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Zunker Pineapple Salad

The Zunker Pineapple Salad is named for my friend Julie’s Mum and Dad who grow the very sweet and juicy Rough Leafpineapple on their farm near Mackay.  This dish starring the pineapple is a breeze to assemble and all the family loves it. 

Handy Hints and Tips:

  • While Rough Leafpineapple is delicious it isn’tyour usual commercial supermarket variety. You can substitute other varieties of sweet, ripe pineapple or canned pineapple.  

  • You can substitute the chicken with spiced chickpeas (hyperlink to spiced chickpea recipe)

  • Save the chicken bones for stock. 

  • Breaking the noodles up into smaller pieces prior to cooking makes them easier to manage in a salad.

  • Ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and then Combined just before serving.

  • Serves 5 to 6 as a meal.

Ingredients & Method:


1 Pineapple peeled, sliced and diced, make sure you retain as much juice as possible. 

1 handful Green Beans or Snow Peas 

1 Yellow Capsicum diced 

1 small bunch Fresh Coriander, stems diced and leaves loosely torn 

1 bunch Fresh Mint, leaves torn

2 large handfuls Fresh Spinach

1 Spanish Onion finely diced

4 Shallots - green and white bits finely sliced

2 Kaffir Lime Leaves finely sliced

2 serves Noodles, prepared as per packet, drained.

1 cup of Shredded Coconut toasted 

1 free range Roast Chicken remove stuffing, remove skin if preferred, shred the meat.



2 tablespoon Tamari

1 teaspoon Fish Sauce

1 tablespoon Peanut Oil

1 teaspoon Sesame Oil

1 ½  Lime juice and Zest

1 Chilli to taste, finely chopped

1 tablespoon Ginger grated 


  • Combine all the salad ingredients except coconut and chicken in a very large serving bowl, gently mix, add chicken or chickpeas on top of salad.  

  • Combine dressing ingredients and mix well.

  • Tip dressing over the salad, top with coconut, toss gently and serve.

Entertaining Tip:

  • Summer is the time to eat this salad in north Queensland.

  • I highly recommend the salad as a post exercise/training meal, the combination of sweet, salty and fresh flavours really hit the spot.

  • Plant the top of your pineapple in a sunny spot in the garden, Julie has seen Rough Leaf pineapple growing on sun exposed, hard, rocky slopes. This is describes the site of my garden very well, I am hopeful that Rough Leaf Pineapples will grow!


Cheers, Jo

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