Sweet and Spicy Banana Kiwi Salad.
I would have never thought to combine these items together.
Sure – the banana and the kiwi, obviously.
But the cayenne, the vinegar, the honey? Please scroll down and thoroughly read the recipe. It is packed with crazy, different ingredients that one would not usually find delicious when combined.
I, on the other hand, knew it would be delicious since I have a knack for combining wild ingredients together. Like bacon and peanut butter. Or chocolate and bacon. Or bacon and, well. . .everything.
Even the vegetables are enjoyable. And let’s be honest, we all know that vegetables are terrible. Right? Right?
Humor me. Please.
This salad is the epitome of summer.
It tastes like summer. It looks like summer. It smells like summer. It is summer.
And who hates summer? No one.
I love summer.
Even though I sweat like a man. Even though my false eyelashes run off my face because of the sweat. Even though Mr. How Sweet loves turning off the air conditioner when I’m not home and it’s 87 degrees in the house. Even though I sweat while showering, eating, cooking, writing, sleeping. . .you get the drift.
I still enjoy summer. And I thoroughly enjoyed this salad – as odd as the combo may be.
It is a pretty salad, too.
Bright, colorful, and packed with flavor.
I made mine a few hours ahead of time, and even the banana stayed fresh.
Mid-bite, I discovered that I forgot to add the cashews. The heat is going to my brain. My head is fried.
I still included them in the recipe. Don’t follow my lead. Don’t forget the cashews. They give the salad a fantastic crunch.
Banana Kiwi Salad
from Eating Well
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon minced shallot
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
pinch of cayenne pepper
4 kiwis, chopped
2 firm yellow bananas, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped cashews, toasted
Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, shallots, vinegar, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and honey. Add kiwi, banana, peppers and mint, and toss to combine. Sprinkle with chopped cashews.
Now I have to go battle Mr. How Sweet with the air conditioning and the ceiling fan.
Don’t worry – I will win.
I always do. If I didn’t, the man would starve.
50 Comments on “Sweet and Spicy Banana Kiwi Salad.”
I have to say that when I make fruit salads they normally just involve cut up fruit and a fork. This salad has beautiful colors and interesting ingredients. I love how you added pepper, cashews, shallots, etc to this. Looks great!
I think it looks like Christmas!!! But yes, it looks like it would TASTE just like summer…yum!
hahahahaha brilliant and so true!
Good girl eating your vegetables! Baby steps right? I think it is completely acceptable to disguise them! If it makes you feel any better…I have a constant battle with my husband over the air conditioner and the ceiling fan! Good luck!
wow cayenne pepper? Interesting!
What a unique salad. I’d say the bell pepper is the most “shocking” ingredient. I totally want to try this though!
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This salad looks like it’s dripping in awesome-sauce! Just how I like it! ;-)
What an interesting combo! Looks really good though!
That looks awesome!! I would love that!! :) Such a yummy combination of ingredients!!
interesting combo…i would never have thought to add all of those ingredients together! it really does look and sound like summer…and no one hates summer :)
I LOVE this recipe! It’s so perfect for summer :)
Not the likeliest of combinations but it sure does look pretty tasty.
This looks awesome! It looks like a perfect summer salad! I would have never thought to add all of those things together!
Could you use onions instead of shallots? I know that they’re similar but that onions have a stronger, oniony flavour and shallots are more delicately sweet… I’ve never had shallots before, is that correct?! (I don’t like oniony smells/tastes anyway so could I just omit it?) I do think that this looks perfectly colourful and delicious. I think I know what to make tomorrow when I’m feeling hot again :D
Yes – you could sub, but if you don’t like onions, I would just leave them out. :)
I love sweet and spicy and I have had a major kiwi craving recently so this looks ahhhmazing
What an ingredient list! It reminds me of being in Mexico and trying a mango with salt, lime, and chili sauce…it was amazing!!!
I absolutely LOVE that flavor combo – love sweet and heat. Thanks for the recipe Jessica!
I’m glad I’m not the only one with an over-active gland issue once the calendar hits June. Heck, who am I kidding? I have hot flashed year-round. This salad may not be in my best interest unless I’m standing in a walk-in fridge.
I love spicing up fruit! So good!
I’m intrigued! It’s so colorful – like the margherita pizza of the fruit salad world. ;)
I hear ya on the sweating. I feel like showering is almost a waste because the second I step out of the shower, I’m sweating again.
But it doesn’t matter to me. Summer is AWESOME.
This salad is so pretty! I usually cringe when there is fruit in my salad, but this is intriguing.
I hope your salad cools you down! Lol. I have to admit I’m the one who turns off the a/c at my house. It’s a constant battle over here!
hey i put nooch and cinnamon together with coconut oil on my popcorn and love it. sometimes the odd combos just work!
The first time my sister saw a kiwi she screamed, “I’m not eating hairy fruit!”
This is definitely a surprising mix of ingredients. It has sweetness, crunch, spice…very interesting!
Bacon and peanut butter sammies are my favorite! I agree with bacon with anything! :)
Hmmm, very interesting! I would never have thought to combine bananas and veggies. But I like to try new things – especially when they are this pretty and colorful!
Oh this looks fabulous! Things I wouldn’t think of putting together, but when you think about it–yeah. It’s good!
Thanks for sharing!
I love all the colors. This salad sounds just crazy enough to work. I think I may have to give it a try!!
This looks amazing. Fruit + spice = two of my favorite things, but the only time I’ve ever had them together is in mango salsa. Definitely going to give this a try!!
What a wonerful looking salad ~ fruit and spice ♥.
That is an unbelievably gorgeous salad. Truly beautiful… and it sounds delicious too!
That does sound strange, but it looks delicious.
My husband absolutely despises bananas, to the point of gagging at the smell, so I would just have to make it for myself sometime.
YUM! This looks delish!
What an interesting combination of flavours – I bet it is great!! Another perfect summer dish for me to try when I am off of work!
Brilliant flavor combo. So fresh and summery!
That looks just yummie. I think my family would love that. They love everything that is in it. Thanks for sharing.
This was so good! i made it last nite to rave reviews until someone said i thought this was supposed to have nuts in it. oops! i forgot the cashews as well!
Wow!!! Would have never thought to make something like this…I’m all for trying out weird combos. Yum!
What an interesting combination of flavors! It does make for a beautiful plate though and I’m sure it tastes delicious. I’ll have to try it out someday soon.
Interesting addition with the bell peppers. I will have to try.
Damn. This blog kicks my ass. I’m slobbering at the mouth…this salad looks strange, you’re right. But I must try. I like all of the ingredients, so maybe they’ll taste good together? After looking at those cupcakes, I trust your judgement. :P Plus, my neighbors always have the best “new” recipes, so this will give me something to run with with the big dogs down the street. Thanks! :)
I’ve never thought to put red bell pepper with fruit, yum! I just might have to try this recipe!
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This looks delish.
I have a question, which is how many servings would you expect to be – either as a main salad at or before dinner, or as a portion people might take at a party?