foods.
I like the spicier styles of curry powder, but you can just use what you like!
**You can cook the shrimp yourself or buy it pre-cooked at the fish counter
What I love about this dish is that it is only 6 ingredients, so it's easy to make. The flavors are all bold and unique, and come together in such a perfect way! Spicy curry, creamy mayo, sweet pineapple, meaty chicken and shrimp, and crunchy celery-- this thing is loaded with flavor and texture. Plus, it is its own beautiful serving dish if you hull out the pineapple!
First you have to chop the pineapple hot-dog style, right down the middle. Then, you need to make the halves into beautiful bowls that will later hold the finished dish.
Next, cut 1" chunks into the pineapple and scoop them out with a spoon.
Get a rugrat to season some shrimp and cook it up for you. Or you can just buy pre-cooked shrimp at the store. To cook my shrimp, I tossed it with about 1 Tablespoon of melted coconut oil, seasoned it with salt and pepper, and baked it at 400º for 12-15 minutes.
Mix everything in a bowl.
Serve in your pineapple boat. How beautiful and impressive it this!? What a great dish to bring to a potluck, block party or barbecue!
Let me know what you think of this recipe!
It tastes best the day its made, but you could serve it the following day as well!
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