Pineapple, Cucumber and Pecan Raw Food Detox Salad

Pineapple Salad, Raw Diet Deliciousness

Quick and easy pineapple salad meal, good for raw diet, raw food detox, vegans, vegetarians and healthy food lovers; made with pineapple, pecans, salad greens and optional cheese.
Quick and easy pineapple salad meal, good for raw diet, raw food detox, vegans, vegetarians and healthy food lovers; made with pineapple, pecans, salad greens and optional cheese. | Source

Quick and Easy Salad Meal for Every Diet Plan

This is a very quick and easy raw food recipe and healthy salad that has the perfect combination of fresh ingredients, crunchy textures, juicy sweetness and salty creaminess. Each of the ingredients contributes to a perfectly balanced meal salad for a warm spring/summer day.

Besides being healthy, full of fiber, vitamins and minerals, this salad takes cero cooking time and about 15 minutes to get ready.

I am giving a basic salad recipe with a standard "fruit-vegetables-nuts-cheese" ratio as reference for you to customize as you wish, until it fits your personal preferences. For example:

  • if you are on a strict raw diet or are vegan, you can omit the cheese;
  • if you don´t like or don´t have Gouda cheese, you can use Edam, Cheddar or even Gruyere;
  • if you have an inclination for any other kind of nuts –almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts , peanuts- you can use those instead of the pecans;
  • you can toast the pecans or eat them raw (when toasted, the sweetness of the nuts becomes more evident and its flavor is highlighted);
  • you can substitute the Italian lettuce for a darker green leave lettuce;
  • if you don´t like or don´t have pineapple, you can use other fruits such as orange or pears;
  • I almost never discard the skin of my fruit and veggies -unless it is absolutely not edible; in the case of cucumber, I leave the skin on for a higher fiber content, extra crunchiness and because I love to chew, but if you want them more tender you can also peel them.

My intention is to give inspiration for you to get creative and take advantage of the beautiful and healthy gifts of nature to become a healthier, happier eater.


Nutritional Facts of the Raw Diet Heroes Contained in this Pineapple Salad

  • Cucumber Contains high levels of vitamin E, essential for healthy heart muscles, and iodine for healthy hair, nails, skin, teeth and thyroid function. Helps prevent water retention.
  • Pineapple Contains bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory properties and helps the body digest protein.
  • Lettuce Contains silicon, which helps promote calcium metabolism and eliminates excess uric acid deposits from the bone structure and bloodstream (the darker green leaves being richer than the lighter green ones).
  • Pecans Good source of plant- derived protein and unsaturated fat, rich in omega 6 fatty acids. The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans reduce high cholesterol by reducing the bad LDL cholesterol levels.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: single serving

Ingredients for the Pineapple Raw Food Detox Salad

  • 1½ cups Italian lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
  • ½ cup cucumber (with or without skin), diced
  • 1⁄3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1⁄3 cup Gouda cheese, diced
  • 1 cup Pineapple, diced
  • 3 teaspoon oleic oil
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • salt and pepper

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Instructions for the Pineapple Raw Food Detox Pineapple Salad

  1. To use the minimal amount of dishes, make everything in the same big bowl from which you´ll be eating your salad.
  2. Combine the vinegar with salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add the oil and emulsify.
  4. Add the lettuce, cucumber and pineapple and toss together dressing it all up.
  5. Add the cheese and sprinkle the pecans on top.
  6. Enjoy your healthy, quick and esay salad meal.

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Comments on Raw Diet and the Pineapple, Cucumber and Pecan Quick and Easy Salad Meal 26 comments

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Danareva 4 years ago from Miami

This sounds and looks refreshing and delish- just in time for summer! I am a pineapple fanatic so I will def be trying this. Thanks for sharing!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Danareva, I agree, fresh, juicy, raw ingredients are the perfect combination for a summer dish and this pineapple salad has all of these characteristics. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks for your interest and comments, I really appreciate them.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I just did a three-day raw detox and pretty much suffered through it with smoothies and juices, alternating sweet, sour and spicy to make it interesting. I've marked this recipe for next time I want a healthy salad or am detoxing. I love the combination of dried fruit, nuts and veggies. Thanks!


irka winniczuk 4 years ago

mmmmm, yummyyy, very enjoyable......


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi vespawoolf, I am glad you found this pineapple salad for your next detoxing or healthy appetite. The combination of veggies with the pineapple´s juices and the crunchiness of it all make this salad meal a very satisfying lunch. I hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Irka, thanks for your input :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

This is such a delicious yet easy recipe, Claudia.

will give it a try...thanks. voted up and sharing across!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This salad sounds really good. Thanks for sharing your recipe and I will try this soon.


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

I love Salads... and that one looks yummy. Would surely try this one. In the meanwhile, I am off to supervise my maid making Green Apple and Chicken Salad. Voted up!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love your recipe, my friend. It sound delicious and healthy as well. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and awesome!

Prasetio


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Ruchira, thanks for your input and sharing, I really appreciate it :D. Hope you enjoy the pineapple salad as much as I do.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Susuan, thanks for your interest in this healthy, fresh, summer salad. It is my pleasure to share it with you. I can sincerely say that it is just as delicious as it looks and I hope you´ll agree with me :D

Enjoy!!!

Many thanks for your feedback.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Anamika, nice to know you are a salad meal lover just as I am. This pineapple, cucumber and pecan salad with the cheese and green leaves is something you´ll definitely enjoy then.

Green apple and chicken, sounds alluring to me, why don´t you share that one with us as well?!

Thanks for dropping by, for your comments and input, I really appreciate it.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi prasetio30, I am glad and honored you find this quick and easy salad meal good enough to include in your food repertoire. I hope you enjoy it and feel its benefits even if you are not on a detox or raw food diet.

Thanks for your visit, input and comments, thanks, thanks, thanks!!! :D


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, Claudia

Looks and sounds amazing and I love the way you have used the new layout options. For me, this is a form of summer perfection, incorporating wonderful, natural flavours in a tasty and interesting way.

Definitely going to give this a try!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I love pecans - probably my favourite nut. This sounds like a very interesting combination as I wouldn’t have thought of putting cucumber and pineapple together.

I’m looking forward to giving this a try.

Good pic too!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Gordon, I agree with your generous description of this cucumber, pecan and pineapple salad, "summer perfection" is a lovely way to put it. I hope you do enjoy this quick and easy salad meal one of these upcoming summer days.

Thanks for your input.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Melovy, I am crazy about pecans too; I think it is because they have the sweet-nutty flavor more accentuated than others.

I hope you enjoy this new salad combination. If I think about it, I wouldn´t have thought of putting cucumber and pecans together either but this salad meal is definitely one of the best combinations of my repertoire. That´s the nice thing about food and cooking, one can always easily try new things.

That dark wooden table is the best background for dishes I have and I use it all the time. Thanks for the compliment on mi picture.


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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

I try to eat raw as much as possible and I'm always looking for salad ideas. I love the pineapple and nuts combo too. Thanks for sharing!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Turtlewoman, I am sure this pineapple salad will make your raw diet delicious and enjoyable. The mixture of ingredients makes it a perfectly fresh, juicy, crunchy and nutty dish to enjoy in a raw diet, raw food detox plan or even a regular healthy regime.

It is my pleasure to share it with you :D, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments, they are very much appreciated.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Such a fantastic recipe with an abundance of health benefits. This is awesome Claudia, very well done and it looks delicious. Thanks for a stellar hub. Rated 5, useful, awesome, and interesting :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Olde Cashmere,

I told you I love pecans :), they really add the perfect touch and make this salad combination both healthy, as you well described in your last hub about their health benefits, and delicious; this pineapple salad wouldn´t be the same without them.

I can´t thank you enough for your enthusiasm and generous feedback! Thanks, thanks, thanks, I really appreciate it.


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

I love eating pineapples and cucumber. this looks so good!! 5 stars!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi snowdrops, I also love pineapple and cucumber and find that they make a great combination with all the other ingredients of this salad meal. Glad you liked it and thanks very much for your feedback.


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

I was drawn to this as soon as I saw it. Finally made it for lunch today. It's GREAT. Even my husband, who likes nothing but salmon, blinis and taramasalata, herrings and shrimp went wild over it (though he did suggest I add shrimp next time)! I used what I had on hand for dressing, that is, white balsamic vinegar and walnut oil. It worked beautifully. Thanks for sharing. This is a keeper!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi LetitiaFT! That is wonderful!!!! I am so glad you enjoyed this salad meal. The pineapple, cucumber and pecan salad must taste fantastic with the walnut oil dressing, yummy!.... some extra nuttiness comes in great. Thanks for dropping by and writing your feedback, I really appreciate it :)

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