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Healthy Pineapple Coconut Salad

This is a great salad to serve with BBQ or oriental flavored foods.  If you’re not familiar with Coconut Secret products, you’ll want to use it in this recipe! All of their products are ONE INGREDIENT products – coconut!!  Amazing!

Raw Coconut Crystals

Raw coconut crystals are a low-glycemic sweetener.  You don’t need to feel guilty using this palm sugar in recipes because it actually has a very low glycemic index of just 35. Comparing coconut crystals with other sweeteners: honey has a GI of 55-83 and sugar has a GI of 65-100. It also has a wonderful brown sugar flavor.

Raw Coconut Flour

The Coconut flour is a great thickener (yes, you can use it in gravies and baking, too). You may love it because it adds fiber to your diet. In fact, it rivals other fiber sources such as psyllium, wheat bran, oat bran, and rice bran. Coconut also supplies an impressive 61% dietary fiber! Foods contain two types of carbohydrates – digestible and non-digestible.  Digestible carbohydrates (soluble fiber) consists of starch and sugar and promote calories. Non-digestible carbohydrates (insoluble fiber) contain NO calories.  Since the body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, no calories are derived from it and it has no effect on blood sugar.

Here’s the skinny: Coconut flour is gluten-free, very low-carb, and actually lowers the calorie content of foods. It also contains 40% dietary fiber, promotes lipid oxidation (helps burn fat), aids in digestive health, and helps balance blood sugar levels.  How much more could you ask for from Coconut flour?!

Recipe

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 15 oz pineapple (fresh or canned), in chunks (doesn’t need to be organic due to the thick shell)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup organic shredded unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup organic sour cream (yogurt, if preferred)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons organic Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Crystals (Palm Sugar Crystals) to taste
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon organic Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Flour (thickener, can substitute with arrowroot)
  • Pecans (optional)

Place the pineapple chunks in a bowl (drain off extra juice) and add the shredded coconut. Mix the sour cream (or yogurt), Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Crystals, vanilla, and Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Flour together. Pour it over the pineapple and coconut mixture.  Mix thoroughly.

Marinate the salad in the refrigerator to moisten the coconut and allow the flavors to blend. Sprinkle with chopped pecans just before serving, if desired.

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