Destination Spa Salad

A salad with spa panache! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free home made creamy dressing with coconut milk.

Healthy recipe using #Dole ready to eat salad mixes and #Dole pineapple. Home made dressing with #ayurvedic spice benefits
Destination Spa Salad! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free

This refreshing and healthy salad will transport you to a tropical paradise spa! Feel the island breeze as you devour this salad made of massaged greens and radicchio tossed with fresh pineapple, apple and blackberries in delectable coconut pineapple dressing…… and…..wait for it…. topped with roasted pumpkin seeds !

And if the Destination Spa Salad has this kind of power transporting me from chilly, snowy New England, imagine what it could do for you! I am telling you, it is so totally worth giving the greens a massage 😉

I tempered the spices in coconut oil. According to Ayurveda, mustard seeds are said to have anti cancerous properties, asafetida is good for digestion, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and blood purifier and the green chili helps with metabolism. Tempering the spices helps bring out their volatile oils and hence their goodness. This tempered oil was used to massage the kale, radicchio, shaved Brussel sprouts, broccoli rabe and cabbage.

Healthy recipe using #Dole ready to eat salad mixes and #Dole pineapple. Home made dressing with #ayurvedic spices tempered in #coconut oil and using #coconut milk
Spices tempered in coconut oil

The creamy, nectarous dressing is fresh pineapple blended with coconut powder, Dijon mustard and Himalayan pink rock salt.

Healthy recipe using #Dole ready to eat salad mixes and #Dole pineapple. Home made dressing with #ayurvedic spices tempered in #coconut oil and using #coconut milk
Look at the salad tossed with the creamy nectarous pineapple coconut dressing!

My daughter believes that I am a ‘certifiable’ health nut 🙂 and my children will be happy to relate many funny stories about how I take up a cooking challenge. It is no surprise then that when I saw Angie’s brilliant idea for Fiesta Friday healthy recipe challenge , I knew it was calling my name! I cannot wait to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with. They are all so super talented. Do check out their recipes too.

Here is my recipe-

Destination Spa Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the tempering-

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida powder
  • ½ green chili, slit in the middle (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder


  • About 4 cups of mixed greens- I used a prewashed precut bag with a combination of kale, broccoli rabe, cabbage, Brussel sprouts and radicchio.
  • ½ fresh ripe pineapple, skin removed, cored and chopped into chunks.
  • 1 small red delicious apple, cored and diced
  • 8 blackberries


For the dressing-

  • ¾ cup pineapple pieces (I reserved the better looking pieces to toss in the salad)
  • 1/8 cup coconut milk powder or coconut cream from a can
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Pink Himalayan rock salt to taste


  • 2 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds

To make the Destination Spa salad-

  1. In a small pan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and when they start to sputter, add the asafetida, green chili and turmeric powder. As soon as they sizzle and are fragrant, remove from heat. Let it cool a bit.
  2. Chop the washed and dried mixed greens if not using a fresh package of salad greens mix.
  3. Put them in a bowl, add the tempered oil and spices and massage the greens for about a minute. remove and discard the chili pepper. Set aside.
  4. Make the dressing- Simply combine all ingredients for the dressing and blend until smooth and creamy. If the pineapple is not sweet and tangy, you may need to add some sugar and lime juice. It makes about ½ cup dressing.
  5. To the massaged greens, add the reserved pineapple pieces, diced apple, blackberries. Pour some of the dressing, toss and serve topped with the roasted pumpkin seeds. Serve extra dressing on the side!

Note: This salad can also be made with the addition of 1 cup of shredded rotisserie chicken

Enjoy your Destination Spa staycation with this moreish salad!









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  1. Absolutely gorgeous!! Who needs an island vacation when you can have this at home?! Can I come over, pleeeease… 😄😄 I really, really love the idea of massaging the greens with the spices and coconut oil. Especially on “tough” leaves like kale. What an incredible idea, Sandhya! 👏👏

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    1. Thank you Angie for your sweet words and for the brilliant challenge. I am absolutely enjoying reading (and drooling over)all the fabulous entries- hats off to all the super talented bloggers at Fiesta Friday!
      I love how the texture of the tougher greens, especially the kale, changes when massaged for a few minutes. And it seems to absorb the flavor of the coconut oil and spices…..just like me….with a little massage, I would assimilate better with my surroundings too 🙂


  2. What a great idea bringing this destination spa salad together! I was imagining myself on a beach with a salad like this in my lap and a margarita on the side 🙂 Great idea, wonderful vibrant and healthy ingredients. Win! Win! Sandhya 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Loretta. You always inspire me to try new ideas,with your kind words. Yes a margarita would go perfectly with this, right?


    1. Thanks so much Judi- I found quite a difference in especially the kale after massaging it. I always struggle with the photos.So appreciate your kind words a lot!


    1. Thanks so much Julianna! I try to eat healthy (most of the time:) and food has to look and taste good for me to stay on track.
      This is such a fun challenge isn’t it?


    1. Thanks so much Antonia. Sometimes I go overboard with the healthy 🙂 They never forget how i ruined their perfect rice krispy treats with mine packed with almonds and all things nutritious 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Tamara for visiting and for your kind comments. I try to eat healthy (most of the time:) and look forward to reading more of your informative posts!


  3. That salad looks just like out of the spa! So refreshing! Especially love how you arranged it in a pineapple boat… the dressing and the tempering gives it such an interesting feel… LOL at your kids calling you a health nut… Sometimes they can’t understand why moms behave the way they are… 😉


  4. Super, super awesome salad Sandhya!! As I have said before on FB, this will definitely transport anyone to a breezy destination and I can vouch for the wintery, cold New England weather! Definitely trying this when I get there and I am sure my kids would enjoy this thoroughly!


  5. WOW!!!! I think I had commented on this post may be on FB. Looks awesome it is the kind of salad that we as a family are crazy about. I will definitely want some of the action here,


  6. This definitely is a much needed salad recipe in times like this when we are stuck at home and yearning to go on a tropical vacation. Love the dressing for the salad and how you have presented it.


  7. This is such a beautiful salad addition to that spa day. I love the way you have used tadka to flavour this salad.


  8. Oh I wish I could just grab the whole salad. Its so beautiful and so much care has been taken to include all healthy ingredients. What sets it apart from most salads is the addition of the Indian tadka.


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