Caribbean Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Put your senses in vacation mode with this Caribbean salad drizzled with honey lime dressing made famous by Disney’s ‘Ohana restaurant. Pineapple, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, cilantro, green onions and more will tantalize your taste buds.

Kick off your shoes. You’re in for a treat! 

Carribean Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

I don’t want to rush things because spring is a perfectly lovely time of year. But, I’m ready for a relaxing summer vacation. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles before me, including the end of school year hustle and bustle.

Luckily, I discovered a way to transport my senses, if only for the dinner hour, to paradise.

Caribbean salad with honey lime dressing…take me away!

For some reason, I’m on island time when feasting on tender salad greens mingled with fresh pineapple chunks, mandarin orange segments and dried cranberries. (I am partial to butter lettuce, but mixed greens would be nice too.)

Cilantro and green onions add another delicious flavor dimension.

Caribbean Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

And, then there is the eye appeal of sesame and Chia seeds. Aren’t they festive? They add to the mood that I’m trying to set with this salad.

Not to mention, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate the powerhouse Chia seed into meals other than my morning oatmeal!

Honey Lime Dressing

I’m still obsessing over the honey lime dressing served at Disney’s ‘Ohana restaurant at the Polynesian resort. I used a version of this recipe, minus the onions, in Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing. For this salad, the onion adds just the right zing to the dressing.

Caribbean Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

The salad pictured is topped with black beans for a vegetarian dish. Add whatever protein suits your fancy. Next time, I might add blackened honey chicken. 🙂

I’m imagining a fancy drink with a little pink umbrella, warm breezes and sand between my toes. Ahhh…all thanks to this easy Caribbean salad.

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Easy and Healthy Caribbean Saladdrizzled with Honey Lime Dressing made famous by Disney’s ‘Ohana restaurant. Pineapple, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, cilantro, green onions and more will tantalize your taste buds. Gluten-free

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Caribbean Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Pineapple, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, cilantro, green onions and more will tantalize your taste buds in this Caribbean inspired salad with honey lime dressing.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 458kcal

Ingredients

Salad

  • 8 cups salad greens I used butter lettuce
  • 2 cups pineapple cut into small cubes
  • 2 cups mandarin orange segments packed in water
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions sliced
  • 4 teaspoons Chia seeds
  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 cups black beans chicken, shrimp or your favorite protein

Honey Lime Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil, organic and cold-pressed
  • 1 Tablespoons onion finely diced or grated
  • Pinch Salt

Instructions

  • Layer salad greens, pineapple, mandarin orange segments, cranberries, cilantro and green onion between 4 plates or in a large bowl.
  • To make the honey lime dressing, add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Drizzle dressing over the salad.
  • Sprinkle Chia seeds and sesame seeds over the top.
  • Top with black beans or desired protein.

Nutrition

Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 36.3% | Vitamin C: 105.2% | Calcium: 12.9% | Iron: 19.2%

Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Love using apple cider vinegar in a dressing and with lime, yummo!

  2. Well, wouldn’t you know…I just bought a pound of chia seeds and need something else to use them in besides pudding. Huzzah!

  3. What a totally delicious looking salad! Love that honey lime dressing…yum!

  4. Summer vacation. That term sounds so foreign now that I no longer get it! Oh well, guess I’ll just have summery salads and dream of those days long gone! I need to get on that chia train too. I love it in my granola but haven’t tried it elsewhere.

  5. This sounds so refreshing!

  6. Mmmm, I could totally go for this right about now 🙂

  7. Now I want a beach vacation!

  8. The Poly resort is one of my faves and that salad looks so scrumptious! I love how you incorporated Chia seeds into it 🙂

  9. There’s nothing better than a refreshing salad. This one looks great!

  10. This is one seriously gorgeous salad. Love the dressing. I have to admit I’m a sucker for mandarin oranges. Big time.

  11. Perfect summer salad, the honey lime dressing looks amazing! 🙂

  12. I’m with you on the whole spring thing only because the weather won’t make up its mind and STICK with spring! Every time I think we’ve finally warmed up for real, the temps plummet again. I think it would help if you’d pass me a plate of salad. 🙂

  13. That looks so delicious, I could eat it now for breakfast!!!

  14. Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) says:

    Beautiful Salad. And you bet, it sings Summer.

  15. I’m all over salads lately and this one looks so fresh! Pinning and trying soon!

  16. Making this recipe for a group dinner tonight. Theme is Caribbean. My question is : could nuts be added (which ones would be good?) Also, some kind of cheese appropriate??
    Need answer ASAP since dinner is this evening.
    Thanks so much, Marjory.

    • Hi! You can definitely add nuts such as almonds or pecans. Coconut flakes are nice addition nice too. I looove cheese. But, I’m not quite sure what you would add, possibly goat cheese or Monterey Jack…I’d put it on the side! Hope you have a wonderful evening!

  17. You had me at Ohana. Love all the food there. Great use of the dressing and making this full of Caribbean Flavor.

  18. Going to make the salad and dressing this weekend for a Caribbean themed party I am throwing. Just one question, what kind of onion did you use for the salad dressing? Just a regular yellow onion or something else?

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